Awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation in 2005, its Certified Consulting Meteorologist designation in 1998, and its Television Seal of Approval in 1984.
Awarded the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award in 2009, recognizing significant career contributions to the television industry.
Awarded Emmys by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences
for 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2005 science reporting, 2010 Dundee tornado
coverage, and for production of 2003 documentary “Krakatoa: Mountain of
Fire.” Also nominated for Emmys for 1990, 1992, and 1993 productions of
television documentaries “Tornadoes: A Deadly Matter,” and for 2004, 2007
and 2013 science reporting.
Received 2nd place award by the Detroit Press Club Foundation for 1991
production of television documentary “Tornadoes: A Deadly Matter.”
Awarded the Scientific Prize for best television weather presentation among the
forty-three nations represented at the 6th International Weather Forecasters
Festival in Paris, France (1996).
Named to a three year term on the AMS Board of Broadcast Meteorology in
1987; named chairman in 1990; chaired the 1990 and 1996 AMS Conferences
on Broadcast Meteorology. Appointed to the AMS Committee on the Station Scientist in 2005, served as chairman 2006-2013.
Selected by National Weather Service Headquarters as one of only two
broadcast meteorologists nationwide to serve on its Severe Thunderstorm
Criteria Team; also named one of the project’s four group leaders (1997).
Selected by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Stratospheric
Protection Division as one of only two meteorologists on its committee to
rewrite public health messages associated with the Ultraviolet Index (1996).
Named to the only permanent Broadcast Meteorology position on The Michigan
Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (1992 to present).
Credited with researching, writing and producing a significant historical
documentary when “Forecast: Overlord,” the story of the weather’s effect on
D-Day, was added to the official D-Day archives at the Dwight D. Eisenhower
Presidential Library, The British Meteorological Archives, and the Museums of
Television and Radio History in New York and Chicago.
Assisted the National Transportation Safety Board by contributing personal
weather analysis that later became part of the public record of the
3 December 1990 runway crash in Detroit.
Testified as a meteorology expert for Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair,
Washtenaw, Lapeer, Lenawee,
and Ingham County Circuit Courts, and
and 52nd District Courts.
Awarded the 1983 Outstanding Achievement Award, given each year by the
University of Michigan College of Engineering to one undergraduate student in
Elected to Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, in January 1983.
Also selected to receive the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Electee Award for that
Named to the University of Michigan Dean’s List four different times from 1979
Honored with my fellow teammates when the University of Michigan
Intercollegiate Weather Forecasting Team won the National Championship.
Final individual ranking: twenty-first best collegiate forecaster in the nation.