IWX COOP Awards for 2013  

 

Eau Claire, MI weather observer receives the Dick Hagemeyer Award

Herb Teichman Dick Hagemeyer award for 45 yrs of weather observing   Herb Teichman 45 year Dick Hagemeyer award

Herb Teichman 45 yr Dick Hagemeyer weather observing award   Herb Teichman's 45yr Dick Hagemeyer weather observing award (Upper left/right & lower left photos taken by John Eby of Dowagiac Daily News)

Recognizing 45 Years of service to America, NOAA’s National Weather Service has named Eau Claire, MI resident Herbert Teichman as a recipient of the agency’s Dick Hagemeyer Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program.  This award was named in honor of Dick Hagemeyer (1924-2001), whose career in NOAA spanned 51 years, the last 20 as Director, Pacific Region. Early in his career, he served as Cooperative Program Manager and was an ardent supporter of the Cooperative Observer Program.

Jeffrey Logsdon, acting meteorologist-in-charge of the Northern Indiana National Weather Service forecast office near Syracuse presented the award to Mr. Teichman on August 20 2013.

 The National Weather Service’s Cooperative Weather Observer Program has given scientists and researchers continuous observational data since the program’s inception more than a century ago.  Today, some 11,000 volunteer observers participate in the nationwide program to provide daily reports on temperature, precipitation and other weather factors such as snow depth, river levels and soil temperature.

 Mr. Teichman has a passion for the weather and is very active in the community.  He owns and operates the Tree-Mendus Fruit farm and hosts many neighborhood activities at the farm. These activities include the International Cherry Pit Spit contest. You can always count on something going on for the community to enjoy throughout the year. Mr. Teichman also provides his data to numerous sources including the media and local government.  He always expresses his concern about making sure his weather observations are correct and that they get to the National Weather Service on time. “The fruit business is highly governed by the weather”, Mr. Teichman said, “Rainfall, drought, heat, and frost are just some of the factors that affect our many fruit trees”. His fruit tree business includes apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, pears, and plums. Mr. Teichman is very diligent in his weather observations taking neat, legible, and accurate observations and even has all of his weather records back to the beginning.

 Mr. Teichman has recorded a low temperature of -22 degrees F on January 19, 1994 and -21 degrees F on January 16, 1972.  He has recorded a high temperature of 103 degrees F on July 30, 1999 and on July 6, 2012. The highest monthly precipitation he has recorded is 12.18 inches in August 2007 and the highest yearly precipitation he has recorded is 48.67 inches in 2008. The highest seasonal snowfall amount Mr. Teichman has recorded is 135.5 inches in 1977-1978.

 Teichman became an official observer at the Eau Claire site on August 1, 1968, taking over from his father, William. William Teichman founded the site in 1923, recording daily temperature, precipitation, snowfall, snow depth and snowfall water equivalency for the National Weather Service.  Mr. Herbert Teichman has great memories as a child helping his father take the weather observations and discussing the observations and the weather over supper. Adhering to his volunteer duties through such weather extremes as 30-inch snow days, temperatures well below zero, and sweltering drought conditions, Teichman is the latest volunteer in the family whose efforts provide a continuous climate record since 1923 for Eau Claire, MI. His weather observations are also of great importance to his business, Tree-Mendus Fruit.

 Mr. Teichman’s weather records retain their importance as time goes by.  His long and continuous records provide an accurate picture of a locale’s normal weather, and give climatologists and others a basis for predicting future trends.  The data that Mr. Teichman collects is invaluable for scientists studying floods, droughts and heat and cold waves.  At the end of each month, he mails his weather observations to the local National Weather Service office which then forwards the data on to the National Climatic Data Center for publication in “Climatological Data” or “Hourly Precipitation Data.”

 The Thomas Jefferson Award is the highest award given to a cooperative weather observer and the John Campanius Holm Award is the second highest award given, and Mr. Teichman has received both honors. He received the Thomas Jefferson Award in 2011 and the John Campanius Holm Award in 2006.

 


Hartford City, IN 20 Year Award

weather observing award for Hartford City, IN observer  Mr. Chris Kirkwood has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service in Hartford City, IN since 1993. Daily observations include maximum and minimum temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, and snowfall water equivalent.  Another rain gage collects rainfall data every 15 minutes and this is submitted to the National Weather Service monthly. 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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area.  The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. On June 29 2012 he recorded a high of 104 degrees and recorded 6 other days of temperatures 97+…two of which were above 100 degrees. On the other end of the spectrum he recorded a low of -26 degrees on January 19 1994.  He also recorded a low of -20 degrees the day before on January 18 1994.  In June 2010 he recorded 9.17 inches of rainfall for the month. In September 1995 only 0.50 inches of rainfall was recorded. In January 1999 he recorded 22.5 inches of snowfall…a good total for a single month. He has recorded observations through some intense rainfall and ice storms that have knocked out power for a week. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Kirkwood for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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. Pictured is Mr. Kirkwood accepting his 20 year length of service award.

 

Marion, IN 25 Year Award

Marc Freeman Marion, IN sewage treatment employee weather observer length of service award   Mr. Marc Freeman has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service in Marion, IN since 1988. Daily observations include maximum and minimum temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, and snowfall water equivalent.  Another rain gage collects rainfall data every 15 minutes and this is submitted to the National Weather Service monthly. 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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area.  The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. On June 26 1988 he recorded a high of 103 degrees and has also recorded a high of 101 degrees on July 30 1999 & July 8 2012 and 100 degrees on June 29 2012. On the other end of the spectrum he recorded a low of -21 degrees on January 20 1994.  He also recorded a low of -20 degrees the day before on January 19 1994.  In April 2013 he recorded 12.34 inches of rainfall for the month. In September 1991 only 0.31 inches of rainfall was recorded. In December 2000 he recorded 20.3 inches of snowfall…a good total for a single month. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Freeman for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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. Pictured is Mr. Freeman accepting his 25 year length of service.

 

 Francesville, IN 15 Year Award

15 year national weather service COOP award for Mr. Stone  Mr. Greg Stone has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service in Francesville, IN since 1998. Daily observations include maximum and minimum temperatures, rainfall, snowfall and snowfall water equivalent.  Mr. Stone began taking weather observations for the National Weather Service because the city of Francesville had put in a sewer system with two lagoons and needed to keep track of the rainfall for operations to send on to the State of Indiana. So he contacted TV stations in South Bend and Lafayette and they suggested contacting the National Weather Service. Mr. Stone did just that and since the National Weather Service was looking for a new weather observer in the Francesville area, Mr. Stone was set up as an official National Weather Service Cooperative weather observing site. In July 1999 and July 2012, he recorded a high temperature of 99 degrees. On the other end of the thermometer, in January 2009 he recorded a low temperature of -23 degrees. In July 2003, he recorded 15.27 inches of rain and in January 1999 27.2 inches of snowfall was recorded. 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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Stone for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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. Pictured is Brentley Lothamer (left) Observation Program Leader at the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office presenting Mr. Stone (right) his 15 year length of service award.

 

Butler, IN 15 Year Award

  Mr. Dean Malcolm has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service in Butler, IN since 1998. Daily observations include rainfall and snowfall water equivalent.  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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. In September 2003, he recorded 10.10 inches of rain. His highest yearly rainfall total is 49.15 inches for 2011. He also remembers at the beginning of June 2008, that he received 1.50 inches of rain in just 20 minutes. He said that he could only see a few feet in front of him. Mr. Malcolm farms 1400 acres of land and farmers and others in the neighboring area call Mr. Malcolm for his precipitation report. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Malcolm for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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. Pictured is Mr. Malcolm accepting his 15 year length of service award from the National Weather Service Northern Indiana office.

 

Decatur, IN Sewage Treatment Plant employee 25 Year Award

25 year length of service weather observer award  Mrs. Jane Thieme has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service since 1988 at the Decatur Sewage Treatment Plant. Maximum and minimum temperatures along with precipitation (rainfall, snowfall, snow depth) are recorded each day. Her observations have helped continue weather observations at Decatur, IN for the National Weather Service since 1931. Over the years she has recorded a lot of weather. For example, in February 2011 she recorded 27.0 inches of snowfall for just one month. In July of 2003 she recorded 10.42 inches of rainfall for just one month. The highest yearly precipitation total she has recorded is 49.66 inches for the year 2011 and the lowest total is 24.64 inches for the year 1988. The highest snowfall seasonal total was 52.8 inches in 2002-2003.  Extreme temperatures that Mrs. Thieme has recorded is a high of 102 degrees on June 29 2012 and a low temperature of -17 degrees on January 17 2009. 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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States along with other numerous users such as the agricultural industry and the transportation industry. 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. Pictured is Mrs. Thieme accepting her 25 year length of service award from the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office.

 

Wauseon, OH Wastewater Treatment Plant employee 20 Year Award

Wauseon, OH wastewater treatment plant employee weather observing award  Mr. Lou Thourot has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service at the Wauseon Water Treatment Plant since 1993. Daily observations include maximum temperature, minimum temperature, snowfall, snow depth, rainfall and snowfall water equivalent.  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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area.  The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. For the month of August 1998, he recorded 11.28 inches of rain. He also recorded 25.7 inches of snowfall in February 2011. Highest yearly precipitation total Mr. Thourot has recorded was 49.26 inches for the year 2011. The lowest was 24.75 inches for the year 2012. Highest seasonal snowfall total was 43.0 inches for the season 2002-2003. Highest temperature he recorded was in July 2012 at 105 degrees F and in June 2012 104 degrees F was recorded. Lowest temperature that he recorded was -21 degrees F back in January 1994. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Thourot for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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. Pictured is Mr. Thourot (right) accepting his 20 year length of service award from Brentley Lothamer (left) of the National Weather Service Northern Indiana office. Photo taken by Mike Rehbein, Service Hydrologist of the National Weather Service Northern Indiana office.

 

Niles, MI Wastewater Treatment Plant employee 10 Year Award

Niles, MI wastewater treatment plant employee weather observing award  Mr. Tony Nichols has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service since 2003 at the Niles Wastewater Treatment Plant in Niles, MI. Daily observations include the maximum and minimum air temperatures, 24 hour rainfall amounts, 24 hour snowfall amounts, snow depth, and snowfall water equivalent.  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. For example, in September 2008, he recorded 13.75 inches of rainfall. The highest annual precipitation total that he has recorded is 53.37 inches back in 2008. The lowest total he has recorded was in 2012 at 31.29 inches. In January 2004, for one month he recorded 38.2 inches of snow. For the season of 2010-2011, he recorded 80.4 inches of snowfall. He recorded a high temperature of 102 degrees F in July 2012. The lowest temperature he has recorded is   -5 degrees F in February 2011. The National Weather Service thanks Mr. Nichols for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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. Numerous industries throughout the country, such as agriculture and transportation, use the data that is collected. Pictured is Mr. Nichols accepting his 10 year length of service award from the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office.

Goshen, IN 15 Year Award

15 year length of service award for taking weather observations for the National Weather Service Mr. Leland Shaum and his wife, Sharon, have been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service (NWS) since 1998. Mr. Shaum remembers seeing an ad in the local paper from the NWS that the weather equipment at the Goshen College needed to be moved. He has always been interested in the weather and was at the time taking weather observations on his own, so he decided to contact the NWS and volunteer to help out his country and community. Precipitation along with high and low temperatures are recorded each day. Their observations are helping to continue weather observations at Goshen, IN for the National Weather Service since 1914. They are proudly retaining the station’s weather records back to 1915. In July 2012 they recorded a high of 103 degrees and recorded four other days in 2012 that were 100+ degrees. In January 2009 they recorded a low temperature of  -19 degrees. On one day in July 2006 they remember their rain gage filling up 3 times and measuring the water in it for a 4th time within a single rain event. The highest precipitation total for a month that they have recorded was 12.83 inches in August 2007. The highest yearly precipitation total they have recorded is 49.29 inches in 2011. The lowest yearly total is 32.36 inches in 2012. The highest seasonal snowfall total is 83.2 inches for the season of 2007-2008. 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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. The National Weather Service thanks Mr. & Mrs. Shaum along with their children for their continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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. Pictured are Mr. & Mrs. Shaum accepting their 15 year award from the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office.

 

Paulding, OH Wastewater Treatment Plant employee 10 Year Award

Mr. Gary Donat has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service at the Paulding Wastewater Treatment Plant since 2003. Daily observations include maximum temperature, minimum temperature, snowfall, snow depth, rainfall and snowfall water equivalent.  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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. For the month of August 2007, he recorded 8.84 inches of rain. He also recorded 23.5 inches of snowfall in February 2011. Highest yearly precipitation total Mr. Donat has recorded was 50.22 inches for the year 2011. The lowest was 28.46 inches for the year 2012. Highest seasonal snowfall total was 48.0 inches for the season 2002-2003. Highest temperature he recorded was in June 2012 at 107 degrees F. Lowest temperature that he recorded was -18 degrees F back in December 2004 and January 2009. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Donat for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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.

 

Three Rivers, MI Wastewater Treatment Plant employees 10 Year Awards

Three rivers waste water treatment plant employee weather observation award   Three rivers waste water treatment plant employee weather observation award Mr. Carl Bowers (left photo) and Mr. Doug Humbert (right in the right photo) have been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service at the Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant since 2003. Daily observations include maximum temperature, minimum temperature, snowfall, snow depth, rainfall and snowfall water equivalent.  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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. For the month of August 2007, they recorded 13.68 inches of rain. They also recorded 23.8 inches of snowfall in January 2005. Highest yearly precipitation total they have recorded was 47.46 inches for the year 2011. The lowest was 33.18 inches for the year 2005. Highest seasonal snowfall total was 67.7 inches for the season 2007-2008. Highest temperature they have recorded was in July 2012 at 103 degrees F. Lowest temperature that they have recorded was -16 degrees F back in January 2009. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Bowers and Mr. Humbert for their continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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. Pictured are Mr. Bowers and Mr. Humbert accepting their 10 year length of service awards from Brentley Lothamer (left in the right photo) of the National Weather Service Northern Indiana office. Photos taken by Elena Hines of Three Rivers Commercial-News of Three Rivers, MI.

Dowagiac, MI Wastewater Treatment Plant employee 40 Year Award

Mr. Kevin Cox has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service at the Dowagiac Wastewater Treatment Plant since 1973. Daily observations include maximum temperature, minimum temperature, snowfall, snow depth, rainfall and snowfall water equivalent.  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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. For the month of September 2008, he recorded 12.97 inches of rain. He also recorded 54.1 inches of snowfall in January 1997. Highest yearly precipitation total Mr. Cox has recorded was 53.51 inches for the year 1990. The lowest was 31.15 inches for the year 2002. Highest seasonal snowfall total was 108.5 inches for the season 1977-1978. Highest temperature he recorded was in July 1999 at 103 degrees F. Lowest temperature that he recorded was -23 degrees F back in February 1978. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Cox for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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.

Plymouth, IN 20 Year Award

Mr. Edward Kelso has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service in Plymouth, IN since January 1993. Mr. Kelso got started by seeing an ad in the paper from the National Weather Service for a weather observer to replace the existing one there in Plymouth. He commented that he has enjoyed every year of his weather observing. Daily observations include high and low temperatures, rainfall, snowfall, and snowfall water equivalent.  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 rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. Climate data is used in litigation, insurance industry, consultants and engineers, medical, public utilities, transportation industry, agriculture, and many other uses. In July 2012 he recorded a high of 105 degrees along with five other days of 100+ degrees in 2012. On the other end of the spectrum he recorded a low of -22 degrees in January 1994 and a low of -21 degrees in January 2009. In June 1994 he recorded 10.51 inches of rainfall. The highest and lowest yearly precipitation totals that he has recorded are 49.61 inches in 2011 and 27.37 inches in 2012 respectively. In January 1999 he recorded 19.0 inches of snowfall…a good total for a single month. His highest snow depth was also in that same month…24 inches. The highest seasonal snowfall that Mr. Kelso has recorded is 100.8 inches for the season of 2007-2008. The National Weather Service is very grateful to Mr. Kelso for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. 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.

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