Cooperative weather observers Tony and Loretta Basgall of rural Brownell were presented with a 10 year length of service award by Observing Program Leader Jesse Lee of the National Weather Service in Dodge City. Tony and Loretta started the weather station in September 1998. They take and record daily temperature and precipitation data and send that information to the National Weather Service at the end of the month.
With more than 11,0000 volunteer weather observers nationwide, the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program has given scientists, researchers and climatologists continuous observational data since the program’s inception more than 100 years ago. The first extensive network of cooperative stations was set up as a result of an 1890 act of Congress that led to the establishment of the Weather Bureau. Many stations have even longer histories. Many historic figures have maintained weather records, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.