National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in St. Louis (along with NWS Paducah, KY and NWS Louisville, KY) received a Gold Medal for Customer Service from the Department of Commerce on January 24th 2023 in Washington D.C.  The Gold Medal is the highest honorary award given by the Department, is granted by the Secretary for distinguished performance characterized by extraordinary, notable, or prestigious contributions that impact the mission of the Department and/or one or more operating units. This is the first Gold Medal for NWS St. Louis. 


Gold Medal                  "The staff in these three offices are honored for exceptional preparation, messaging, decision support, warnings, and post-event support during the unseasonal tornado outbreak that occurred December 10-11 2021.  Pre-storm messaging and collaboration with emergency managers emphasized the dangers of tornadoes after dark, and out-of-season severity of the event.  These efforts saved lives.  Post-event media attention was international for the following week including a major network special report. From preparation to media management, these professionals reflect the best of NOAA and the National Weather Service." 


MIC Jim Sieveking (right) and Lead Meteorologist Fred Glass (left)
Lead Meteorologist Fred Glass and Meteorologist in Charge Jim Sieveking