Rube Hornstein Medal in Operational Meteorology
The Rube Hornstein Medal in Operational Meteorology  is awarded to any individual for providing outstanding operational meteorological service in its broadest sense , but excluding the publication of research papers as a factor, unless that research has already been incorporated into the day-to-day performance of operational duties. The work for which the medal is granted may be cumulative over a period of years or may be a single notable achievement
R. A. HORNSTEIN (1912-2003)
History of the award
This award has been presented since 1975. It was originally known as the Rube Hornstein Prize in Operational Meteorology. In 1998, the award became a medal and was renamed. Mr. Rube Hornstein was the first recipeint of the award as a medal.
Award Nomination Instructions

Nominations are to be  received no later than 15 February by the Awards Coordinator at e-mail: or the Society postal address to be considered by the selection Committee. 

  1. Nomination letters should include the current title, full address and phone number of the nominee.
  2. An up-to-date CV and a summary of the candidate's work must be included.
  3. The nomination should be accompanied by (at least one and at most four) additional letters of support indicating the extent of influence of the candidate's work.
  4. Nominees in previous years who have not received awards may be re-nominated. All criteria provided above apply to re-nominations.
  5. The Committee has a policy of automatically considering nominations (kept on file) submitted the preceding year , without the need for re-nomination documents. Nevertheless, nominators are strongly encouraged to re-affirm and/or update these nominations.
  6. Electronic format (e.g., pdf) is preferred; however, hard-copy material will be accepted.
  7. Receipt of submissions will not be acknowledged unless requested. Acknowledgement when requested will be by e-mail
About Reuben "Rube" Hornstein (1912 - 2003)

The following are excerpts from his biography.

Rube Hornstein was raised on a farm in London, Ontario. He graduated as gold medallist in honours physics from the University of Western Ontario in 1934 and received his MA in physics in 1936.  He obtained his MA degree in meteorology from the University of Toronto in 1938.

In 1938, he joined the meteorological branch of the federal Department of Transport and from 1938 to 1940 he was a forecaster at St. Hubert and Malton Airports. In March 1940 he was transferred to Halifax as officer-in-charge of the meteorological section of Eastern Air Command, administering meteorological services for all three branches of the Armed Forces from 1940 to 1946, with special emphasis on the RCAF Coastal Command and the naval convoy operations. His service was recognized by the granting of membership in the Order of the British Empire, by King George VI in 1946.

From 1946 to 1972 he was officer-in-charge of the Halifax Atlantic Weather Centre.

He began doing radio reports for the CBC in 1946 and hosted a popular show called "Ask the Weatherman". When the CBC launched a TV news program, Gazette, in 1954, Mr. Hornstein did the weather forecasts.

Among the many honours bestowed upon him were the Patterson medal for distinguished service to Canadian meteorology in 1962.

He was a Life Member of CMOS .  

"He was just one of the last great gentlemen," said Don Tremaine, a longtime friend and television colleague. "They don't make those birds anymore."


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