Pocahontas man receives award from NWS

Pocahontas man receives award from NWS

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man is being awarded for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer program with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service.

Don Waterworth of Pocahontas is a 2016 recipient of the agency's John Campanius Holm Award.

The award is the agency's second most prestigious, according to a press release. It is presented to deserving weather observers from around the country.

NWS Memphis Meteorologist-in-Charge Jim Belles will present the award to Waterworth along with other representatives from NWS.

The ceremony will be Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 511 W. Church St. in Pocahontas.

"Cooperative observers are the bedrock of weather data collection and analysis," Belles said. "Numerous technological breakthroughs have brought great benefits to the nation in terms of better forecasts and warnings, but without the century-long accumulation of accurate weather observations taken by volunteer observers, scientists could not begin to adequately describe the climate of the United States. We cannot thank Mr. Waterworth enough for so many years of service to America."

Data Acquisition Program Manager Zwemer Ingram nominated Waterworth for the award.

Waterworth began collecting data for the Pocahontas weather station in the early 1980s.

He took it over from the Benedictine Sister who had collected weather observations since the weather station was established in 1894.

More than 10,000 volunteer observers across the country participate in this program and provide daily reports to the NWS about temperature, precipitation, and other weather factors.

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