Cooperative Weather Observer Near McCook Receives 20 Year Length of Service Award


      Kathy Ruppert, the Cooperative Weather Observer from McCook 17 NNW, was recently presented with a 20 Year Length-of-Service award and pin. The award was presented by Steve Carmel, Observing Program Leader from the National Weather Service office in North Platte, Nebraska.

        Kathy assumed the mantle of observational duties from her husband’s great Aunt, Leila Ruppert. Kathy Ruppert reached her 20 year milestone as a Cooperative Observer – on April 1st., after assuming the responsibilities in 1991. Kathy has provided precipitation, snowfall and snow depth measurements to the National Weather Service during this time period. Leila Ruppert began her long period of service as a COOP observer on October 1st, 1960.

      The daily records that Kathy Ruppert provides, have been responsible for maintaining a daily weather log of precipitation data that is published by the National Climatic Data Center, and the High Plains Climatic Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Kathy contacts the National Weather Service during severe weather, or heavy rainfall or snowfall events. This type of volunteerism directly benefits the surrounding community, by providing a collection of official precipitation and snowfall data for the McCook area, and her location in Frontier County. Data provided by cooperative observers is used by the National Weather Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Geologic Survey, and numerous others both in the public and private sectors. This data eventually becomes a permanent part of the climatic record for the local area, and the nation.  

      Her observations provide the National Weather Service with a rapid source of observational data.     
     There are over 300 official volunteer cooperative weather observers in Nebraska and nearly 11,000 nationwide. 

      Observers are placed at private residences, farms, municipal facilities, utilities, dams, parks, game refuges, radio and television stations, and other locations.   The nation owes a debt of gratitude to the cooperative weather observers who have quietly and steadily built up what amounts to a priceless service. The United States government, National Weather Service, and the Nebraska State Climatologist commend Kathy Ruppert, for doing such a fine job taking these meticulous observations, and disseminating the data.

OPL Steve Carmel from NWS North Platte presents Kathy her 20 Year Service Award & Pin

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