IWX COOP Awards for 2014  

 

Marion Municipal Utilities employees length of service awards

Marion Municipal utilities employees weather observing 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.

 

Van Wert, OH Water Treatment Plant employees length of service awards

Van Wert Ohio water treatment plant 10 year award for weather observations  Tony Wright and Josh Caldwell of the Van Wert, OH Water Treatment Plant (WTP) have been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service (NWS) since 2004. Precipitation (rainfall, snowfall, snow depth) along with high and low temperatures are recorded each day. Their observations are helping to continue weather observations at Van Wert, OH for the National Weather Service since 1914. In June 2012 they recorded a high of 104 degrees. They also recorded 4 other days of 100+ in 2012.  In February 2014…they recorded a low temperature of -18 degrees. Back in August 2007 they recorded 11.86 inches of rain. The highest yearly precipitation total they have recorded is 53.80” for the year 2011 and the lowest they have recorded is 34.42” for the year 2005. The snowiest winter they have recorded is 68.0 inches for the season 2013-2014. The highest snowfall total for a month is 25.8 inches for February 2014. 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 NWS thanks both Tony and Josh for their continued dedication in taking weather observations. The NWS 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 (L-R) Tony Wright and Josh Caldwell accepting their 10 year Individual Length of Service Awards from the Northern Indiana National Weather Service Office.

 

Berne, IN Wastewater Treatment Plant employees length of service awards

Berne, IN WWTP employees length of service awards for 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. The employees at the Berne, IN Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) have been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service since 2004 and were recently presented with 10 Year Individual Length of Service Awards. Daily observations include the maximum and minimum 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.  Here are just a few examples of the weather that the Berne WWTP has recorded.  On June 29 2012 they recorded a high of 104 degrees. On February 12 2014 the plant recorded a low of -20 degrees with the very next day coming in with a low of -17 degrees. The highest monthly rainfall total that they have recorded is 8.94 inches back in December 2004. The highest yearly precipitation total they recorded was 2011 at 52.54 inches and the lowest was 2012 at 36.01 inches. The highest monthly snowfall total they recorded was 25.0 inches in January 2014. The highest seasonal snowfall total that they have recorded is 58.0 inches for the season of 2013-2014. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States. Volunteer weather observers, such as at the Berne WWTP, 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 is 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 Berne, IN WWTP. Pictured are (L-R) Gary Nussbaum, Mayor of Berne Bill McKean, Kurt Dailey, Brandon Alberson, and Terry Kongar accepting their 10 Year Individual Length of Service Awards. 

 

Niles, MI Wastewater Treatment Plant employee length of service award

NIles, Michigan employee receiving a weather observing length of service award from the National Weather Service   Mr. Derek Gordon has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service since 2004 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 helped record 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 2014, for one month he recorded 52.8 inches of snow. For the season of 2013-2014, he helped record 115.8 inches of snowfall. He recorded a high temperature of 102 degrees F in July 2012. The lowest temperature he has recorded is  -15 degrees F in January 2014. The National Weather Service thanks Mr. Gordon 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. Gordon accepting his 10 year length of service award from the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office.

 

Garrett, IN 25 year length of service award

Mr. Steward 25 year length of service award for taking weather observations for the National Weather Service   Mr. Leonard Steward has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service ever since he saw an ad in the paper in 1989. Twenty-four hour precipitation amounts of rain and snow along with maximum and minimum temperatures are recorded each day. Snow depth and snowfall water equivalency are also recorded. His observations are helping to continue weather observations at Garrett, IN for the National Weather Service since 1896. He recorded a high temperature of 102 degrees back in June of 2012.  A low temperature of -25 degrees was recorded in February 2014.  He also recorded 31.4 inches of snowfall back in January of 2014. The highest seasonal snowfall total that Mr. Steward has recorded is 75.3 inches for the season of 2013-2014. The highest monthly precipitation total he has recorded is 11.36 inches in August 2007 and the lowest is 5.34 inches in January 2005. The highest yearly precipitation total that he has recorded is 55.99 inches in 1990 and the lowest is 26.23 inches in 2012. The data collected is now able to be ingested daily into each new weather model run along with helping to paint an areal 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. Steward 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. Steward accepting his 25 year award from the Northern Indiana National Weather Service office.

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