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Local 10 News hurricane specialist Max Mayfield named 'Weatherperson of the Year'

Former director of National Hurricane Center recognized by Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Local 10 News hurricane specialist Max Mayfield just added another line to his already lengthy list of accolades -- national forecaster of the year.

The Tallahassee-based Federal Alliance for Safe Homes recently named Mayfield as its 2015 "Weatherperson of the Year." Mayfield was honored during a ceremony Wednesday in Orlando.

FLASH is a nonprofit organization and the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.

"Max was selected for this recognition because of his 43-year career in public service and his dedication to using the science of meteorology to save lives and property in harm's way," FLASH President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Chapman-Henderson said. "We are especially grateful to Max for bringing his respected voice to the disaster safety and resilience movement."

Before joining Local 10 in April 2007, Mayfield served as director of the National Hurricane Center.

Several local and national politicians took the time to congratulate Mayfield, including Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., as well as Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee.

Mayfield was chosen for the award by the board of directors, which is a cross section of nonprofit public and private organizations committed to disaster safety.

The Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore was the recipient of the inaugural award last year.

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