The National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Riverton is looking for volunteers to take over the weather observing duties for the LaBarge and Cora COOP weather observing sites (in eastern Lincoln County and north central Sublette counties respectively). The current observers are retiring and we are searching for volunteers living near these sites 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 observers would take a daily observation of high and low temperatures, rainfall and snowfall and submit that to the NWS. All equipment (see pictures below), materials, and training will be provided by the NWS. If you have a little time, a computer with internet access, some open land for the instruments, have an interest in the environment around you, and live in the LaBarge or Cora areas please call the NWS Riverton office at 1-800-211-1448 or e-mail Ralph Estell (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.