COOP Observers Recognized for Service

Several Cooperative Weather Observers were recognized on October 15 for years of dedicated service to the National Weather Service and to the country.  Cooperative (COOP) weather observers are the backbone of the nation's climate; in other words, their daily weather observations help form and document the climatology of the United States.  Most observers report daily in the morning, submitting their temperature and/or precipitation measurements (including snowfall) to the National Weather Service.  Long standing records for many cities are preserved by the COOP network.  Without the observers, much of what we know about daily weather and climate would be lost.


The following length of service awards were presented on October 15:


Dave Ball, Battle Creek (5 miles NW) - 40 year award and pin (belated) - Daily temperature and precipitation

Marshall Wastewater Treatment Plant, Marshall - 25 year award and pin - Daily precipitation

Holly Cogan, Brooklyn (2 miles ENE) - 30 year award and pin - Daily precipitation


Congratulations to our observers!


Dave Ball accepting his 40 year award and pin along with Observing Program Leader, Brandon Hoving.


Marshall Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Alec Egnatuck accepting the 25 year award and pin.


Brooklyn observer Holly Cogan accepting her 30 year award and pin.


For questions and comments regarding the COOP observer network, please contact Observing Program Leader Brandon Hoving at or 616-949-0643 ext. 675.


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