Ethal M. Jordan

Recognizing 47 years of service to America, NOAA's National Weather Service has named Hamilton resident Ethal M. Jordan a 2004 recipient of the agency's John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service in the Cooperative Weather Observer Program.

The award is the agency's second most prestigious and only 26 are presented this year to deserving cooperative weather observers from around the country. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Cooperative observers are the bedrocks of weather data collection and analysis," said retired Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of NOAA's National Weather Service. "Satellites, high-speed computers, mathematical models and other technological breakthroughs have brought great benefits to the nation in terms of better forecasts and warnings. But, without the century-long accumulation of accurate weather observations taken by volunteer observers, scientists could not begin to adequately describe the climate of the United States. We cannot thank Ms. Jordan enough for her years of service to America."

Douglas Crowley, meteorologist in charge of NOAA's Grand Junction weather forecast office presented the award during an Aug. 21 ceremony at the Hamilton Community Center. Program Manager Becky Klenk of the Grand Junction office nominated Jordan for the award.

Jordan established the Hamilton station April 1, 1957, reporting daily precipitation data to the NWS.

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