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Volunteer recognised for 50 years of rainfall record

Issued: 24/10/2014 (Bureau of Meterology Media Release)

The outstanding contribution of Mr Laurie Jensen has been recognised with a Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Excellence Award presented at Yoweragabbie Station.

Bureau of Meteorology Regional Director WA Mike Bergin said the commitment to the community shown by all of the Bureau of Meteorology’s volunteers was to be commended.

Mr Jensen of Yoweragabbie Station near Mount Magnet was recently presented with a Rainfall Excellence Award after completing more than 50 years of rainfall observations.

“Thanks to the dedication of Mr Jensen, this remains a continuous and reliable rainfall record over more than 50 years, Mr Bergin said.”The commitment to the community shown by all of the Bureau of Meteorology’s volunteers, including Mr Jensen, is to be commended.”

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 Mr Jensen.

Mr Jensen told Bureau staff about the family’s history in the Mount Magnet area with their first station purchased in the 1930’s. The family’s legacy continues with Mr Jensen’s son working at Yoweragabbie and his daughter at a nearby station.

Mr Bergin 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 Bergin 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.

Image: The Rainfall Excellence Award went to Mr Lawrie Jensen of Yoweragabbie Station