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Volunteer recognized by National Weather Service for 35 years of keeping records

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Way back in 1971, a neighbor of Bowling Green-area farmer Charlie Meyer asked him if he would mind taking over his duties as an official observer for the National Weather Service.

"He was getting old and couldn't do it anymore, and he asked me if I'd pick it up," Meyer said.

Shortly thereafter, Meyer began using official National Weather Service equipment installed at his home to keep tabs on daily rainfall, snowfall and overall snow depth.

The National Weather Service honored Meyer for his 35 years of service with a luncheon at the Wagon Wheel restaurant in Bowling Green Tuesday.

"Rain or shine, extreme heat or extreme cold, he's out there every day," said Ed Terrell, a meteorological technician at the weather service's Indianapolis offices. "It's just great that we have volunteers like Charlie."

For Meyer, who said he has no immediate plans to retire from weather-watching, the pleasure was all his.

"Time flies when you're having fun," he said.

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