Recognizing 35 years of service to America, NOAA's National Weather Service has named Offerle rural resident Jack Kersting as a 2008 recipient of the agency's John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program. The award is the agency's second most prestigious and only 25 are presented this year to cooperative weather observers from around the country.
Larry Ruthi, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Dodge City, presented the award to Mr. Kersting in a small ceremony at his residence on Monday, September 22nd. Mr. Kersting was also presented with congratulatory letters from U.S. Senator Pat Roberts and U.S. Representative Jerry Moran. Also in attendance were Jack's wife Marilyn, meteorologists Ray Burgert and Jeff Johnson, and Observing Program Leader Jesse Lee.
This award was named in honor of John Campanius Holm, a Lutheran minister, who was the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in 1644 and 1645 in the American Colonies. Each year, around 25 cooperative observers nationwide are honored with the John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding accomplishments in the field of cooperative observations.
Pictured from left to right are Larry Ruthi, Jack Kersting and his wife Marilyn. (Photo by Jesse Lee)