Citizen Weather Observer Program
During the recent cold air outbreak in the eastern part of the country, data from the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) were put to good use at the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Melbourne, Florida.
A senior NOAA meteorologist from NWS reports, "We have been using your temperature observations during the recent freeze or near-freeze conditions. For example, we have compiled your minimum temperatures each of the last three mornings and used them for forecast verification, in addition to our "official" observation sites at area airports. Since we release this information to the media and others, you may even see or hear your observation mentioned by a TV weather-person. Thanks again for your great work and keep those observations coming!!!"
CWOP is a group of about approximately one thousand citizen weather observers that furnish and maintain their own weather stations and provide data to NOAA via the Internet and amateur radio. The data are ingested, quality-checked, and sent to government and educational institutions by the FSL Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) program. More information is available at the CWOP Web page. Further information can be obtained from the following NOAA employees: Russell B. Chadwick, Patricia A. Miller, or David Helms.
Name: Russell B Chadwick