For the past 48 years the Ed and Doris Fellhauer family have been measuring and reporting the precipitation to the National Weather Service.
For the past 48 years the Ed and Doris Fellhauer family have been measuring and reporting the precipitation to the National Weather Service. In October Randy Gray from the National Weather Service presented Doris with the Dick Hagemeyer Award for 48 years of service.
Ed started working for the Soil Conservation Service in the 1950s. The first office was located where Thrift & Gift is currently located. Then the office moved to the current Stephen’s Trucking building. In May of 1967 the SCS office moved to Ordway. At that time the rain gauge was moved to the Fellhauer farm where it has been since. Ed retired from the SCS in 1981 after 35 years. After Ed’s retirement, he and Doris continued to measure and report the precipitation. Upon Ed’s passing in February 2008, Doris has continued on with the job.
Through the years when there was a significant amount of snow to measure, Doris would load up the gauge, collect some snow and head to the Elementary school to show the students the process of figuring how much moisture content was in the snow.
Doris said she has enjoyed measuring the precipitation, but decided to pass it on for someone else to enjoy the experience.