NWS Birmingham Recognizes Co-Op Observers for their Dedicated Service
 

Recently, the National Weather Service in Birmingham was proud to recognize two of our Cooperative Weather Observers with very distinguished awards. The National Weather Service Coop Program has over 11,000 volunteers across the country. These observers take observations on farms, urban and suburban areas, National Parks, seashores, as well as mountaintops across the United States. These observations are vital to the climatological record, and they provide invaluable information when it comes to learning more about floods, droughts, and heat/cold waves that affect all of us. In the National Weather Service Birmingham County Warning Area, approximately 100 volunteer Cooperative Observers record temperature and precipitation daily and send those reports back to our office. We then send that information to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) to be included in the official climate record. Two observers in our area, Mr. James B. Price and Mr. Eddie Pierce, have been recognized with distinguished awards for their dedication in recording a combined 110 years worth of weather observations at their observing sites!

What is the NWS Cooperative Observer Program?

 

Mr. James B. Price - Helmut E. Landsberg Award

Mr. James B. Price, Cooperative Observer in Pinson (Jefferson County) has been awarded the Helmut E. Landsberg Award, which is granted to an observer for 60 consecutive years of service.  Mr. Price began recording weather observations in 1951, and has continuously sent his information to the National Weather Service in Birmingham on a daily basis.  The NWS appreciates the dedication that Mr. Price has shown and continues to show, and is very grateful that he has given a good majority of his life towards the passion of recording weather observations.

Pictured Right, from Left to Right:  Meteorologist-In-Charge Jim Stefkovich, Maymie Brennan, Mr. James B. Price, and Observing Program Leader Kristina Sumrall.

 Mr. James B. Price Receives Helmut E. Landsberg Award
 
 Mr. Eddie Pierce Recieves Edward H. Stoll Award

Mr. Eddie Pierce - Edward H. Stoll Award

Mr. Eddie Pierce, Cooperative Observer in Hamilton (Marion County) has been awarded the Edward H. Stoll Award, which is granted to an observer for 50 consecutive years of service.  Mr. Pierce began his weather observations in 1961, and continues to send valuable weather information to the NWS on a daily basis. NWS Birmingham is very appreciative and grateful for Mr. Pierce's continued devotion as a Cooperative Observer.


Pictured Left, from Left to Right:  Mr. Eddie Pierce and Observing Program Leader Kristina Sumrall.

 

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