Storm Research, Inc. American Meteorological Society
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11 April 2000


Boulder, Colorado: David O. Blanchard of NOAA (National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration) has been awarded the nationally recognized
Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) designation by the AMS.

The CCM designation is awarded by the Society to highly qualified
meteorologists providing research and services to a wide variety of users
of weather information, including agriculture, business, industry, and
various sectors of government. These services extend beyond the traditional
public service functions and statutory responsibilities of the National
Weather Service.

To earn the award, a meteorologist must be recommended by three associates,
pass a stringent written examination, and pass an oral examination before a
national board of examiners. The CCM designation is awarded only to those
who demonstrate a broad background in meteorology together with detailed
knowledge in a particular field of specialization. They are also judged on
qualities of character and devotion to high professional ideals.

CCMs are highly regarded by their peers in meteorology. They are considered
experts in the applications of weather information to a host of practical
challenges ranging from specialized forecasts to engineering design support
and expert testimony on weather-related court cases. Certification enables
users of meteorological services to select consultants or employees with
greater confidence in the quality and reliability of the products or
services they will receive.

The American Meteorological Society was founded in 1919 as a nonprofit
scientific and professional society. It is interdisciplinary in scope and
actively promotes the development and dissemination of information on the
atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. The Society
currently has over 10,000 members from the United States, Canada and over
100 countries internationally.