Recognizing 50 years of dedication, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) will present Wakefield, Nebraska resident, Paul Burman with the agency’s Edward H. Stoll award for five decades of outstanding service in the cooperative weather observer program. This national award is named for a Nebraskan that provided continuous daily weather reports for 76 years in Elwood, Nebraska.
Mr. Burman’s record of outstanding service to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has previously been recognized with the organization’s two prestigious competitive awards. In 1978 he received the John Campanius Holm award for outstanding accomplishments in the field of meteorological observations. The Thomas Jefferson award, NOAA’s most prestigious award, was presented to him in 1987. Paul Burman is one of about 11,000 cooperative weather observers nationwide.
Greg Harmon, Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS office in Sioux Falls and Jim Meyer, Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS office in Omaha will present the award to Mr. Burman in Wakefield on November 9th.
Mr. Burman’s retirement will create an opportunity for the next volunteer to step in and contribute important weather information for the Wakefield area. A continuous string of once daily reports started in 1894 with J.H. Weaver’s first report on September 1st. Any interested individual within 5 miles of Wakefield is encouraged to contact the NWS office in Valley, Nebraska by e-mail at: W-OAX.WEBMASTER.GOV