For the past 50 years, John and Jean Linn of Elm Springs, SD have been recording weather observations for the National Weather Service as volunteers in the Cooperative Observation Program. Every morning, including holidays and despite the weather, John or Jean checks and records the temperature and precipitation data. These weather observations are then sent to the National Weather Service in Rapid City where they are disseminated to the media and public throughout the country. Their data is then archived to create a climatological database for Elm Springs. John took over this important task from his father who was the original weather observer for Elm Spring between 1945 and 1961.
On June 3, 2011 a ceremony was held to honor John and Jean for their dedication in continuing this tradition of providing outstanding weather observations for Elm Springs. John was presented with the Edward H Stoll Award. This award was created in 1975 and is given to observers who complete 50 years of continuous weather observations. This award is named after Mr. Edward H. Stoll who was an observer at Elwood, NE for over 76 years.
Below are photographs from the award ceremony to honor John and Jean Linn of Elm Springs, SD, who are also celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this week.