Recognition for rain records

The West Australian

The outstanding contributions of Eric Doncon and the Doncon family were recognised with two Bureau of Meteorology awards in South Perth last month.

Bureau regional director WA Mike Bergin said the commitment shown by volunteers was to be commended.

Mr Doncon of The Pines near Merredin was presented with two Rainfall Excellence Awards after the Doncon family completed 100 years of rainfall recording, with Mr Doncon personally responsible for the past 50 years of rainfall observations.

"Since 1915, the Doncons have recorded and reported daily rainfall observations, providing both a continuous and reliable record over more than 100 years," Mr Bergin 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 Eric."

Mr Bergin said the awards were a timely reminder to acknowledge all volunteers, including emergency services, 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."

For more information on the bureau's volunteer weather observers, visit media.bom.gov.au/social/.

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