National Weather Service honors Covey for volunteer observation


Larry Covey was recognized by the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service for serving as a volunteer weather observer for 15 years. Photo provided.

Larry Covey has been recognized by the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service for serving as a volunteer weather observer at the Huntington Waterworks plant for 15 years.

Covey's daily observations include the maximum and minimum air temperatures, 24-hour rainfall amounts, 24-hour snowfall amounts, snow depth and snowfall water equivalent.

That information helps paint an aerial picture of how much rain or snow has fallen in the area, says Brentley Lothamer, observation program leader for the National Weather Service.

The information collected by Covey is also used in building a climatic database for the United States.
Covey's records show widely varying amounts of rain and snow in the area.

In 2003, he recorded 11.62 inches of rain for July and a total of 53.41 inches for the year - the highest annual precipitation total he has recorded. The lowest rainfall total, Lothamer says, will be for 2012.

Covey recorded 26.6 inches of snow during December of 2000, and 40.3 inches of snow for the 2002-03 winter season.

The National Weather Service Cooperative Program has volunteer weather observers in all 50 states. The information they collect is used by many industries, including agriculture and transportation.