A special thanks to Mike Foster, meteorologist in charge, with the National Weather Service, Norman
It was his job to be at his best when the weather was at its worst.
Mike Foster served that role diligently for decades for the National Weather Service.
With retirement this month, his service ends but not his influence. There will be days when storms build out west and come roaring east through the state. Long before that, meteorologists will
be watching the severe weather potential and notifying the public. Those meteorologists won’t see Mike standing behind them in the Norman Forecast Office or see him sitting next to them. But they’ll hear them. This group of meteorologists are extremely knowledgeable and very dedicated to their jobs. For five years, I’ve witnessed them on days of blue skies and when tornadoes were forming outside their windows of the National Weather Center in Norman. And I have to believe the leadership of Foster strengthened that quality of service to their 48 counties in Oklahoma and eight in western, north Texas.
Mike, “when, not if” severe weather returns, and even on the cloudless days, I will be grateful for the opportunity to have worked around you.
My Best Wishes.
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