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Cooperative Observer Program

 

A map showing cooperative observer sites within our county warning area.

The location of our climate and hourly precipitation sites are indicated by red circles. Our river gauge sites are shown as blue squares.

 

This page is presented to honor the National Weather Service's Cooperative Weather Observers.

The 11,700 Cooperative Weather Observers across the United States, including those in the Weather Service Forecast Office, Tallahassee area, net the public more per dollar expended than any other government service in the world. Cooperative Weather Observers donate more than a million hours each year to obtain weather data. Observers provide the precious stream of weather information that we need to forecast the weather, issue weather warnings, and record the climates of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson envisioned a nationwide network of weather observers as early as 1797, when he outlined a plan for providing weather instruments to someone in every county of Virginia, so that a regular statewide record might be maintained.

A plan of this kind was not established until almost 100 years later when, in 1891, the Weather Bureau was charged with the task of "taking such meteorological observations as may be necessary to establish and record the climatic conditions of the United States." In compliance with these directions, the Weather Bureau relied heavily, as it does to this day, on voluntary Cooperative Observers.

Cooperative Weather Observers come from all walks of life; they may be farmers, ranchers, lawyers, storekeepers, ministers, teachers, construction workers, and retirees. Organizations such as radio and television stations, schools, and public utilities are also examples of places that may maintain a Cooperative Weather Station.

To learn more about the Cooperative Observer Program, click here.

On behalf of the National Weather Service personnel in Tallahassee we would like to say THANK YOU to all of our cooperative observers!

Cooperative Weather Stations
COOP ID
Station Name
County
Year Began
Equipment
Network
01-0008 Abbeville, Al Henry 05/01/98 F/P, S B
01-2377 Dothan, Al  Houston  03/01/72 F/P B
01-2675 Enterprise, Al  Coffee 10/01/77 F/P, M, S AB
01-3251 Geneva, Al Geneva 05/01/64 M, S, A
01-3761 Headland, Al  Henry 04/01/50 S AB
01-5875 Newton, Al  Dale 05/12/54 W B
08-0211 Apalachicola, Fl Franklin 10/01/95 M, S AB
08-1388 Caryville, Fl Washington 02/01/96 S, W B
08-1544 Chipley 1W, Fl  Washington 03/25/95 M, S AB
08-2008 Cross City 2WNW  Dixie 03/01/65 F/P, M, S AB
08-2220 DeFuniak Springs, Fl Walton 07/25/90 M, S A
08-2391 Dowling Park 1W, Fl  Lafayette 06/01/72 F/P, S B
08-3538 Graceville 1SW, Fl  Jackson  07/21/87 F/P B
08-6842 Madison, Fl Madison 11/01/94 M, S A
08-5377 Marianna, 7NE, Fl  Jackson 07/01/74 M, S C
08-5539 Mayo, Fl  Lafayette 04/01/71 M,S A
08-5879 Monticello 3W, Fl Jefferson 02/01/64 F/P, M, S AB
08-6842 Panama City 5NE, Fl Bay 12/01/71 F/P, M, S AB
08-7025 Perry, Fl  Taylor 01/01/57 M, S A
08-7429 Quincy 3SSW, Fl Gadsden 04/01/64 M, S AB
08-8565 Steinhatchee 6ENE, Fl  Dixie 04/01/62 M, S A
08-9415 Wausau, Fl Washington 04/23/72 F/P B
08-9566 Wewahitchka, Fl  Gulf 07/01/77 M, S A
08-9795 Woodruff Dam, Fl  Gadsden 06/10/52 F/P B
09-0140 Albany 3SE, Ga Dougherty 10/01/95 M, S AB
09-0406 Ashburn  Turner 02/01/80 M, S A
09-0979 Blakely, Ga  Early 12/03/99 M, S A
09-1463 Cairo 3Se, Ga  Grady 05/01/88 M, S B
09-1500 Camilla 3SE, Ga Mitchell 02/01/60 M, S AB
09-2153 Colquitt 2W, Ga Miller 03/01/63 M, S A
09-2450 Cuthbert, Ga Randolf 04/01/45 M, S A
09-3028 Edison, Ga  Calhoun  08/01/82 F/P B
09-6087 Moultrie 2ESE, Ga  Colquitt 01/01/54 M, S  A
09-6244 Nashville 4N, Ga  Berrien 12/01/87 M, S A
09-8666 Thomasville 3NE, Ga  Thomas 06/01/68 M, S A
09-8703 Tifton Exp Station, Ga  Tift 01/01/57 M, S AB
09-8974 Valdosta, Ga  Lowndes 04/24/97 F/P B
           
Stations in the table above that are shaded and in italics have been in service for at least 40 years!

Equipment   (C) Cotton Region Shelter, (S) Standard 8" Rain Gauge, (M) Max. Min Digital Display, (F/P) Fisher Porter Rain Gauge, (TB) Tipping Bucket, (W) Wire Weight Gauge, (U) Universal Rain Gauge

Networks
(A)  The "a" network is the basic climatic network of the NWS. Data are used to describe the climate of the U.S. The network is based on a grid system (25 statute miles by 25 statute miles) with one station per grid box. At a minimum, "a" network stations must observer 24-hour precipitation totals. Many also report maximum and minimum temperatures.

(B)  Cooperative stations are placed in the "b" network if their observations are used primarily to support NWS hydrologic programs, such as flood forecasting, hydrologic planning and water supply. Stations nearly always report 24-hour precipitation, and many include river stage or lake level. A few report maximum and minimum temperatures and the water equivalent of snow on the ground. A few stations record evaporation, and soil temperature.

(AB)  Cooperative stations that support both the climatological and hydrological programs of the NWS are referred to as being in the "ab" network. They generally have the responsibilities of "a" and "b" network stations combined.

(C)  Cooperative stations are placed in the "c" network if they support meteorological programs of the NWS, such as the issuance of warnings, forecasts and public service. These stations maintain the same type of observations and equipment that the other networks do.

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