New Hope & Golden Valley Co-op Weather Observers Honored for 45+ Years of Service

The National Weather Service was honored to present two Twin Cities Cooperative Weather Observers with awards for 45+ years of dedicated service.

Steve Reckers: New Hope, Minnesota - 45 Years of Service

Steve Reckers, Cooperative Weather Observer for New Hope, has taken 24-hour observations of temperature and precipitation in his backyard every night at 10:30 PM since 1968.  During his 45 years of volunteer service, he has recorded over 16,400 observations, all of which are permanently archived as a treasured part of Minnesota's weather history at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina and at the Minnesota State Climatology Office in St. Paul. 

Steve was presented with the Dick Hagemeyer Award for serving over 45 years as a Cooperative Weather Observer during this year's Kuehnast Lecture at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus.   Pictured below sitting left to right are Steve's wife Sue, Steve, and Dan Luna, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities, who presented Steve with his award.


"Steve is one of our most accurate and dependable observers, and we are lucky to have him in the National Weather Service Cooperative network," said Michelle Margraf, Observing Program Leader at the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. "His contributions will continue to benefit the New Hope area and the state of Minnesota for generations to come."

Some of Steve's most memorable weather events:

  • The famous Halloween Blizzard of 1991, when he recorded 22.9" inches of windswept snow over a 4-day period
  • A torrential rainstorm on July 23rd and 24th of 1987 that dropped 7.43" of rain and led to the worst flooding in recent memory
  • Groundhog Day in 1996, when he recorded New Hope's record low temperature of -33 degrees by reading a liquid-in-glass thermometer in his backyard


City of Golden Valley, Minnesota - 50 Years of Service

The City of Golden Valley has partnered with the National Weather Service to record precipitation since April of 1963.  The rain gauge has been read by several different staff members over the years, most notably Paul Olson, who retired in 2010 after working for the city of 42 years. 

Using a Fischer Porter rain gauge, they have provided hourly precipitation data for over 50 years, including over 438,000 individual observations.  These reports have been used by countless state, local, and national agencies which need precipitation data that includes hourly resolution. 

It is a treasured resource to have a continuous precipitation record from the same area over a period of 50 years, and this data will continue to be a valued timeline of Minnesota's precipitation history. 

Thank you to the City of Golden Valley for providing this important data!




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