The Ashland Municipal Light Plant received an institutional award for 50 years of service for taking cooperative weather observations on Tuesday, December 7th. Larry Ruthi, Meteorologist-in-Charge for the National Weather Service in Dodge City, presented the award to Jason Wyatt. Mr. Wyatt is the Superintendant of Water and Wastewater at the plant and is also the official Cooperative Weather Observer.
The Ashland station was started in 1907 by C.W. Carson. There have been several different observers since then up until 1960 when the Light Plant took over. The first observer at the plant was LeRoy E. Schindler, followed by John Speer in 1966, John Thomas in 1968, Mr. Speer again in 1970, Don German in 1972, Loren Mead in 1975, Alan Schweitzer in 1981, Bill Gibson in 1991 and Mr. Wyatt in 2007. Observations taken at the plant are for temperature, precipitation and snowfall.
Larry Ruthi, left, presenting the award to Jason Wyatt. (Photo by Jesse Lee)