IWX COOP Awards for 2013
Marion Municipal Utilities employees length of service awards
Mr. Jeff Mast (L) has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service (NWS) since 1989 and Mr. Jason Reece (R) has been taking weather observations for the NWS since 1994 at the Marion Municipal Utilities. Maximum temperatures and minimum temperatures along with precipitation (rainfall, snowfall, snow depth) are recorded each day. An automatic rain gage collects rainfall/melted snowfall data every 15 minutes. Their observations have helped continue weather observations at Marion, IN for the National Weather Service since 1886. Over the years they have recorded a lot of weather. For example, in January 2014 they recorded 33.3 inches of snowfall for just one month. In April of 2013 they recorded 12.34 inches of rainfall for just one month. The highest yearly precipitation total they have recorded is 54.68 inches for the year 1998 and the lowest total is 28.68 inches for the year 1999. The highest snowfall seasonal total was 68.4 inches in 2013-2014. They recorded a high of 101 degrees on July 30 1999 and on July 8 2012. 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 are Mr. Mast (L) accepting his 25 year length of service award and Mr. Reece (R) accepting his 20 year length of service award from the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office.