Loup City and Arcadia Coop Observers Receive 10-Year Award

The National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska would like to send congratulations to Marlene Einspahr of Arcadia, Nebraska and R.G. Marshall of Loup City, Nebraska for 10 Years Length of Service with the Cooperative Observer Program for the National Weather Service. Both have been reporting weather observations since the year 2000. Marlene started on April 1, 2000 and R.G. started on May 23, 2000. 

The Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) has more than 10,000 volunteers across the country that take measurements daily of high and low temperatures over the previous 24 hours, as well as precipitation over the previous 24 hours. The data is reported to the National Weather Service, which then gets sent to media, the general public, and the National Climatic Database Center, just to name a few.

Every morning, R.G. reports the previous day's high and low temperature, and both R.G. and Marlene take measurements of precipitation, whether it is rain or snow. If any inclement weather is nearby, you bet they make a call to the weather office to make forecasters aware of real time weather situations. Without people like Marlene and R.G., the NWS would lose valuable climatic data and real time weather information.  

Weather observations for Arcadia date as far back as 1893. In her career as a COOP observer, Marlene has recorded over 250 inches of snowfall, with the maximum in one year reported as 48.9 inches that fell in the 2000-2001 snow year. Loup City also has a long history of weather observations with temperature data as far back as 1901 and precipitation data as far back as 1894. During his career as a COOP observer, R.G. has recorded approximately 260 inches of precipitation and recorded temperatures as high as 105 degrees Fahrenheit on July 20, 2006 and as low as -16 degrees Fahrenheit on January 23, 2003, January 9, 2010, and January 10, 2010.


Congratulations to Marlene and R.G. on a job well done and thank you!!


R.G. Marshall (right) receives his award from Mike Reed, HMT, NWS Office, Hastings, Nebraska.

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