The cooperative station is the site where weather observations are taken by volunteers from private citizens, institutions, and local, state and federal government agencies. Observers are not required to take tests. Also, automated observing sites can be considered at a cooperative weather site, if the data it provides is used for services that otherwise could be collected by an observer.
Equipment that the observers use to gather weather information is provided and maintained by the NWS. Once the data is gathered, the observer has the option to record the data on a form and at the beginning of each month, mail the form to the supervising NWS Office. Or, the observer has the option to input the data through the internet using a program called WXCODER and then print out the monthly data for their records while the NWS Office can go to the WXCODER website and download and print the monthly data. Once the data has been quality controlled at the NWS Office, it is then sent along to the National Climatic Data Center where it is entered into the national climatological database.
The climatic data are used in every aspect of our national economy. This includes:
4.Natural Hazards Mitigation
7.Public utilities, and much, much more…
Data gathered by cooperative observers, plays a vital role in the continuing education on floods, droughts, heat and cold waves, which play an important role in our day to day lives.
If volunteering 5 to 10 minutes per day to your country and fellow citizens, and become a cooperative weather observer, please contact Deanna Lindstrom, Observation Program Leader, at the National Weather Service Office in Paducah, Kentucky at (270) 744-6440 ext 675 or at firstname.lastname@example.org