On October 10, 2011, a glorious Indian Summer Day, Mrs. Ruth Everhart became the longest serving individual cooperative weather observer for the state of Indiana. Mrs. Everhart has been taking daily weather observation at Seymour since at least November 1, 1947...a string of nearly 64 years.
Each morning at 7 am local time, Mrs. Everhart’s weather routine consists of recording the maximum, minimum and current temperatures, the amount of rainfall, the river level and during the winter, new snow depth and total snow depth on the ground. She calls in this report religiously to the Indianapolis office at 7:07 am. Over the course of 64 years, Mrs. Everhart has taken well over 23,000 such observations.
Mrs. Everhart has received two Holm Awards and the coveted Jefferson Award for excellence in cooperative weather observing. The Jefferson Award is the highest weather observing honor a cooperative observer can receive. Only 5 persons receive this award in a year.
Mrs. Everhart is long noted in her community for providing river information to local farmers and residents during periods of high water. She routinely relays flood crest information issued by the Indianapolis Weather Office to those that call her. Occasionally she receives calls requesting what the weather was on a certain date at Seymour.
Weather information collected by Mrs. Everhart is used to predict floods and determine local climate. At times, this information is critical to criminal and civil legal matters.
Mrs. Everhart experienced many weather phenomena during her life. The first noteworthy weather event occurred when she was in her teens. The Great Ohio River flood of January 1937 stopped rising right at the edge of her home in Rising Sun, Indiana. This event occurred 10 years before she became the observer at Seymour.
Historical weather events followed her to Seymour. One of the most notable events was the historic snow storm that struck southern Indiana just prior to Christmas in 2004. Mrs. Everhart measured nearly 30 inches at her location and was snowed in for a few days. The most significant weather event of her weather career followed 4 years later. The epic flooding that descended quickly on the Columbus area during June 7, 2008, completely surrounded her home during the early morning of June 8, 2008. Mrs. Everhart was rescued by her sons just prior to the flood’s crest early that Sunday morning.
Since November 1, 1947, Mrs. Everhart has recorded 46 days at Seymour when the temperature reached 100 degrees or higher. The highest temperature she noted was 106 degrees. This occurred on July 14, 1954 and September 3, 1953. The temperature reached 99 degrees on September 3, 2011.
During her weather tenure, the temperature has fallen to 23 degree below zero three times. The first time was January 29, 1963 and on January 17 and 18, 1977. During the frigid month of January 1977, the Ohio River froze over in southern Indiana.
The most rainfall that Mrs. Everhart measured in one day was 5.78 inches on the morning of April 16, 1998. During the same year, she received no measurable rainfall for 38 days from the morning of August 10 through the morning of September 17…the longest dry spell she has observed.
We at the Indianapolis Weather Office congratulate Mrs. Everhart on her outstanding cooperative weather career. She is a remarkable individual and a great example of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers. We are proud that she is one of our observers. She will be 92 years young in December.
Mrs. Everhart's First Monthly Form...November 1947.
Mrs. Everhart's Monthly Form for September 2011.