The National Weather Service in Topeka says a north-central Kansas woman has submitted weather observations from her area every day for 29 years.
KSAL-AM reports the Weather Service has now rewarded Melba Bruce, of Minneapolis, with its Thomas Jefferson Award. The award is given annually to just five of the more than 11,000 people nationwide who serve as cooperative weather observers.
Gov. Sam Brownback and Weather Service officials traveled to the Ottawa County town on Thursday to present the award. It's the highest honor the agency bestows on its volunteer observers.
As a cooperative observer, Bruce provides daily high and low temperature reports, precipitation and snowfall measurements and river measurements.