John Ey Receives Prestigious Award

John Ey, Superintendent of the Florida Water Conservancy District, was nominated and received the prestigious John Campanius Holm award from the National Weather Service (NWS) on September 17th. John has been an observer for NWS for more than 30 years as part of their Cooperative Observer Program (COOP). The COOP is the NWS’s weather and climate observing network with more than 11,000 cooperative observers in the U.S.The COOP was formally created in 1890 under the Organic Act, which established the Weather Bureau. Many COOP stations were operating long before then. John Campanius Holm's weather records, taken without the benefit of instruments in 1644-45, were the earliest known observations in the United States. One of the most prestigious awards given to Cooperative Weather Observers is named after Holm, with only 25 awarded annually. John is one of the recipients of that award. Congratulations John!