Ten Radar Operations Center employees nominated for awards were recognized at the Annual Oklahoma Federal Executive Board Awards Banquet May 7 in Norman. These outstanding employees were selected by ROC management boards that identified organizational leaders based on three criteria: job accomplishments, impact on operations, and outside achievements
Radar Operations Center
It’s always raining near Spearville, Kansas. At least it appears to be when forecasters like Larry Ruthi look at radar displays. Turns out, what looks like thunderstorms are actually rotating turbine blades from a wind farm.
Three Radar Operations Center employees were recognized for their outstanding service during the Oklahoma Federal Executive Board (FEB) Public Service Recognition Banquet held May 3 at the National Center for Employee Development in Norman, Okla.
Dave Zittel, meteorologist with the Radar Operations Center in Norman, Okla., has been named the August Employee of the Month by the NOAA National Weather Service. This national award recognizes Zittel’s outstanding technical contribution on development of a new weather radar technique that has greatly enhanced NEXRAD weather radar.
The Oklahoma Federal Executive Board recently recognized 11 employees of the Norman-based Radar Operations Center (ROC) during the annual public service recognition banquet.
The FEB awards are part of Public Service Recognition Week, and honor the Oklahoma Federal Employees of the Year, publicizing to the general public, as well as to the federal family, the high caliber of devoted employees in the federal service.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded the team behind a collaborative project to make high-resolution weather radar data available in real-time to the public its prestigious 2004 Technology Transfer Award. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The award recognized the team for “development of a national real-time radar data archival and Internet2 delivery system for university, government and private sectors.” Taking advantage of high performance networking capabilities and other recent technological advances, the team successfully transferred the technology from research into NOAA’s National Weather Service, private sector operations and research and education facilities.
High-resolution radar data from the national network of Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD) is now available in real time to government, university and private sector users, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today.
This data represents the highest resolution picture of what the radar system is “seeing” in real time—as the antenna spins. As a result, faster, higher resolution and more detailed weather products will be developed. Researchers have already proven the value of this data in various applications. Now it will be available to everyone.
A significant upgrade recently completed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Radar Operations Center has allowed the worldwide network of Doppler weather radars to produce better information faster. Known as the Next Generation Radar or NEXRAD, the 158 operational and 8 support radars are operated by the Departments of Commerce, Transportation and Defense.
An event to recognize all of the agencies involved in the development, testing and deployment of the radar upgrade was held in Norman this morning. Brig. Gen. Jack Kelly USAF (Ret.), director of the National Weather Service, attended and presented the plaques.
Nearly 60 surplus federal computers that would have been discarded by two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agencies in Norman, the Radar Operations Center and the Storm Prediction Center, will instead serve to protect the lives and property of Oklahoma citizens and further the education of Oklahoma youth.
The NEXRAD Employees Association recently donated a new big screen television to Rosewood Manor Living Center, a local nursing home. The donation was made possible by proceeds from their annual golf tournament held in September.