Ella Mae Julian of rural Big Bow in eastern Stanton County received the Albert J. Myer Award for 65 years of service as a cooperative weather observer for the National Weather Service. Mrs. Julian’s husband, Ted, took over the Big Bow weather cooperative station in 1944 from Caspar Barlup. Ella Mae was the backup observer for Ted until his death in 1999. She has been the primary observer since then. Ella Mae records precipitation and snowfall data and sends the information to the National Weather Service in Dodge City.
Ella Mae Julian of rural Big Bow receiving her award from MIC Larry Ruthi
The award is named for General Albert J. Myer. General Myer had been an observer at Eagle Pass, Texas and became the chief of the Signal Service. He was appointed in 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant to establish and direct the Division of Telegrams and Reports for the Benefit of Commerce. This division is now known as the National Weather Service.
Larry Ruthi, Meteorologist-In-Charge of the National Weather Service in Dodge City, presented the award to Ella Mae on Wednesday, July 15th. In attendance for the ceremony were Senior Meteorologist Matt Gerard, Information Technology Officer Scott Reiter and Observing Program Leader Jesse Lee. Debbie Pugh from U.S. Senator Pat Robert’s office and Dennis Mesa from U.S. Senator Sam Brownback’s office were also in attendance.
Pictured from L-R, Scott Reiter (NWS), Jesse Lee (NWS) , Larry Ruthi (Meteorologist in Charge - NWS) , Ella Mae Julian of rural Big Bow, Debbie Pugh from U.S. Senator Pat Robert’s office, Dennis Mesa from U.S. Senator Sam Brownback’s office and Matt Gerard (NWS)