Cooperative Observer Volunteers Wanted!


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Your Topeka National Weather Service Forecast Office is in need of Observers in the following communities:

  • Colony - (daily precip.)

  • Emmett - (daily precip.)

  • Jamestown - (River Readings as needed)

As a cooperative observer, you would be responsible for collecting daily precipitation, temperature, or river level data for your local community.  You would be responsible for keeping a record of these data, and submitting a monthly report to our forecast office, for archiving in the National Climate Data Center in Washington, D.C. 

Your daily precipitation data is extremely useful for forecasting local flooding, drought monitoring, and river level forecasts.  Precipitation data is also useful for local agricultural interests, drinking water management, construction interests, and many other local projects affected by rainfall.  Local cooperative observers are integral when analyzing localized effects on weather patterns, and help us to create better forecasts for you and your community. 

As a cooperative observer volunteer you would be providing a valuable service for your National Weather Service, and your local community.

If you think you might be interested in becoming a cooperative observer, please send an email to Bill Newman, the data acquisition program manager, for more detailed information.  (email:

We would like to thank all those who have helped us fill much needed observational positions in local communities.  Several local media outlets and agencies have helped us get the word out to local communities for volunteer observers.  In the past couple of months, we have re-established observation stations at the following locations:

  • Wamego

  • Hiawatha

  • Wilsey

  • Neosho Rapids

Once again we would like to thank the volunteers, local media agencies, and local communities for your continued support in helping us maintain a comprehensive weather observation network throughout northeastern Kansas.

If you were looking for the cooperative observer news page, click HERE for current observer program news and special service awards given out to some of our local observers. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.