Silvio G. Simplicio: 1920-2012.
Silvio Simplicio retired from the National Weather Service in 1976 as the director of the NWS Eastern Region. He was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, later rising to the rank of Brig. General in the USAF Reserve. He joined the Weather Bureau (precursor to the NWS) in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering and a master's in meteorology from New York University (NYU). He continued to pursue a Ph.D. while also serving as an instructor until NYU closed its University Heights campus and disbanded its Meteorology Department.
Silvio was a truly remarkable meteorologist. In 1950, he received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal for developing the Weather Bureau's high-altitude aviation forecast service.
This was in the early days of transcontinental and international aviation. Later in the 1950s, as multiengine jet aircraft began to enter commercial service, he visited air force installations where forecasts for such aircraft were already being made. The findings he made during those visits were incorporated into his thriving forecast program. He developed techniques for creating the best possible product using the early introduction of limited computer guidance, even with the less than perfect first barotropic model.
He was an early advocate of using vorticity advection in the making of a forecast. In 1970, he was awarded the DOC Gold Metal for his exemplary administration as director of the NWS East Region. Prior to becoming director, he served as chief of the Scientific Services Division, Eastern Region.
Silvio was truly a remarkable individual. He constantly urged young meteorologists to further their education and meet their full potential. He had the uncanny ability to focus on the subject at hand in conversations. He is survived by his wife, Nell, and children, John, Glen, and Gale.
ARTHUR Y. HOU
JOHN JAMES OWENS JR.
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|Author:||Shak, Gerald; Vollkommer, James; Zuckerberg, Fred|
|Publication:||Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2014|
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