Recognizing 25 years of service to America, NOAA's National Weather Service has named McCracken resident Bill Greenway as a 2012 recipient of the agency’s John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program. Larry Ruthi, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Dodge City, presented the award to Mr. Greenway at McCracken on Thursday, January 31st. Mr. Greenway was also presented with congratulatory letters from U. S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp. Also, in attendance for the presentation were Meteorologists Matt Gerard and Kelly Sugden, and Jesse Lee, Observing Program Leader at the Dodge City office. The McCracken observing site was officially established in October 1911 by E.D. Floyd. Mr. Greenway took over the site on August 1, 1987 from Phyllis Higgins. He has been the longest serving observer for McCracken. His wife Paula is the backup observer. Mr. Greenway has reported daily precipitation and snowfall information to the National Weather Service. Mr. Greenway is also the Mayor of McCracken and the head of the Fire and Water Department.
Left to right are Matt Gerard, Bill Greenway, Larry Ruthi and Kelly Sugden. Photo by Jesse Lee.