The National Weather Service Wednesday honored KNEB, station manager and weather analyst Bill Boyer, and storm chaser Dan Fitts with Weather Ready Nation Ambassador of Excellence awards for their weather coverage.
In marking the occasion, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jared Allen with the NWS Cheyenne office explained why the coverage provided by the station was selected for the honor, “Really being a strong partner in sharing all the weather information all the impact information from severe weather, winter weather, fire weather that we certainly had here recently too. So, you’re getting that information out to everyone here, the farmers, the ranchers, the population community centers. We really appreciate your partnership with the Weather Service.”
Boyer said he was honored to be recognized for the long hours and hard work involved in providing weather coverage, and thanked Fitts for his field reports.
“It’s really hard to try to relate what’s going on when you’re looking at texts, or looking at the radar sitting inside this little room inside and to have eyes and ears out there in real time. I think we’ve been doing this five or six years probably, and the first time we put him on air, he said ‘I’m not much of a talker.” But it works really well for us, we really get the information out in real time. So Dan, I also want to take a minute to thank you for all you do.” said Boyer.
The WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more weather ready and responsive.