National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

A volunteer Cooperative (COOP) Weather Observer is needed in Pontiac, IL. A COOP observer is the official National Weather Service  (NWS)  weather observer for a community. The new observer will become a member of one of the National Weather Service’s nationwide volunteer networks. All COOP observers nationwide take and record precipitation (both rain and snow) readings, and some take temperature readings in addition to the precipitation readings. The observer in Pontiac will take both observations. 


The data provided by these dedicated individuals are critical to the mission of the NWS as it establishes the climate history of the area. The data for Pontiac goes back to 1887!!   Click  HERE for more detailed information on the NWS Cooperative Observer Program.


The person we seek must be detail oriented, with a commitment and ability to take, record and transmit, via the internet, daily weather observations. Training and equipment will be furnished and maintained by the National Weather Service.


If you would like to be considered as a candidate for the Cooperative observer, please send an email to