Bridgewater Cooperative Station Receives 50 Year Award

The National Weather Service honored the Bridgewater City Water Department for 50 years of weather observations by presenting the staff a 50 Year Institutional Service Award. The award was accepted by Todd Letcher of the Bridgewater Public Works Department. Official weather observations of rain, snow, and temperature began at the Water Department location on April 1st, 1963, with records for the Bridgewater area dating back to 1947. The award was presented by Meteorologist-In-Charge Sally Johnson from the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls.

The daily precipitation, temperature and snowfall data collected by the water department becomes a permanent part of the climatic record for the local area and nation. These data are used extensively by many other sectors including the National Weather Service and state climatologists. This data is also used by numerous others in the public and private sectors for agricultural planning and assessment, engineering, environmental-impact assessment, utilities planning, and litigation. These records continue to acquire greater value with the passing of time.

The Nation owes a sincere debt of gratitude to the cooperative weather observers and organizations who have quietly and steadily built up what to amounts to a priceless national treasure in the finest tradition of volunteer service to their country. The United States Government, the National Weather Service, State Climatologist and others greatly appreciate this service, and thank those who have worked to take accurate weather observations at the Water Department location over the past 50 years.



Below is a photo of Mr. Letcher and MIC Sally Johnson during the award ceremony.





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