National Weather Service
"Edward H. Stoll" Award Presented to Morrisonville
Weather Observer Dorothy Bullard
On September 12, officials from the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Lincoln, IL presented Dorothy Bullard of Morrisonville, IL (Christian County) with the Edward H. Stoll Award during an appreciation luncheon at the 311 South Sixth Hall in Morrisonville. This award is given to Cooperative Weather Observers completing 50 years of service. Mrs. Bullard has provided the NWS with weather data for over 18,000 days during that period. NWS Lincoln Data Acquisition Program Manager Billy Ousley says, "Dorothy Bullard is truly a unique American who stands out among the 11,000 cooperative observers nationwide."
This award was created and became effective in 1975 in honor of Mr. Edward H. Stoll. Mr. Stoll was the observer at Elwood, Nebraska for over 76 years and was the first to receive the prestigious Stoll Award. The Edward H. Stoll Award is signed by the Assistant Administrator of Weather Services (Director of the NWS).
Mrs. Bullard and her husband Bill have also been recognized several other times for various awards. Among them is the John Campanius Holm Award, which is granted each year to a maximum of 25 cooperative observers for outstanding accomplishments in the field of cooperative observations. Mr. Holm was the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American colonies in 1644 and 1645.
Additionally, Mrs. Bullard has also received the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest and most prestigious award bestowed on Cooperative Weather Observers. That award is named for our nation's third President, who kept an almost unbroken series of weather records from 1776 to 1816. This award is given to very few observers each year, usually not more than five, for outstanding and unusual achievements. All candidates for the Jefferson Award must have received the Holm Award in the past and allow five years to pass before becoming eligible for the Jefferson Award.
Below are pictures from the award ceremony, with attendees from the Bullard family, NWS personnel, local government officials, media, and other NWS weather observers. (Click thumbnail image to enlarge).