Scott Poese, Cooperative Weather Observer from O'Neill and KBRX Radio station - will be presented with the John Campanius Holm award on September 12th in O'Neill. The award presentation will be held at the Blarney Stone, at 432 East Douglas Street in O'Neill - beginning at 500 PM Wednesday, September 12th. Scott Poese will also be receiving a 25 Year Length-of-Service Award from the National Weather Service.
In 1644 and 1655, John Campanius Holm, a Lutheran minister, was the first observer to take systematic observations in the American Colonies. The John Campanius Holm award was created to honor Cooperative Observers for outstanding accomplishments in the field of meteorological observations. It is named for a Lutheran minister, the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American Colonies. Reverend Holm made weather observations, without the aid of instruments, in 1644 and 1645 near the present site of Wilmington, Delaware. His son later had these observation published.
From hundreds of nominations each year, no more than twenty-five of these awards are presented annually to the volunteer observers. The certificate is signed by the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and presented by local National Weather Service representatives. For 2012 only fourteen worthy recipients were chosen to receive the John Campanius Holm Award.