Warren Baird - Thomas Jefferson Award
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TIPTON’S WARREN BAIRD HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE VOLUNTEER OBSERVER PROGRAM
Recognizing superior performance and 28 years of service to America, NOAA’s National Weather Service has named Tipton, Ind., resident Warren Baird a 2004 recipient of the agency’s Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program.
Gary Foltz, deputy directory of the NWS Central Region Headquarters, presented the award during a ceremony on Aug. 28 at the Baird residence. In attendance were John Ogren, Meteorologist in Charge, Indianapolis. Roger Kenyon and Ed Terrell, Hydrometeorological Technicians and Albert Shipe, Service Hydrologist (not pictured).
Baird began his cooperative observer site at the Tipton 5SW station in 1976 recording precipitation, temperature, soil temperature and humidity data for the agricultural network in Indiana. At his request, instruments for recording frost, wind and evaporation were added later to make the data more complete.
Pictured with the award are Gary Foltz (left) and Warren (right). Other photos of the presentation include Warren and his family and other guests and NWS representatives. Also pictured is a brass and leather coaster presented to this years recipient.
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