Special Service Awards Presented to Cooperative Weather Observers on September 28th, 2006

Marla Doxey, Data Acquisitions Program Manager from the National Weather Service in Hastings, along with Steve Carmel, presented several Special Service Awards to deserving COOP observers across south central Nebraska.

At one of our cooperative weather observer's location near Deweese - Special Service Awards were presented to Jim and Jamie Watts. They began to take COOP weather observations on October 1st, 2000. They continue a long family tradition of excellence in observing duties - as Jim Watts initially took these duties over from his uncle, Gordon Watts and his wife Wauneta. Gordon Watts started taking observations on October 1st, 1956.

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(Pictured above from left to right are: Jamie Watts, Steve Carmel, and Jim Watts of rural Deweese)

Another Special Service Award was presented to Marjorie Blair, who first assumed the mantle of cooperative observations on November 17th, 2001 for the community of Hardy, in Nuckolls county. She measures precipitation and snowfall, along with snow depth at her location. This particular award was presented to Marjorie at the North Ward School in Superior. Marjorie took over from former long term Cooperative observer, Clyde Cramer. Clyde Cramer actually took over the duties of cooperative observations from Marjorie's father, Herbert Pedersen at the Pedersen lumber yard, on February 24th, 1977.

(Pictured above, in bright sunlight, is Steve Carmel presenting the award to Marjorie Blair)

Our last Special Service Award was presented to Dean Reinsch of Bruning. Dean began his task of taking COOP observations on October 1st, 2000. Dean is responsible for the measurement of precipitation, snowfall and snow depth at his location.

(Pictured above are Dean Reinsch, and Steve Carmel of NWS Hastings)

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