US Rep Bart Gordon Presents Holm Award

U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon Presents Holm Award


On Friday Evening, January 15, 2010, U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon and the National Weather Service honored Bethpage,TN resident Debbie Spero for receiving the John Campanius Holm Award in recognition of her dedication in providing 25 years of weather data to the NWS.

Spero is one of the NWS’ 11,000 volunteer cooperative observers across the nation, but the agency gives out no more than 25 awards each year.  To be eligible for the award, an observer must have actively participated in the program for at least 20 years.  Spero has been participating since 1985.

The National Weather Service’s Cooperative Observer Program relies on the assistance of volunteers to report daily weather and precipitation data to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Those reports are used to document local climate and used by local NWS officials to verify forecasts, precipitation patterns and warnings.

The award is named for John Campanius Holm, a Lutheran minister in Delaware, who recorded observations of the local weather twice a day during 1644 and 1645.  He is the first known person to have kept such observations.

Any questions or comments may be directed to Ralph Troutman at 615-754-4633.

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