Ariel rodriguez-meulenert awarded ams/climadata corporation minority scholarship

27 July 2000 —

Ariel Rodriguez-Meulenert, son of Dimas Rodriguez and Maria D. Meulenert of Miami, Florida, has been awarded a 2000/2001 American Meteorological Society/ClimaData Corporation Minority Scholarship. A graduate of Southwest Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida, Rodriguez-Meulenert will pursue a bachelor’s degree in meteorology at Florida International University.

The AMS/Industry Minority Scholarship was awarded to eleven outstanding high school students around the country. The scholarship is intended to encourage minorities who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences to pursue careers in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Five scholarships are funded through donations made by Society members; and six by industry—The Weather Channel®, Litton PRC Inc., Computer Sciences Corporation, ClimaData Corporation, IBM, and WRC-TV. The scholarship award is $3,000 for the freshman year and an additional $3,000 for the sophomore year, based on performance in the first year.

Founded in 1991 by Univision Television Network Meteorologist John Morales, ClimaData has become the nation’s leading private weather forecasting firm serving clients in the Spanish language. ClimaData weather forecasts reach a market of over 20 million Hispanics in the United States and the Caribbean on more than sixty radio and television stations as well print media. Based in Miami, ClimaData also serves the Florida Marlins major league baseball club with game-day weather forecasts. Thanks to special expertise in Tropical Meteorology, ClimaData forecasts are also well known in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic, where customers include government agencies and private industry in addition to the media. For more information on ClimaData Corporation, visit

The AMS, founded in 1919, is a nonprofit, scientific, and professional society, with nearly 12,000 national and international members. The AMS actively promotes the development and dissemination of information on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences and publishes nine atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic journals.


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