The Awards for Outstanding Service by a Weather Forecaster are presented to individuals who, through performance of exceptional forecast service, have distinguished themselves and brought credit to their profession. The Society presents the awards in recognition of the great importance of weather forecasting to the public safety and well-being, and the valuable professional services provided by persons who are engaged in forecasting activities.
Nominations are considered by a committee of the Scientific and Technological Activities Commission Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting which makes recommendations for final approval by AMS Council. The Charles L. Mitchell Award is given in recognition of long-term service by individuals engaged in weather forecasting activities.
The AMS Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting serves as the selection committee.