Weather observer receives 45 year Length of Service award

Every day for 45 years, Marlow resident Ernest H. Muncrief has reported weather observations to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman. He was recognized today (Feb. 9) for his exceptional volunteer service as a cooperative weather observer by National Weather Service representatives who presented him with a 45-year pin and certificate during a Marlow Lion’s Club meeting.

Muncrief’s reports become part of a record published monthly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center and provide long-term climate information for the entire meteorological research community. In addition, his measurements are used by forecasters in their day-to-day operations. When called upon, he provides for forecasters real time observations of weather as it is happening at any time of the day or night, especially severe weather reports.

In 1994, Muncrief was recognized as one of the best weather observers in the nation when he was awarded the National Weather Service’s prestigious John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding accomplishments in the field of meteorological observations. The Holm Award is presented to only 25 people across the nation annually.

“For more than 45 years, Mr. Muncrief has provided an invaluable service to both the National Weather Service and his community,” said Dennis McCarthy, meteorologist-in-charge of the Norman office. “The information he provides is used not only by NOAA researchers but also by the entire research community throughout the United States, including universities, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.”

More than 300 people in Oklahoma and 11,000 across the nation participate in the National Weather Service’s cooperative observer program, which began about 100 years ago. Their information provides a historical climatological record for the United States.

Muncrief retired after serving 35 years as the vocational agriculture teacher at Marlow High School. He is a member of the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame and was named Outstanding Vocational Agriculture Teacher in the United States in 1972. An alumnus of Oklahoma State University, he serves as director of an agriculture education scholarship board for the school.

In addition, Muncrief is a past president of the Marlow Lions Club where he has 51 years of perfect attendance. He is past president of the Marlow Chamber of Commerce, president of the Stevens County Fire Board (a position he has held for 30 years), a member of the Stevens County Livestock Growers Association and the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. His wife’s name is Helen.