Ella Mae Julian Receives Longevity Award From NWS

Ella Mae Julian, a cooperative weather observer near Big Bow KS, was presented with the Ruby Stufft award at her residence on Wednesday, January 28th, by Larry Ruthi, Meteorologist-in-Charge for the National Weather Service in Dodge City.  This award is given to observers who complete 70 years of observations.   Mrs. Julian’s husband, Theodore, had been the primary observer since 1944 before his passing in 1999.   Mrs. Julian was his backup before taking over the primary duties.   They have provided precipitation data for over 70 years.  Mrs. Julian is the longest serving cooperative weather observer in southwest Kansas.  She received letters of congratulations from Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, Representative Tim Huelskamp and National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini.  Also representing the National Weather Service during the ceremony were Jeff Hutton, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Scott Reiter, Information Technology Officer and Jesse Lee, Observing Program Leader.  Vaughn Lorenson, Emergency Manager for Stanton County, was also in attendance.

Larry Ruthi and Ella Mae Julian (Photo by Scott Reiter)

Scott Reiter, Jeff Hutton, Jesse Lee, Ella Mae Julian, Larry Ruthi and Vaughn Lorenson (Photo by Scott Reiter)

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