Good morning everyone,
I have made a decision to resign my position as the Eddy County Skywarn Coordinator, and as the Regional Skywarn Coordinator, for the Midland National Weather Service Office County Warning Area of responsibility. I feel like that I have done all that I can do with the National Weather Service Skywarn Program here in Eddy County, and as well across west Texas.
I have enjoyed working as the Eddy County Skywarn Coordinator for the past
81/2 years, and as the Regional Skywarn Coordinator for the past 21/2 years.
I have been lucky enough to make many new friends via the Skywarn Program and I am very grateful for this.
My thanks and gratitude go out to Pat Vesper, and all of the staff at the Midland National Weather Service Office, for their time and help with the Skywarn Program over the past 81/2 years. It has been a pleasure working with all of the forecasters and staff at the Midland National Weather Service Office. When I first met Pat over 10 years ago he was taking on the position as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Midland Office.
There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that under Pat's leadership in this position as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist, that all of us in the 26 counties that the Midland Office has watch and warning responsibility for, have been well served and protected by his diligence to that position. Pat was recently promoted to the Meteorologist In Charge of his office, and I am confident that he will continue to serve us all with equal dedication and hard work as the new leader of that office. I will miss working with Pat and all of you in the Midland NWS Office.
I would also like to thank Joel Arwine, the Eddy County Emergency Manager, for all of his help and support as well with our Eddy County Skywarn Program. When I first met Joel he asked me to help him form a partnership between his office, the Midland National Weather Service Office, our local Skywarn Spotter Group, local media sources, and the public. I have worked very hard at accomplishing this goal, and I feel that I have contributed as much as I am able to, in order to help him meet his goals for Eddy County.
Joel was responsible for getting a reliable and workable Amateur Radio Program established here in Eddy County, which became a critical part of our local Skywarn Program. I wish Joel all of the best with his efforts to continue to make Eddy County a safe place to live. After talking with Joel this morning, he wants to retain the position as the Skywarn Coordinator for Eddy County, and this is a decision that I support. I never could have had the success in Eddy County that I had without Joel's support and help.
Finally, to all of our National Weather Service Skywarn Spotters in west Texas, and in Lea and Eddy Counties, I want to encourage you to continue to serve your communities via your spotters reports, and participation in the Midland National Weather Service Skywarn Porgram. I take great pride in knowing that you are the ones who have made the Midland National Weather Service Skywarn Program such a success. Your ground truth reports have been, and will continue to be, a critical part of the Warning process during severe weather outbreaks across west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. My greatest hope and desire is to see all of you continue to remain active in the Midland National Weather Service Skywarn Spotter Program.
My plans are to remain active in the Skywarn Program as a storm spotter, and when I have the time, a storm chaser. There will be some changes on my web page but I plan on keeping it active as well.
Thanks everyone and stay safe out there,
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