Water Bureau water treatment operator (right) accepts the prestigious award from Acting Meteorologist-in-Charge Tyree Wilde (left).
On January 15, Portland Water Bureau water treatment operations staff at Headworks were presented with a Length of Service Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) for maintaining weather records for the last 125 years.
The award was presented by Tyree Wilde, the Acting Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Portland Weather Forecast Office.
The Water Bureau is one of the few remaining charter members of the NWS Cooperative Observing Program (Coop), taking daily weather reports from the beginning of the program in 1889. The Coop is a network of more than 9,000 volunteer observers across the United States who provide critical weather information that forms the backbone of this nation’s climate observations.
Reports consist of precipitation amounts as well as maximum and minimum temperatures for the date. Long, continuous observation records provide an accurate picture of a locale’s weather patterns and give climatologists and others a basis on which to predict future trends.