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E. Don Sarreals

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Atmospheric Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Flounder
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches, Southern United States
Favorite Quote:
Oh My God!

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1931
Birth Location:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Atmospheric Scientist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Flounder
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches, Southern United States
Favorite Quote:
Oh My God!

Birthplace

Born:
9/22/1931
Birth Location:
Winston-Salem
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Biography

Meteorologist E. Don Sarreals was born on September 22, 1931 in Winston Salem, North Carolina to parents Espriela Sarreals and Sadie Scales. While still a young child, Sarreal’s family migrated to New York City. He attended New York City Public School No. 46 and New York City Junior High School No. 164 before graduating from Bronx High School of Science in 1949. Sarreals went on to earn his B.S. degree in meteorology from the City Colleges of New York in 1955 and his his M.S. degree in meteorology from New York University in 1958.

Before his career as a meteorologist began, Sarreals served in the U.S. Army in 1954 and worked as a part-time lecturer while earning his graduate degree. In 1961, Sarreals began his career as a weather radar supervisor in the National Weather Service (NWS) New York Forecast Office. In 1976, Sarreals accepted a position as the television meteorologist for the National Broadcasting Corporation’s WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., from 1969 to 1975, while concurrently serving as president and consultant for Storm Finders, Inc. As the dissemination meteorologist for the NWS Headquarters from 1976 to 1980, Sarreals helped to develop the nation’s first government-funded radio working system, NOAA Weather Radio. Sarreals also worked as the television meteorologist for the Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting. From 1980 to 1992, Sarreals was assigned as chief of Operations and Requirements for the Next Generation Weather Radar Project (NEXRAD). In 1984, Sarreals was appointed chairman of the Working Group for Doppler Radar Meteorological Observation. Sarreals also served as a staff member in the NWS Modernization Division, and as as assistant federal coordinator for DOC/NOAA/NWS Affairs in the Office of the Federal Coordination for Meteorological Service.

Sarreals is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the Ward Medal for proficiency in meteorology, and he is a member of the American Meteorological Society. Sarreals is also the author of the Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1: National Weather Radio Operations supervised the development of Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 2: Doppler Weather Radar Observations. For his contributions and accomplishments, Sarreals was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Black Americans.

E. Don Sarreals was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 15, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Don Sarreals' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Don Sarreals lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Don Sarreals describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Don Sarreals talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Don Sarreals talks about his mother growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Don Sarreals describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Don Sarreals talks about his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Don Sarreals talks about his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Don Sarreals describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Don Sarreals describes the sights and sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Don Sarreals talks about growing up in New York (part 1)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Don Sarreals talks about growing up in New York (part 2)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Don Sarreals talks about his artistic talent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Don Sarreals talks about playing tennis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Don Sarreals talks about his experience at P.S.46 in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Don Sarreals describes what inspired him to become a meteorologist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Don Sarreals talks about the process of naming storms
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Don Sarreals talks about the quality of weather reporting prior to the advent of advanced communication technologies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Don Sarreals describes his experience during the 1938 New England hurricane
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Don Sarreals talks about his experience at Bronx High School of Science
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Don Sarreals talks about his studies at City College of New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Don Sarreals talks about being drafted to the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Don Sarreals describes his experience in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Don Sarreals talks about his return to City College of New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Don Sarreals talks about his experience teaching at City College of New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Don Sarreals talks about how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Don Sarreals talks about why he chose not to write a thesis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Don Sarreals talks about his experience of being recruited by CBS and NBC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Don Sarreals describes how he helped Air Force One land during a storm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Don Sarreals talks about being the first black professional meteorologist in the U.S.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Don Sarreals talks about his experience as a television meteorologist (part 1)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Don Sarreals talks about his experience as a television meteorologist (part 2)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Don Sarreals talks about the ratings at Channel 4
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Don Sarreals talks about the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Don Sarreals describes his mentor, Richard Holgren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Don Sarreals talks about his company, Storm Finders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Don Sarreals talks about his professional activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Don Sarreals talks about Doppler weather radar and the farmer's almanac
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Don Sarreals talks about his professional activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Don Sarreals shares his advice for aspiring meteorologists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Don Sarreals discusses global warming and the effects of climate change
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Don Sarreals reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Don Sarreals talks about his family and his son's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Don Sarreals talks about his granddaughter's interest in meteorology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Don Sarreals talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Don Sarreals describes his family photos