Three Western region employees of the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City have been honored for their efforts in a modernization program that includes new radar systems and other equipment for Utah and nine other states.

Presented plaques and recognized for "exceptionally skilled and dedicated efforts" were Richard G. Anderson, Bountiful, Western Region transition engineer, and David R. Lamb, Salt Lake City, and Richard P. Pettipiece, Sandy, who are part of an Automated Surface Observing System team. The team is composed of employees from all regional offices of the weather service.Anderson is the regional engineer responsible for assuring that the Weather Service's new office and Doppler radar sites throughout the western region are prepared for new equipment.

Lamb, a meteorological technician, and Pettipiece, an electronic technician, are coordinating the installation and operation of the Automated Surface Observing System. Located at some 200 sites in the Western region (Utah, Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona), the system provides data such as wind speed and direction, precipitation, visibility readings and cloud heights.

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Bob Landis, deputy administrator for operations, National Weather Service in Washington, D.C., presented the awards at the service's Western Region headquarters office in Salt Lake City.

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