Published On: Thu, May 1st, 2014

Yost honored with 35-year service certificate from NWS

Bob Yost gets weather award

COLERIDGE — Terry Landwvork, of the National Weather Services (NWS) office in Omaha, presented Robert Yost, Coleridge, with a 35-year service certificate to commemorate the time he has spent providing important weather information to the NWS and numerous other state and local agencies.

Yost uses a solar-powered, weighing precipitation gauge to document daily precipitation amounts. Every 15 minutes, the gauge measures the amount of precipitation that has fallen, and at the end of each month, he downloads the data onto a flash drive and mails it to the NWS office in Valley. The data is quality controlled and then forwarded to the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., to be archived with weather observations from across the country.

The data provided by cooperative observers is used extensively by the National Weather Service, Corps of Engineers, State Climatologists and numerous others in the public and private sectors. It eventually becomes a permanent part of the climatic record for the local area. Cooperative weather observers record a variety of weather elements, such as precipitation, temperature, river water level, soil temperatures, evaporation and severe weather.

There are over 300 official volunteer cooperative weather observers in the state and nearly 11,000 nationwide. Observers are located at private residences, ranches, farms, municipal facilities, utilities, dams, parks, game refuges, radio states, and many other locations.

The National Weather Service greatly appreciates this service and extends its thanks to Yost for a job well done.

The service award consists of a framed certificate and a lapel pin.