Weather Service employee to receive Commerce Department Bronze award

The U.S. Department of Commerce will award its Bronze Medal to National Weather Service (NWS) employee David Andra, Science and Operations Officer (SOO) at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, Okla., for his outstanding contributions to the short term forecast and warning capabilities of NWS forecast offices across the nation.

Andra worked aggressively on the integration of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) into short term forecasting and warnings. The development, deployment and commissioning of AWIPS has been a major program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the NWS for more than a decade.

Andra has been a key player throughout the evaluation, testing and integration of the system. Results of his dedicated efforts were demonstrated dramatically by the exceptional performance level of the Norman staff during the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak in Oklahoma.

The award will be presented by NOAA Administrator Dr. D. James Baker, October 19th in a ceremony at the University of Maryland Conference Center in College Park, Md. The Commerce Department grants the Bronze Medal to National Weather Service offices and employees who have made outstanding or significant contributions in support of the overall departmental goals that serve the nation.