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Couple honored by NWS

Special to The Hays Daily News

RANSOM -- Bill and Barbara Schreiber, cooperative weather observers at Ransom, were presented with a 25-year length of service award this month by Larry Ruthi, meteorologist-in-charge for the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

Bill is the primary observer and Barbara is the backup for the Ransom station. They have recorded precipitation data since 1988.

The family has been taking observations for the last 55 years. The station was started in 1946 by Ira Shellenberger. Fred Yost, Barbara's uncle, took over in 1958. After he died in 1975, Barbara's father, Ulrich, became the primary observer in January 1976. Bill Schreiber took over the observing duties in 1988.

The National Weather Service's Cooperative Weather Observer Program has given scientists and researchers continuous observational data since the program's inception more than a century ago. Today, approximately 10,000 volunteer observers participate in the national program to provide daily reports on temperature, precipitation and other factors such as snow depth, river levels and soil temperature.

Satellites, high-speed computers, mathematical models and other 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 dedicated volunteer observers, scientists could not begin to adequately describe the climate of the United States.