NORMAN — The National Weather Association has awarded the Oklahoma Mesonet the 2013 Larry R. Johnson Special Award. The honor is presented to an individual or group to recognize events or extraordinary accomplishments that significantly contributed to operational meteorology.
The annual award committee members recognized the Oklahoma Mesonet for “operating a comprehensive observing network with a 20-year legacy of exemplary service for the residents of Oklahoma that earned the title of America’s ‘gold standard’ network from the National Research Council.”
Since commissioning on Jan. 1, 1994, the network has collected, processed and delivered more than four billion weather observations at a time resolution of five-minutes. In real-time, these data are made available to decision makers and forecasters across the region with a reliability and availability of 99.6 percent. Archived Mesonet data also have been made available to countless scientists and operational forecasters worldwide.
For more information, visit mesonet.org.