IWX Coop awards for 2010 

 

 

Garrett Sewage Treatment Plant 50 year award

50 year length of service award for Garrett Sewage Treatment Plant    The National Weather Service Cooperative Program spans all 50 states…collecting weather observations from numerous volunteer weather observers for the climate database, weather forecasts, and for the protection of life and property. The employees at the Garrett Sewage Treatment Plant have been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service since 1960. Daily observations include maximum and minimum temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, snow depth, and snowfall water equivalent.  An automatic rain gage collects rainfall/melted snowfall data every 15 minutes. Then every month the data is sent to the Northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service. The data collected is ingested daily into each new weather model run, and helps to paint an aerial picture of how much rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. Volunteer weather observers, such as at the Garrett Sewage Treatment Plant, conscientiously contribute their time so that observations can provide the vital information needed. These data are invaluable in learning more about the floods, droughts, heat, and cold waves affecting us all. The data are also used in agricultural planning, engineering, environmental-impact assessment, utilities planning, and litigation. COOP data plays a critical role in efforts to recognize and evaluate the extent of human impacts on climate. The National Weather Service is very grateful to weather observers like the Garrett Sewage Treatment Plant. Pictured are (L-R) Jeff Bartels and Bruce Schlosser accepting the award for the Garrett Sewage Treatment Plant from Brentley Lothamer (center), Observation Program Leader at the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office.

 

 

Logansport Wastewater Treatment Plant 50 year award

Logansport Wastewater Treatment Plant accepts 50 year award   The Logansport Wastewater Treatment Plant has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service for 50 years. They have an 8-inch standard rain gage and a digital temperature system. The Logansport Wastewater Treatment Plant began taking daily observations of rainfall/snowfall/snow depth in 1960 and in 1990 added daily maximum and minimum temperatures to the observations that they take. Their observations have helped continue weather observations at Logansport, IN for the National Weather Service since 1854.  Here are just a few examples of the weather that the WWTP has recorded. In July of 1995, 1999, and 2011 the Plant recorded a high of 100 degrees. In January 1994 the plant recorded a low of -21 degrees with January 2009 coming close at -17 degrees. The highest monthly rainfall total that they have recorded is 17.47 inches back in July 2003. The highest 24-hr total was also in July 2003…7.78 inches. The highest yearly precipitation total they recorded was in 2003 at 53.10 inches and the lowest was in 1976 at 24.39 inches…and the yearly average is 39.27 inches. The highest monthly snowfall total they recorded is 20.5 inches both in December 1973 and in January 1987. The data collected is now able to be ingested daily into each new weather model run along with helping to paint an aerial picture of how much precipitation has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States as well as being used for agricultural, transportation, litigation, and public utilities purposes. The National Weather Service Cooperative Program spans all 50 states…collecting weather observations from numerous volunteer weather observers for the climate database, weather forecasts, and for the protection of life and property. The National Weather Service is very grateful to weather observers like the Logansport Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pictured are Scot Unger (left) and Brian Dewitt (right) accepting the 50 year award for the Logansport Wastewater Plant from Brentley Lothamer (center) Observation Program Leader at the Northern Indiana National Weather Service Office.

 

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