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NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, presented the John Campanius Holm Award to veteran weather observer N.A. “Turk” Baz of Jamestown, Tenn. Each year, the prestigious Holm Award is presented to 25 people who have performed exceptional volunteer service as a weather observer. Baz will be honored November 19 in a ceremony at the studios of WDEB- AM/FM Radio in Jamestown.
“Baz and the other recipients all share a common bond of dedication to their communities, the NOAA National Weather Service and the nation,” said Bill Proenza, director of the NOAA National Weather Service, Southern Region. “Their commitment to excellence in the performance of their observation duties is worthy of special recognition.”
Since becoming a cooperative observer a little over 20 years ago, Baz has provided timely and accurate weather data to the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Nashville. Throughout the entire period, he never missed reporting his daily observations - even during the most extreme weather conditions.
More than just a cooperative observer, Baz is considered a full partner of the NOAA National Weather Service. As the owner of local radio station WDEB, he is an active partner in providing critical weather information to the residents of Jamestown and Fentress County. During the tornado outbreaks of (April) 1998 and (November) 2002, his radio station provided constant coverage - relaying watches and warnings in the midst of rapidly changing weather conditions. He was also quite helpful in providing damage reports for use in storm surveys.
A staunch supporter of the NOAA National Weather Service, Baz recently led an effort to establish storm shelters across the county and to have NOAA Weather and All Hazard Radios placed in all county buildings and schools.
The NOAA National Weather Service’s Cooperative Observer Program began approximately 100 years ago. Today, more than 11,000 dedicated observers across the nation continue the tradition of service that has provided the United States with an unparalleled record of historical climatological data.
Created in 1959, the Holm Award is named for a Lutheran minister, John Campanius Holm. Holm is the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American Colonies. Working without instruments, Holm made his observations at a site near Wilmington, Del., from 1644 to 1645.
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