The National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Riverton is looking for someone to take over the weather observing duties for the Hamilton Dome area COOP weather observing site (currently known as 25 miles West-Northwest of Thermopolis. The longtime observers Joe and Barbara Campbell are retiring after 51 years of service and we are searching for someone living near their site to take over. The NWS COOP program consists of more than 11,000 volunteers taking observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, National Parks, seashores, and mountain tops. COOP observational data directly supports the NWS climate program and field operations. The mission of the COOP program is to provide observational meteorological data to help measure long-term climate changes, and to provide observational meteorological data in near real-time to support forecast, warning and other public service programs of the NWS.
The volunteer observer would be required to take a daily observation of high and low temperatures, rainfall and snowfall and submit that to the NWS. All equipment, materials, and training will be provided by the NWS. If you have a little time, a computer with internet access, a little open land for the instruments, have an interest in the environment around you and live south of the Hamilton Dome area, on or near the Owl Creek in western Hot Springs County, please call the NWS Riverton office at 1-800-211-1448 or e-mail Ralph Estell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.