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Laketown’s Willis recognized for quarter century of service to NOAA

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2013

Gary Wicklund (left), observing program lead at the Weather Forecast Office in Pocatello, Idaho, recently presented the 25-year Length-of-Service Award to E. Mackay Willis. Courtesy photo

LAKETOWN, Utah — E. McKay Willis of Laketown, Utah, has contributed to NOAA’s National Weather Service Cooperative Weather Observations program for over 25 years, according to a recent release. Willis began his observing on Aug. 12, 1987.

“His unselfish and dedicated service in weather observing and weather record-keeping for the community of Laketown and the National Weather Service provides valuable climatic information to the state and the nation,” the release said. “Mr. Willis received his certificate and lapel pin to commemorate the occasion on March 11.”

Across southeastern Idaho and northern Utah, over 60 volunteer weather observers provide valuable weather reports fundamental in assisting the National Weather Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to more accurately predict the climate of the region.

The release noted Willis is among an elite group of people contributing their time to accurately collect weather information used in NWS climate forecasts.

“These superbly dedicated people are part of the National Weather Service’s Cooperative program of nearly 11,000 volunteers,” according to the release. “Many of these observing locations have made a family tradition of collecting daily weather information without interruption for over a century.”

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