WFO Topeka KS hosted a Cooperative Observer Open House on Sept. 3rd. The event was held to recognize the importance of the Cooperative Observer Program to the NWS and the general public. Coop observers provide invaluable data that is used in many products produced by the NWS. The observers were treated to a BBQ and tours of the NWS office.
Lowell R. Jones, Fostoria 7 NW observer, was specifically recognized as a 2009 Edward H. Stoll and John Campanius Holm award winner. The Edward H. Stoll award is given to cooperative weather observers who have completed 50 years of service. The John Campanius Holm award is an honor bestowed cooperative observers for outstanding accomplishments in the field of meteorological observations.
To learn more about the Cooperative Observer Program, click here.
Below are some of the pictures from the event.
Above: NWS staff and coop observers meet and greet.
Above: Coop observers line up for the food.
Above: Lead forecaster John Woynick mans the grill.
Above: Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chad Omitt demonstrates the NOAA All Hazards Radio.
Above: Data Acquisition Program Manager Bill Newman (center, standing) recognizes the contributions of the coop observers.