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Volunteers recognised for 100 years of rainfall records


The outstanding contribution of the Jones family of Bulong, Western Australia, in completing more than a century of rainfall observations, has been recognised with a Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Excellence Award.

Bureau of Meteorology Acting Regional Director of Western Australia, Mr Grahame Reader said the commitment to the community shown by all of the Bureau of Meteorology’s volunteers was to be commended.

“Since 1916, the Jones family have recorded and reported daily rainfall observations, providing both a continuous and reliable record over 100 years,” Mr Reader said.

“Australia is a vast continent and while the Bureau’s network is extensive, there are many areas that are not covered except by the dedicated service of volunteers such as the Jones family.”

Burchell and Margaret Jones, along with their two sons, Julian and Leon take great pride in taking rainfall observations and when being presented with their award, they laughed about how, at times, the work on the station ground to a halt at 9 am until the rainfall observation was completed.

Mr Reader said these awards are a timely reminder to acknowledge all volunteers, including emergency services and many other organisations and individuals who selflessly provide their time and skills in the service of the community.

“The Bureau relies on a network of thousands of volunteers, including rainfall and river height observers, storm spotters and volunteers at sea,” Mr Reader said.

“This network of dedicated people provides the Bureau with the information it needs to deliver crucial weather and forecasting services to communities across Australia, and strengthen the long-term understanding of Australia’s climate.”