Blue Hill Cooperative Observer Receives 15 Year
Length of Service Award
Rhonda Berns, the Cooperative Weather Observer at a location 4 miles southwest of Blue Hill, was presented with a 15-Year Length of Service Award on Friday, October 12th, 2007. Steven Eddy, Meteorologist in Charge, and Steve Carmel, Hydro-meteorological Technician, from the National Weather Service office in Hastings, made the presentation to Rhonda at the Pepsi plant in Hastings.
Ms. Berns has provided precipitation and snowfall data to the National Weather Service since July 1st, 1992.
Rhonda has been responsible for maintaining a daily weather log of precipitation data that is published by the National Climatic Data Center, and the High Plains Climatic Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Rhonda also has contacted the National Weather Service during periods of heavy rain and snow, providing up-to-date information. Volunteerism has aided the community and the NWS, by providing a collection of official precipitation data for Blue Hill 4 SW dating back to December 1, 1956, by the Berns family.
Data provided by cooperative observers is used by the National Weather Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Geologic Survey, and numerous others both in the public and private sectors. This data eventually becomes a permanent part of the climatic record for the local area, and the nation.
There are over 300 offical volunteer cooperative weather observers in Nebraska, and nearly 11,000 nationwide.
Observers are placed at private residences, farms, municipal facilities, utilities, dams, parks, game refuges, radio and television stations, and other locations.
The nation owes a debt of gratitude to the cooperative weather observers who have quietly and steadily built up what amounts to a priceless service. The United States government, NWS and State Climatologist commend Rhonda Berns for her diligence in doing such a fine job taking these observations, and in disseminating the data.
(Pictured above are Hastings Meteorologist in Charge Steven Eddy, and Rhonda Berns from Blue Hill 4SW)
(Award Plaque presented to Ms. Rhonda Berns for her 15 years of service as a Cooperative Weather Observer)