Genoa River Observer Receives 20 Year Length-of-Service Award

Above Art Jarecke receives Award from Steve Carmel, NWS Hastings (click to enlarge)

Above the Award Plaque and 20 Year Pin (click to enlarge)

      Mr. Jarecke has provided precipitation and snowfall data to the National Weather Service since December 1st, 1987. He was recently presented his 20 Year Length-of-Service Award by  Larry Wirth and Steve Carmel from the National Weather Service office in Hastings.

      During high river events, due to heavy rain or ice jamming, Art has driven down to the Loup River and provided updated river levels.  These readings help support the issuance of flood products by the National Weather Service.

      Art has contacted the National Weather Service during periods of heavy rain and snow, or severe weather, providing up-to-date information. 

      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 official 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 government, National Weather Service, and the State Climatologist commend Art Jarecke for his diligence in doing such a fine job taking these observations, and in disseminating the data.  He also continues to serve his community in many other ways, including his long term work as a volunteer fire fighter in Genoa, and his work with the local Catholic church.  Art is a fine example of a cooperative weather observer striving to do the best job possible, aiding his community and the meteorological community at large through his effort.

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