David Zavadil, KE0ZF, Honored by National Weather Service

David Zavadil, KE0ZF, Honored by National Weather Service

Post by ARRL Members Only Web sit » Wed, 29 Sep 2010 22:14:21

Dave Theophilus, W?NRW, informs me that David Zavadil, KE?ZF, is being
honored by the National Weather Service for 22 years of outstanding
service to the volunteer weather observer program.  He will be
receiving the John Campanius Hom Award.  Only 26 such awards are being
presented this year and it is the NWS's second-most prestigious award.

Here is the press release:

Recognizing 22 years of dedication, NOAAs National Weather Service
has named Crofton, Neb., resident David Zavadil a 2010 recipient of the
agencys John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service in the
Cooperative Weather Observer program. The award is the agencys
second-most prestigious, and only 26 are presented this year to
deserving cooperative weather observers from around the country.

Governor Dave Heineman and Meteorologist in Charge of the Omaha office,
Jim Meyer will present the award during the Winter Weather Awareness
proclamation signing ceremony at the state capitol on October 6th.
Observations program manager Terry Landsvork of the Omaha office
nominated Zavadil for the award.

        Zavadil began service at the Crofton observing site Aug. 11, 1988,
reporting daily temperature and precipitation data, including snowfall,
snow depth and water equivalent to the forecast office. He also provides
wind reports and daily soil temperature data and is an amateur radio
operator. Zavadils reports have provided important data to NOAA
forecasters and hydrologists and climate scientists. Over the years, he
has provided more than 8,000 daily reports to the National Weather

        The first extensive network of cooperative stations was set up in the
1890s as a result of an 1890 act of Congress that established the U.S.
Weather Bureau.  Many of the stations have even longer histories.  John
Campanius Holms weather records, taken without benefit of instruments
in 1644 and 1645, are the earliest known recorded observations in the
United States.

Congratulations David!

73, Art K?AIZ

ARRL Nebraska Section
Section Manager: Arthur I Zygielbaum, K0AIZ