Gardner Receives Special Service Award
Mike Gardner of Kokomo Indiana was presented a Special Service Award by the National Weather Service (NWS) for his volunteer work in the Indiana WetNet Program.
The program is a network of volunteer ham radio operators that provide daily precipitation observations across the state. The observations are used by the NWS in their forecast and warning programs. Al Shipe, Service Hydrologist for the NWS at Indianapolis stated “Without the help from volunteers such as Mike, our warnings and forecasts would be greatly diminished”.
Ham radio operators in the network devote their time and efforts by taking daily precipitation readings, including snowfall and snow depth values and relaying the data to a central collector, who then sends the data on to the NWS and others. Gardner, although semi-retired, has been active in the program for many years and has served as collector for the last 8 years. Gardner also teaches electronics at a local college.
The NWS wishes to thank Mike Gardner for this hard work and dedication to the program.
Pictured from L-R is Mike Gardner and Al Shipe.
Photo by Ed Terrell