Hugh McCoy National Weather Service

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McCoy honored for NWS work; Bulletin contributor records weather data for decade

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Hugh McCoy reads temperature data transmitted from a sensor located in his front yard every morning at 8 a.m. McCoy then records the data and submits it to the National Weather Service to continue a record that was started in 1849 when Fort Croghan was commissioned by the United States. McCoy lives on Hamilton Creek Drive, located on the old grounds of Fort Croghan, making his job as a cooperative observer even more significant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Every morning, Burnet resident Hugh McCoy records weather conditions and daily rainfall for the area at his home on Hamilton Creek Drive, located on the grounds where Fort Croghan once stood.

Weather conditions were regularly monitored from the fort from 1849 until it was decommissioned in 1853, then continued under the U.S. Signal Corps. Recordings were later transferred to the U.S. Weather Bureau, now known as the National Weather Service. The NWS established the Cooperative Observer Program to assist with weather reporting throughout the nation and it continues today, relying on thousands of dedicated individuals like McCoy.

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