Cooperative Weather Observers From Anselmo Honored
with 15 Year Length-of-Service Award

(In image above, Steve Carmel from WFO North Platte presents Leonard and Ruth Lindly their 15 Year Length of Service Award)

      Leonard and Ruth Lindly, the Cooperative Weather Observers from 2 miles southeast of Anselmo, in Custer County – were recently presented with a 15 Year Length-of-Service Award and 15 Year Pins, by Steve Carmel and Observation Program Leader Mark Byrd, representing the National Weather Service office in North Platte, Nebraska.

    The Lindly’s began their meritorious regime as cooperative weather observers, on April 1st, 1995. Leonard and Ruth have a full service cooperative weather station, which incorporates an MMTS (maximum/minimum temperature system) with a NIMBUS display readout.  There is also a Fischer Porter rain gage on site, which recently was updated mechanically and electronically, to reflect the latest upgrades on this particular piece of equipment. Instead of the lengthy paper tape the Fisher Porter gage used to provide on a monthly basis – Leonard and Ruth can now download the data to a memory card.

    This information after being quality controlled by the local National Weather Service office in North Platte, is then uploaded to the National Climatic Data Center.  The Lindly’s provide daily temperature, precipitation, snowfall and snow depth information to the National Weather Service.

    The daily records that Leonard and Ruth Lindly provide from rural Anselmo, have been responsible for maintaining a daily weather log of temperature, precipitation and snowfall data that is published by the National Climatic Data Center, and the High Plains Climatic Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Leonard and Ruth frequently contact the National Weather Service during severe weather, or heavy rainfall or snowfall events. In fact - when they call reports into the National Weather Service office in North Platte, they proudly announce themselves as Anselmo Weather! This type of volunteerism directly benefits the surrounding community, by providing a collection of official temperature and precipitation data for Oconto, and Custer 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. Their 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 Leonard and Ruth Lindly, for doing such a fine job taking these meticulous observations, and disseminating the data.

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