Volunteer Weather Observer Wanted in Covington, LA and Amite, LA

A volunteer cooperative (CO-OP) weather observer is needed in both Covington, LA and Amite, LA. A CO-OP observer is the official National Weather Service (NWS) weather observer for a community. The new observer will become a member of one of the National Weather Service’s nationwide volunteer networks. All CO-OP observers nationwide take and record precipitation (both rain and snow) readings and some take temperature readings as well. The observers in Covington and Amite will be asked to take both temperature and precipitation observations. The data provided by these dedicated individuals are critical to the mission of the NWS as it establishes the climate history of the area. The data for these sites go back more than 100 years!  It is imperative that we keep these climate records going.  Please click here for more detailed information on the NWS Cooperative Observer Program.

The persons we seek for these volunteer positions:

  • Should be extremely detail oriented
  • Will be relied upon to record daily readings between 7AM-8AM of temperature and precipitation (rain and snow)
  • Will need internet access to transmit the daily reports via a NWS website
  • Will need ample space to place equipment that will not be completely blocked by obstructions and be willing to allow for wire install into home/business 

Training and equipment will be furnished and maintained by the National Weather Service.

If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the Cooperative observer program, please call us at:

(504) 522-7330 or (985) 645-0899 anytime (24/7) and ask to speak to Shawn O'Neil.
You can also send an email to shawn.oneil@noaa.gov

Here are some images to show what the equipment will look like:

Max Min Temp Sensor

NWS standard rain gauge

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