BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Jon Nese, storm analyst at The Weather Channel, and Glenn Schwartz, chief meteorologist at NBC 10 in Philadelphia, have won the 2005 Louis J. Battan Author's Award by the American Meteorological Society, the nation's leading professional society for those working in the atmospheric and related sciences. Nese and Schwartz are being honored for The Philadelphia Area Weather Book, "an exemplary regionally-focused account of historical weather events and the contributions of local scientists and broadcasters to the discipline of atmospheric science." The award is named for Louis J. Battan, who contributed outstanding research efforts in radar meteorology and wrote several books aimed at nonscientists. Nese, a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, joined The Weather Channel in 2002 as an on-air analyst. He also produces educational and informational series for the only dedicated cable weather network. A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Nese began his career in meteorology as an assistant and associate professor at Penn State before joining WTOV-TV in Steubenville as a broadcast meteorologist. Most recently he was the chief meteorologist at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, responsible for exhibit design and program development. Nese has written several books including a meteorology textbook. He has also appeared in numerous educational weather videos. His work has earned numerous teaching awards and recognitions. Schwartz was named NBC 10's chief meteorologist in November 2002, and first joined the station in 1995. Prior to that he worked as a meteorologist for WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, Fla., WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Fla., and WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. As a hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel from 1985- 86, he produced documentaries for the network and National Science Foundation. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Schwartz began his television career in meteorology at WAGA-TV in Atlanta. He earned his B.S. degree in meteorology at Penn State. The award will be presented on January 12th at the 85th Annual AMS Meeting in San Diego. The AMS, founded in 1919, is a scientific and professional organization that promotes the development and dissemination of information on atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. The Society publishes nine well-respected scientific journals, sponsors scientific conferences, and supports public education programs across the country. Additional information on the AMS, the Annual Meeting, and other award winners is available on the Internet at http://www.ametsoc.org.
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