Memphis Weather Team Receives Gold Medal of Excellence

November 12, 2004 -- Posted at 6:30 p.m. CST

MEMPHIS -- The United States of Commerce has awarded its Gold Medal, the department's highest honors award, to the Memphis division of the National Weather Service.

They were chosen for their excellence in service during the 2003 tornado outbreak.

During this time 42 tornados hit the Mid South, making it the largest outbreak in regional history.

James Duke, the Meteorologist in Charge, says that he is honored to receive this award.

"Our mission is to save live and property through the application of weather," Duke says.

According to the U.S. of Commerce this mission has been completed, but the weather service admits the work is not accomplished alone.

Scott Cordero, Meteorologist for the Memphis office, says, "Volunteers actually help us in terms of seeing things on the ground that our radar can't see. Radar plus spotters does equal safe lives in Northeast Arkansas and in the Missouri Boothill."