Spirit Magazine - April 2013 - (Page 142)

Spotlight 2013 Heroes of the Heart Southwest presents annual award to the Dallas-based Meteorology Team. Each year, Southwest Airlines recognizes a hardworking, behind-the-scenes Team with a special honor: the Heroes of the Heart Award. We celebrated our first Heroes of the Heart recipients in 1993, and the tradition continues 20 years later. This year, we are excited to announce that our 2013 Heroes of the Heart recipient is the Southwest Airlines Meteorology Team. Our Meteorology Team consists of four Southwest Warriors who are dedicated to the Safety of our Customers, our Employees, and our fleet. During 2012, this Team worked 11 winter storms and nine tropical storms/hurricanes. Most notably, the Meteorology Team tracked Hurricane Sandy from the Caribbean to New England over the course of six days this past October, issuing 16 weather briefs and holding multiple coordination calls and meetings with both Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways. In addition to their day-to-day responsibilities, the Meteorology Team works on weather-related 142 spirit april 2013 projects with the Federal Aviation Administration and other weather groups, including the Collaborative Decision Making initiative, the Weather Evaluation Team, and the Airlines for America Meteorology Work Group. Furthermore, the Meteorology Team is working with the National Weather Service to have water-vapor sensor systems installed on some of our aircraft. (Seventy-seven aircraft were equipped during 2012, and 20 more are scheduled for 2013.) These sensors provide real-time data on wind, temperature, and humidity to the weather community for use in operational forecasting. The Meteorology Team constantly monitors the weather moving in and around the Southwest and AirTran systems. It’s comforting to know that we have such an awesome Team of professionals watching out for weather disruptions so that we can proactively prepare. Congratulations to the Meteorology Team on being named our 2013 Heroes of the Heart! We are grateful for your knowledge, dedication, and commitment to Safety, and we are proud to have the four of you among our Southwest Family. —Valerie Curry PhotograPhy By clint walker Weather Watchers The Southwest Airlines Meteorology Team consists of (from left) Meteorologist Brian Collins, Associate Meteorologists Meghan Henschen and Myranda Muehlman, and Chief Meteorologist Rick Curtis.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - April 2013

Spirit Magazine - April 2013
Contents
Gary’s Greeting
Gary’s Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
Freedom Story
From the Editor
Your Words
Your Pictures
Media Center
Eat Drink Sleep
The Numbers
Wise Guide
Business
Almost Famous
Not So Fast
Your Adventure In...
Promotional Series: Destination Texas
Promotional Series: Spirit of Golf Reno Tahoe
Promotion: Spirit of Franchise Opportunities
Calendar
Fun!
Spotlight
Community Outreach
Route Map
Terminal Maps
Rapid Rewards Partners
Flight Service
The “If” List

Spirit Magazine - April 2013

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