...Charlene "Char" Nott of Rural Elwood, Nebraska Receives John Campanius Holm Award...
The National Weather Service Office in Hastings, Nebraska is proud to announce that one of our Nebraska cooperative weather observers is a recipient of the National Weather Service John Campanius Holm Award. The John Campanius Holm Award is one of the highest and most prestigious honors given to our cooperative weather observers. This national award honors cooperative observers for outstanding accomplishments in the field of meteorological observations. It is named for a Lutheran minister, the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American Colonies. Reverend Holm made climate observations without the use of meteorological instruments in 1644 and 1645 near the present city of Wilmington, Delaware. No more than twenty-five Holm awards are given annually and the certificate is signed by the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Mrs. Charlene “Char” Nott, whose farm is located 8 miles south of Elwood, Nebraska, is one of this year’s recipients of the Holm Award. Mrs. Nott has been the weather observer for Elwood since May 1982. “Char” was first introduced to the Cooperative Weather Observing Program after Ed Stoll, the previous observer passed away after 76 years as a Cooperative Weather Observer. It was a powerful pair of shoes Mrs. Nott was filling. Mr. Stoll’s service to our nation is amazing in its own right and in 1975 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration named a national longevity award in his honor. He was the first to receive the award in person from President Jimmy Carter. To receive the prestigious Stoll Award an observer has to serve a minimum of 50 years of volunteer service.
Every morning “Char” measures and records the amount of rain or snow that has fallen during the previous 24 hours at her farm 8 miles south of Elwood. This information is disseminated nationally to news media, river forecast centers and local government agencies. The data is also archived each month by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. The data collected provides a permanent record of weather information that is used by the National Weather Service, the State Climatologist and many other interests including the Drought Mitigation Center and Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.
Char is a valued member to her community serving on various boards in Gosper County, as a music director and Sunday school teacher for two churches in the Elwood area for the past 25 years; she has been active in community programs including swimming lessons and CPR. One cannot go on without saying that she is also an active farm wife with her husband Bill, mother of two, and a hair stylist with a shop in her home and at the local retirement center in Elwood. She is also a certified electrician apprentice and a courageous two time cancer survivor. I am certain Ed Stoll would be very proud of his replacement.
The award ceremony was held October 25th at the Gosper County Senior Center. A gathering of around 60 friends and family were present. National Weather Service representatives from the Hastings, Nebraska office included Steve Eddy, Meteorologist-in-Charge; Marla Doxey, Data Acquisition Program Manager and Larry Wirth, Hydrometeorlogical Technician. Representing the NWS Regional Headquarters in Kansas, City, Missouri was Bob Bonack, Regional Cooperative Weather Observation Program Manager, Also presenting letters of congratulation were Jessica Whalen representing U.S. Congressman Adrian Smith, and District 38 Nebraska State Senator Tom Carlson. Letters of congratulation were also received from Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and U.S. Senators Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns. A special guest in attendance was Oscar Stoll, Ed Stoll’s son.
From left to right...Steve Eddy, NWS Hastings MIC; Nebraska State Senator Tom Carlson; Larry Wirth, HMT, NWS Hastings; Char Nott (with award); Bob Bonack NWS Central Region DAPM, Kansas City, MO; Oscar Stoll and Marla Doxey NWS Hastings Data Acquisition Program Manager.