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Two Area Cooperative Observers Earn Prestigious Awards

 

LUCERNE RESIDENT AWARDED JOHN CAMPANIUS HOLM AWARD

        Recognizing over 27 years of dedicated service, Mr. Harry King of Lucerne (Thermopolis 9NE), Wyoming, received the John Campanius Holm award on December 11, 2003 from Joe Sullivan (Meteorologist in Charge), and Ralph Estell (Data Acquisition Program Manager) of the National Weather Service Office in Riverton, Wyoming.

        The Holm award is the agency’s second most prestigious, with only 19 presented this year to deserving cooperative weather observers from around the country. This award is to honor cooperative observers for outstanding accomplishments in the field of meteorological observations. It is named for John Companius Holm, a Lutheran minister, the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American Colonies. Reverend Holm made observations of climate without the use of instruments in 1644 and 1645, near the present site of Wilmington, Delaware.

        Mr. King's family has a long history of ranching and observing the local weather conditions in the Lucerne area. Records show that the Kings’ family climate records were used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1940s and 50s. Harry’s older brother Peter King, started with the National Weather Services’ Coop program in 1961, and Harry took over on May 1, 1976. Over 11,000 volunteer cooperative observers participate in this nation wide program, providing daily temperature and precipitation data that creates the backbone of the nations’ climate program.

        During the past 27 years, Harry king has taken and recorded nearly 10,000 daily weather reports. These reports have been used extensively by the University of Wyoming’s Agriculture Extension Service, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and for many regional climate research projects.

        The NWS and the Riverton Weather Service Office congratulate Harry King on this great achievement.


 

Mr. Harry King being presented the John Campanius Holm Award by

Data Acquisition Program Manager, Mr. Ralph Estell (on left) and

Meteorologist in Charge, Mr. Joe Sullivan (on right).    

CODY RESIDENT RECEIVES THE THOMAS JEFFERSON AWARD

        On October 29, 2003, Mr. Robert Bircher, of Cody, Wyoming, was presented the Thomas Jefferson award for over 33 years of distinguished service as a National Weather Service volunteer cooperative observer. The award was presented to Mr. Bircher by Joe Sullivan (Meteorologist in Charge), Ralph Estell (Data Acquisition Program Manager), and Jerry Bush (Cooperative Program Manager) of the National Weather Service office in Riverton, Wyoming.

        This award is to honor cooperative weather observers for unusual and outstanding achievements in the field of meteorological observations. It is the highest award the NWS presents to volunteer observers. The award is named for Thomas Jefferson, third president of the US, who took an almost unbroken series of weather observations between 1776 and 1816. No more than five Jefferson awards are given annually. To be eligible for the Jefferson award, a candidate must have received the Holm award at least five years prior, and must still be performing her or his duties in an outstanding manner. Mr. King was awarded the Holm award in 1998.

        Mr. Bircher started observing in May 1970 with the Cody Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) office. After retiring in 1987, he moved the observation site to his residence, where over the past 33 years he has taken and recorded nearly 13,000 daily weather reports. Over 11,000 volunteer cooperative observers participate in this nation wide program, providing daily temperature and precipitation data that creates the backbone of the nations’ climate program. Mr. Bircher’s reports are used extensively by a number of federal and state agencies for climate research projects involving Yellowstone National Park, as well as nearby National Forests.

        Mr. Bircher and his wife (Millie) have a long history of community involvement within the Cody area. During the last 15 years they have been active volunteers with the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center near Cody.

        The National Weather Service and the Riverton Weather Service Office congratulates Robert for this great achievement.

 

Mr. Robert Bircher being presented the Thomas Jefferson Award by

Hydrometeorological Technician, Mr. Jerry Bush (on left),

Meteorologist in Charge, Mr. Joe Sullivan (2nd from left),

and Data Acquisition Program Manager, Mr. Ralph Estell

(on right).

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