100-Year Institutional Award presented to Marshfield Agricultural Station

Recognizing a century of cooperation, NOAA’s National Weather Service presented the Marshfield, Wis. Agricultural Research Station (Ag Station) with a 100-Year Institutional Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program on August 16.

Starting a century ago in 1912, local residents would not have thought a great partnership would exist between the National Weather Service and the Marshfield Ag Station. Many Marshfield farm workers, secretaries, lab technicians, superintendents and scientists contributed to observing and recording accurate temperature, precipitation and evaporation readings. These data have provided an accurate picture of the locale’s normal weather and a basis for predicting future trends. It is also for this reason the Ag Station is part of the Historical Climate Network. This is a network of select climate sites with longevity, few station moves and other station changes that may affect data homogeneity. It is the elite network NOAA climatologists look to for answers on global climate change and important long-term swings in our weather.

"Cooperative observers are the bedrock of weather data collection and analysis," said Gary Austin, meteorologist-in-charge of NOAA’s Green Bay National Weather Service office. "Numerous technological breakthroughs have brought great benefits to the Nation in terms of better forecasts and warnings.  But without the century-long accumulation of accurate weather observations taken by volunteer observers at places like the Marshfield site, scientists could not begin to adequately describe the climate of the United States. We cannot thank the management and workers at this Ag Station enough for their years of service to America."

U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, along with Austin and observation program leader Pat Hein, also of NOAA’s Green Bay NWS Office, presented the award to Marshfield Superintendent Nancy Esser.

Award ceremony. Click for larger view.
Senator Herb Kohl (center) and NWS Green Bay's Gary Austin presenting the award to Marshfield station superintendent Nancy Esser.


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