The National Weather Service (NWS) in Gaylord Michigan is seeking a volunteer, from the Standish area, for its Cooperative Weather Observer Program (COOP).
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 10,000 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 Cooperative Weather Observer is…. Once daily (usually between 6am and 830am), record the Maximum and Minimum Temperatures, Snowfall and Snow Depth, and Precipitation during the past 24 hrs.
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.