Cooperative Weather Observers Honored

Awards

Above Left to Right:  Archie Cloud, Carl Lovell, and Clement Mitchell

 

A crowd gathered in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado as the National Weather Service paid tribute to three of its volunteer weather observers in Cheyenne County. Representatives from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Goodland Kansas included Meteorologist-In-Charge Scott Mentzer and Observation Program Leader Larry Boyd.
 
The Cooperative Weather Observers honored were Archie Cloud for ten years of service, Clement Mitchell for 35 years of service, and Carl Lovell for an amazing 45 years of service and dedication. Each person was presented with a certificate and a pin, with Carl also receiving a letter from the Director of the National Weather Service personally thanking him for his long-term public service and loyalty. “The dedication and attention to detail these folks demonstrate on a daily basis is truly inspirational” said Scott Mentzer, who made the presentation. “Their long-term commitment to maintaining accurate weather records helps meteorologists and climatologists define the local climate of eastern Colorado, as well as monitor its changes”. 
 
Cooperative Weather Observers are volunteers who gather daily temperature and precipitation data each morning and report to the National Weather Service. They form the backbone of the nation’s weather and climate observing network.
 
Nationwide there are more than 11,000 volunteers who take observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, in National Parks, along seashores and on mountaintops. The Cooperative Observer Program is truly a program of, by and for the people of the United States. Quite often the spirit of volunteering is handed down from one generation to the next, where parents begin taking observations and after 15 or 20 years their children assume the role of record keeper. It is not unusual for observing sites remain in the same location for decades.
 
The Cooperative Observing Program (COOP) was formally created by Congress in 1890 with a two-fold mission: To provide observational meteorological data required to define the climate of the United States, and to provide observational data in near real-time to support forecast, warning and other public service programs of the NWS. However, many COOP stations began long before that. Some of the more noteworthy early weather observers include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Jefferson maintained an almost unbroken record of observations for 40 years.
 

If you are interested in becoming a COOP Observer or learning more about the COOP Program, Please Contact the Goodland National Weather Service office at 785-899-7119 or Email w-gld.webmaster@noaa.gov



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