Local Citizen Receives John Campanious Holm Award
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City Georgia had the honor of presenting Sautee Georgia Cooperative Weather Observer and local weather historian Bill Kinsland, with the John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service in the field of weather observations. The award was presented in front of the White County Board of Commissioners, members of Bill's family, and local residents.
Lans Rothfusz, Meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, attended this week's county commission meeting to make multiple presentations to Kinsland. Two additional awards were given to Kinsland. Rothfusz awarded Kinsland with a 20 year length-of-service award and a certification of completion of a local weather Severe Spotter SKYWARN Class.
The John Campanius Holm Award was named for the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the colonies. Holm made weather observations, without the aid of instruments, in 1644 and 1645 near the present site of Wilmington, Delaware. He is considered by some to be the first weatherman in America.
The awards is presented to no more than 25 Cooperative Weather Observers across the country each year.