"From its inception, the National Weather Service has relied heavily on cooperative weather observers for establishment and maintenance of the nation's climatic database. It follows that appointing, training, and keeping good observers is a very high priority."
NWS Cooperative Observer (COOP) Basics
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Local Cooperative Weather Observer Awards
"Over the years, a method of selecting and rewarding observers for excellence in observing, recording and reporting weather data has evolved into the Cooperative Weather Observer Awards Program."
Thomas Jefferson Award
This award (shown above) was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, our third president, who kept an almost unbroken series of weather records from 1776 to 1816. The Thomas Jefferson Award is the most prestigious award for the cooperative weather observer. Only five cooperative weather observers are honored each year with the Jefferson Award for outstanding and distinctive achievements. All candidates for the award are required to have been a recipient of the Holm Award five or more years before the date the nomination form is submitted for the Jefferson Award.
To see Thomas Jefferson Award recipients from the Shreveport National Weather Service Office click here.
John Campanius Holm Award
This award (shown above) was named in honor of John Campanius Holm, a Lutheran minister who was the first person recognized to have taken systematic weather observations in the American Colonies (1644-1645). Each year, 25 cooperative weather observers nationwide are honored with the John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding accomplishments in the field of cooperative weather observations.
To see John Holm Award recipients from the Shreveport National Weather Service Office click here.
Honored Institution Awards
Honored Institution awards are given to Cooperative Observation institutions such as police departments, fire stations, paper mills and universities where observations have been taken for a minimum of 25 years. During that period, different individual observers have taken weather observations. Awards can be granted at 25, 50, 75 and even 100 years.
To see Honored Institution Award recipients from the Shreveport National Weather Service Office click here.
Length of Service Awards
As with full time employees, the NWS presents cooperative observers with length of service emblems every five years, starting at ten years to 50 years of service.
To see Length of Service Award recipients from the Shreveport National Weather Service Office click here.