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While he can’t raise the mercury, WJHL meteorologist Rob Williams is raising the bar for local weather forecasting.
News Channel 11’s Rob Williams has earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He received the 253rd certificate in the country.
WJHL is now one of a few stations in the country whose entire weather team holds this seal. AMS introduced the program back in 2005. Today, Your Tri-Cities News Source weather team has three Certified Broadcast Meteorologists.
The CBM program pushes meteorologists to illustrate a broader range of scientific understanding. They also have to think in respect to environmental issues. Before a meteorologist can acquire the certification they must:
*obtain a meteorology degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college/university
*pass a written examination
* Undergo review of their work to assess technical competence, informational value, explanatory value, and communication skills.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Reynolds received his CBM back in May while vacationing in Panama City.
“This was the most difficult because I have been out of school for so long,” says Reynolds. The Florida State alum will not divulge his age, but says it’s been a while since he studied in ‘Nole country. Still he says the News Channel 11 weather team is up to date on the latest forecasting technology and trends.
“It’s like being a doctor; you have to constantly keep up with society to deliver the best results with the latest technology,” Reynolds adds. The Chief Meteorologist credits parent company Media General with supplying the team with the latest weather technology.
“It helps keep us on our toes; and keeps the public up to date and safe during severe weather,” says Reynolds.
“The CBM designation shows our commitment to maintain the highest level of proficiency in meteorology,” says News Channel 11 Meteorologist Tom Wachs
Wachs was the last to join the weather team, but the first to earn his certification. The University of Wisconsin alum traveled down the road to Knoxville to take his test back in March.
“It’s especially important in the field of meteorology to continue to educate ourselves on the ever-changing science and technology,” Wachs adds.
Once a meteorologist completes these requirements and professional fees, the may retain their certification and display the CBM logo. Theses meteorologists must also complete professional development requirement every five years.
The AMS has three highly respected certification programs. The CBM, Seal of Approval, and Certified Consulting Meteorologist Programs round out the “Big Three.” These certifications highlight broadcast and consulting meteorologists who have achieved a high level of competency. The programs also foster high standards of professionalism among meteorologists.
Learn more about the AMS American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation: http://www.ametsoc.org/amscert/index.html#cbm