Curt and Muffy Justin, our National Weather Service COOP observers from Chambers – were presented with their 10 year Length-of-Service Award by Cory Van Pelt, Hydrometeorological Technician from the National Weather Service in North Platte, Nebraska. The Justin’s were presented a framed award certificate, along with a 10 year service pin.
The Justin’s began their service on April 1st in 2001, and have provided maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation, snowfall and snow depth information to the National Weather Service since that time.
Curt and Muffy Justin have maintained a daily weather log of their temperature and precipitation data that is published by the National Climatic Data Center, and the High Plains Climatic Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Justin’s have also been doing an excellent job of using the WxCoder program to create a permanent database, accessible online, for Chambers, Nebraska – through their online encoding of their daily observations. Both of the Justin’s have also contacted the NWS during periods of heavy rain and snow, or during severe weather events, to relay up to date information.
This type of volunteerism directly benefits the community, by providing a collection of official temperature, precipitation and snowfall data for Chambers, in Holt County, and surrounding communities. 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.
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 State Climatologist commend Curt and Muffy Justin, for their diligence in doing such a fine job taking these observations, and in disseminating the data.