National Weather Service Honors Crofton, Neb., Resident
For Outstanding Service to Volunteer Weather Observer Program
Recognizing 22 years of dedication, NOAA’s National Weather Service has named Crofton, Neb., resident David Zavadil a 2010 recipient of the agency’s John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer program. The award is the agency’s second-most prestigious, and only 26 are presented this year to deserving cooperative weather observers from around the country.
Governor Dave Heineman and Meteorologist in Charge of the Omaha office, Jim Meyer will present the award during the Winter Weather Awareness proclamation signing ceremony at the state capitol on October 6th. Observations program manager Terry Landsvork of the Omaha office nominated Zavadil for the award.
Zavadil began service at the Crofton observing site Aug. 11, 1988, reporting daily temperature and precipitation data, including snowfall, snow depth and water equivalent to the forecast office. He also provides wind reports and daily soil temperature data and is an amateur radio operator. Zavadil’s reports have provided important data to NOAA forecasters and hydrologists and climate scientists. Over the years, he has provided more than 8,000 daily reports to the National Weather Service.
The first extensive network of cooperative stations was set up in the 1890s as a result of an 1890 act of Congress that established the U.S. Weather Bureau. Many of the stations have even longer histories. John Campanius Holm’s weather records, taken without benefit of instruments in 1644 and 1645, are the earliest known recorded observations in the United States.