Volunteer Cooperative Weather Observer Needed


The National Weather Service (NWS) in Gaylord Michigan is seeking a volunteer for its Cooperative Weather Observer Program (COOP).  We are currently seeking someone to serve the broader Standish area, specifically around Omer, Maple Ridge, Prescott or Whittemore.

The COOP Program was initially created in 1890 under the Organic Act, to define the climate of the United States and to help measure long-term climate changes. Currently there are around 8,000 volunteers taking observations across the country.

Data collected by volunteer Cooperative Weather Observers is used in agricultural planning and assessment, engineering, environmental-impact assessment, utilities planning, and litigation. COOP data also plays a critical role in evaluating changes in the climate on both local and global scales.

The COOP mission is simple....
Record a daily meteorological observation consisting of:  a 24-hour Maximum and 24-hour Minimum Temperature, Snowfall and Snow Depth, and 24-hour Precipitation totals.

The task of the Volunteer Cooperative Weather Observer is….
Once daily (usually between 6am and 9am), record the Maximum and Minimum Temperatures, Snowfall and Snow Depth, and Precipitation during the past 24 hours.

An internet connection is required to enter weather data online each day.

Equipment used to gather data is provided and maintained by NWS Gaylord on an annual basis. There is no expense to the observer.

This is not a paid position.  If you are interested in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program (COOP) or would like more information…  call Scott  989-731-3384 Extension 276.


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