Mr. Jarecke has provided precipitation and snowfall data to the National Weather Service since
During high river events, due to heavy rain or ice jamming, Art has driven down to the
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
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