In a powerful testament to the role that That Weather Channel plays in disaster preparedness in the U.S., Jim Cantore has been recognized by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) as the first “Weatherperson of the Year” in honor of National Weatherperson's Day. Cantore was chosen for his 28 years of dedication to protecting the public during severe weather events.
"National Weatherperson's Day is the perfect time to recognize the essential role that meteorologists play in helping the public prepare for natural disasters," said Leslie Chapman-Henderson, FLASH President & CEO. "We chose Jim as the 2014 Weatherperson of the Year because of his tireless dedication to sharing critical information with his viewers in real-time, that protects them and preserves their homes."
Cantore was honored at a tribute dinner in Orlando Jan. 23, attended by numerous industry leaders in disaster safety, including Dr. Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC); Bill Read, former director of NHC; Maureen McCann, 2013 Board Chair of the American Meteorological Society; Florida Congressman Dennis Ross and The Weather Channel president David Clark.
"Jim's influence reaches far and wide. Hardly a week goes by without someone asking if I know Jim Cantore and I always answer 'he's the real deal,'" said Read in one of many speeches and toasts. "This honor celebrating Jim's enthusiasm, hard work and dedication is well-deserved."
Clark added, “(Cantore) has earned, over his 28 years doing the only job he has ever held, the trust of the American public and he is today who America wants to hear from in a weather emergency. And that matters a great deal, especially in an emergency."
“The Weather Channel would not be where it is today without Jim. He pushes and inspires us to be better every day, with an enthusiasm that never seems to wane."
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Snow and ice are seen covering up Mississippi River and downtown St. Louis Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)