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Cooperative Observer Background


Becoming a Cooperative Observer
  • Becoming an NWS Cooperative Observer volunteer requires the following:
  1. Dedication to public service
  2. Attention to detail
  3. Ability to lean and perform daily duties
  4. Willingness to allow NWS to place measuring instruments on your property
  5. Willingness to allow at least one visit per year from an NWS representative
  • Additionally, the following capabilities are useful but are not mandatory:
  1. Ownership of a personal computer with modem and familiarity with its basic uses
  2. Established internet access
  • If you are selected to become an official NWS Cooperative Station, the NWS will provide you with the training and supervision you will need to perform your duties. Depending on your stations instrumentation, your site will be visited once or twice every 12 months, and more often if unscheduled maintenance or training updates are required.
  • If you are interested in becoming an NWS Cooperative Observer in the NWS Omaha County Warning Area, please contact Joni Brand, Observations Program Leader at the NWS Omaha office, or call the office at (402) 359-5166.
Cooperative Observer Reports
Cooperative Forms
  • B23: CCooperative Station Inspection: PDF and Word
  • WS Form 10-13-3 (formerly B-24):
    Rating Sheet for Cooperative Station Observer Awards: PDF and Word
  • B30: Cooperative Agreement with Observer: PDF and Word
  • B43: Request for Establishment or Change in Status of Cooperative Station: PDF and Word
  • B91: Record of River and Climatological Observations: PDF, Word
  • B92: Record of Evaporation and Climatological Observations: PDF and Word
  • Official Cooperative Observer Site Form: PDF and Word