2007 Holm Award
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2007 Holm Award
National Weather Service State College, PA presents
Elizabeth Woomer with the 2007 John Campanius Holm Award

Recognizing over 30 years of dedication, NOAA's National Weather Service has named Sinnemahoning, Pennsylvania resident Elizabeth Woomer (pictured second from left) as a 2007 recipient of the agency's John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program. At a ceremony held on November 8, Bruce Budd, Meteorologist-In-Charge NWS State College (pictured on the left) and Paul Head, Cooperative Program Manager NWS State College (third from the left) presented the award to Elizabeth. Emerson Woomer (pictured on the right) accompanied his mother. The award is the agency's second most prestigious and only 25 are presented each year to cooperative weather observers from around the country.

Also present at the ceremony was Joe Fadden, (pictured on the right in the second picture), Senior Field Representative to Congressman John E. Peterson of the 5th District. Joe presented Elizabeth with a letter from Congressman Peterson, honoring her for being named the 2007 John Campanius Holm Award Winner. Victor Cruz, Observing Program Leader NWS State College (not pictured), presented Elizabeth with a 30 Year Length of Service Pin.

Elizabeth has provided daily precipitation readings of rain and snow in Sinnemahoning Pennsylvania since 1976. She was honored with the Holm Award not only due to her longevity of service but more so for providing accurate and legible weather observations for over three decades.

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, some 11,700 volunteer observers participate in the nationwide program to provide daily reports on temperature, precipitation and other weather factors such as snow depth, river levels and soil temperature.

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 Holm's weather records, taken without benefit of instruments in 1644 and 1645, were the earliest known recorded observations in the United States.
Pictured left to right - Bruce Budd, Elizabeth Woomer, Paul Head, and Emerson Woomer
Pictured left to right - Bruce Budd, Elizabeth Woomer, Paul Head, and Emerson Woomer

Pictured left to right - Paul Head, Elizabeth Woomer, Emerson Woomer, and Joe Fadden
Pictured left to right - Paul Head, Elizabeth Woomer, Emerson Woomer, and Joe Fadden

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