First Woman Meteorologist-in-Charge - First Woman Meteorologist-in-Charge - National Weather Service Heritage
First Woman Meteorologist-in-ChargeBy NWS Heritage Projects Editorial Staff
Hazel Tatro is congratulated by South Carolina Gov. Donald Russell (right), as Columbia (S.C.) MIC John Purvis watches.
From the June 1964 issue of Topics, the monthly internal publication of the Weather Bureau:
Mrs. Hazel Tatro has been selected Meteorologist-in-Charge of WBAS [Weather Bureau Airport Station] Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is the first woman in the history of the Weather Bureau to hold the position of MIC. Receiving her initial experience as a weather forecaster in the WAVES during 1942-43, Mrs. Tatro entered the Bureau at Casper, Wyoming, in 1945. She was transferred to Wilmington, North Carolina, as a radar operator in 1959. After two years at Wilmington, Mrs. Tatro received a full-time Bureau scholarship for advanced courses in meteorology at Florida State University. On completion of her B.S. degree in meteorology, Mrs. Tatro was assigned to WBAS, Columbia, South Carolina.
Subsequent appointments included the MIC positions at Greensboro, North Carolina, and Bristol, Tennessee.