Lee & Carolyn Musil, cooperative weather observers of Burdette KS, were presented with a 10 year length of service award on Tuesday, January 18th, by Jesse Lee, Observing Program Leader for the National Weather Service in Dodge City. The Musils have recorded precipitation and snowfall data since January 2001. In attendance for the presentation were Meteorologist Jonathan Finch and Cooperative Program Manager Duane Wolfe, both from the National Weather Service in Dodge City.
The history of the Burdett station began in 1941. The first observer was John Line. Everett Ellis took over the duties in 1946. Between 1948 and 1951 there were several observers. Clinton Smith became the observer in 1951 and continued until 1978. Francis Starr took observations from 1979 until 1989. Elmer Musil became the primary observer from 1989 until 2001. Elmer’s son Lee and his wife Carolyn have been the observers since 2001.