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Volunteer weather observer honored

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The National Weather Service has honored volunteer weather observer Robert DeBlassie of Bernalillo County’s South Valley with its John Campanius Holm Award for his 38 continuous years of service.

The recipient of the award, given to no more than 25 individuals each year, must have served for at least 20 years to be eligible and to have consistently provided accurate and complete observations even during periods of hazardous or extreme weather, organizers said in a news release.

In addition, they must have demonstrated an unusual effort to provide observations despite illness, emergency absences or equipment failure, the Weather Service said.

This award recognizing cooperative observers for outstanding accomplishments in meteorological observations is named for a Lutheran minister, John Campanius Holm, the first person known to have taken systematic weather observations in the American colonies, according to a news release.

He made observations of climate without the use of instruments in 1644 and 1645, near the present site of Wilmington, Del.

DeBlassie on Nov. 16 received his certificate signed by the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.