Bay News 9 forecaster Mike Clay first TV weatherman chosen for weather assessment team
Mike Clay, one of the founding meteorologists at Bay News 9, was chosen to join a team developed by the National Weather Service to track the agency's response to Hurricane Irane -- the first time a TV weatherman has been picked for such a post.
Here's the press release:
Tampa, FL (September 8, 2011) – Bright House Networks announced today that Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay has been chosen to serve on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) National Weather Service (NWS) Assessment Team. Clay is the first-ever TV meteorologist to be chosen to serve on a NWS team.
The NWS Service Assessment team is tasked with documenting and evaluating the performance and overall effectiveness of the NWS in respect to Hurricane Irene, including decision support, collaboration and communication, and operational procedures. Hurricane Irene hit with a vengeance in late August, with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, North Carolina and southeastern Canada most severely affected by the event. Clay joins sixteen other NWS team members selected based upon their expertise, experience, and potential for contributing significantly to a constructive and thorough service assessment.
“I am extremely honored to be chosen to serve on the NWS Assessment team,” said Clay. “I look forward to working with the team to provide a better understanding of Hurricane Irene and learn how we can continually improve upon our efforts during hazardous weather events.”
Mike Clay helped launch Bay News 9 in 1997, and was its original meteorologist on Your Morning News. One of Clay’s most memorable moments at Bay News 9 was the morning of Aug. 13, 2004 when Bay News 9 successfully forecast Hurricane Charley to stay south of the Tampa Bay area. Clay was also part of the team that installed Klystron 9, the first of its kind radar at any television station.