ATLANTA -- October 13, 2014 -- Jim Cantore, meteorologist and storm tracker at The Weather Channel®, has been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The honor serves as recognition for outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences. Only two-tenths of one percent of AMS members are selected for this honor through the Fellow nomination process, which was recently announced by the AMS.
Jim Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather and has covered every major weather event of the past 25 years. This has included Hurricanes Katrina and Irene and Superstorm Sandy, solidifying his role and that of The Weather Channel as the leading source for severe weather coverage. As storm tracker, Cantore reports tirelessly for The Weather Channel before, during and after weather events providing live reports and insights for the network.
“Having had the privilege of working beside other AMS Fellows, especially Dr. Greg Forbes and witnessing the standard he upholds, it is truly an amazing honor to be in such prestigious company,” said Cantore. “I am fortunate to have many friends among the superb meteorologists throughout the weather community who deserve this honor, and I am humbled to be recognized. ”
“When I hear Jim referred to as the face of The Weather Channel I am thrilled,” said David Kenny, chairman and CEO of The Weather Company. “His passion for keeping people out of harm’s way and communicating the science behind the weather is inspiring. His being named an AMS Fellow is further proof that he truly has raised the bar in how severe weather is covered.”
According to the notification letter from the AMS, the formal announcement of Cantore’s honor will be made in January, when the new Fellows will be honored formally at the 95th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix.
A native of White River Junction, Vt., Cantore graduated with a bachelor's degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College (Lyndonville, Vt.), where he returns each year to work with students in the meteorology program with a broadcast emphasis. Nearly 100 percent of those students get jobs after college. The Weather Channel hired Cantore out of college, and he first appeared on air in July 1986.
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