Vermont man receives prestigious award from National Weather Service


Neither snow, nor rain, nor hear, nor gloom of night; will keep Ray Allen from compiling a daily weather report.

Despite his age, will be turning 82 next week. Allen still braves the elements.

“When the wind is blowing, the snow is drifting and it’s deep; I say. ‘Hmm, I wonder if I ought to quit’. But I have never got close to that,” said Allen.

Every day, Allen collects the temperature, wind speed, and how much rain/snow has fallen.

Allen started collecting this valuable information, starting in the summer of 1969.

On Friday, he was awarded the highest award given to a volunteer by the National Weather Service.

The Thomas Jefferson Award is granted up to five people each year, nationwide.

Allen is now the third person from Vermont to receive this award.

Paul Sisson is the acting meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service in Burlington. He says, the work Allen does allow for critical data. 

“He documents the climate of his location, without him we wouldn’t have long periods of record,” said Sisson.

Allen has seen how our climate has changed right on his farm, over the last half-century.

“We have found that bloom on Macintosh Trees is running about 14-days earlier then it was years ago,” said Allen. 

The Thomas Jefferson Award has been around since 1959, named for our third president.

Jefferson kept a daily log of weather reports for close to 40-years.

Allen has him beat!

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