|50 Years of CPM Service|
Pictured below, HMT Jim Bolden presents Mr. Charles Kelly of Camilla, GA the Holm Award on the steps of the Camilla Courthouse. Mr. Kelly is being recognized for outstanding service in observing and reporting precipitation from Camilla, GA. His consistent and reliable records span 50 years and contribute to a record that began in Camilla in October 1889.
The Holm Award was created in 1959 as a way for the National Weather Service to honor the coooperative weather observers for outstanding accomplishments in the field of meteorological observations. It is named for a Lutheran minister, John Campanius Holm, the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American Colonies. Reverend Holm made observations of climate without the use of instruments in 1644 and 1645 near the present site of Wilmington, DE. In later years his son had the records published. No more than 25 of these awards are given annually.