Bruning Coop Observer Receives 10-Year Award

     Dean L. Reinsch of Bruning, Nebraska was presented a National Weather Service 10-Year Length of Service Award on November 10, 2010.  Larry Wirth from the National Weather Service Office in Hastings, Nebraska made the presentation.

     Dean received the award for 10 years of dedicated volunteer service dating back to October 2000.  Dean observes and records daily precipitation and snowfall information for Bruning, using NWS owned equipment.  Dean is also a dedicated storm spotter who provides valuable severe weather reports to the National Weather Service at Hastings during and after severe storm events.
     The data provided by cooperative observers is used extensively by the National Weather Service, State Climatologist, the Corps of Engineers and numerous others in the public and private sector.  Observer records become a permanent part of the climatic record for the local area and are stored at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC.  Observers record a variety of weather elements such as precipitation, temperature, river water levels and severe weather phenomenon.
     There are over 300 official volunteer cooperative weather observers in Nebraska and nearly 11,000 nationwide.  Observers are located at private residences, farms, municipal facilities, utilities, dams, parks, game refuges, radio stations, and many other locations.  Official NWS observations were first taken and recorded at Bruning in January 1898.

     The nation owes a sincere debt of gratitude to the cooperative weather observers who have quietly and steadily built up what amounts to be a priceless national treasure in the finest tradition of volunteer service to their country.  The United States Government, National Weather Service and State Climatologist greatly appreciate this service and extend their congratulations to Dean for a job well done.

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