Appendix A Survey Of State Climatologists On The National Weather Service Cooperative Network

July 31, 1997

1. In what year did you assume the position of state climatologist? 19 _______

2. In an average month about how much time do you (and your staff) devote to activities as the state climatologist? (MARK ONE)

Between 1 - 4 Days

Between 5 - 10 Days

Between 11 - 15 Days

Between 16 - 20 Days

More Than 20 Days

3a. How many cooperative network stations exist within your state boundaries?

Number

Climate

Hydro

Combined Climate And Hydro

Total

3b. How many of these belong to the historical network of cooperative stations?

Number In Historical Network

3c. How many are institutional (vs. individual volunteer) stations?

Number In Institutional Stations

4a. In general, how important is the cooperative network to the work you do as the state climatologist? (MARK ONE)

Not Important

Somewhat Important

Very Important

Essential



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--> Appendix A Survey Of State Climatologists On The National Weather Service Cooperative Network July 31, 1997 1. In what year did you assume the position of state climatologist? 19 _______ 2. In an average month about how much time do you (and your staff) devote to activities as the state climatologist? (MARK ONE) Between 1 - 4 Days Between 5 - 10 Days Between 11 - 15 Days Between 16 - 20 Days More Than 20 Days 3a. How many cooperative network stations exist within your state boundaries? Number Climate Hydro Combined Climate And Hydro Total 3b. How many of these belong to the historical network of cooperative stations? Number In Historical Network 3c. How many are institutional (vs. individual volunteer) stations? Number In Institutional Stations 4a. In general, how important is the cooperative network to the work you do as the state climatologist? (MARK ONE) Not Important Somewhat Important Very Important Essential

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--> 4b. In your opinion, is the importance of the cooperative network: (MARK ONE) Increasing Decreasing Remaining about the same 4c. How do you use the cooperative network data in your work? (MARK ALL THAT APPLY) Research Data requests Teaching Archive development Outreach Other (Please specify) 5a. In an average month, how often do you (and your staff) provide cooperative network data in response to requests for information from external users in the community? Number of times 5b. In an average month, how often do you (and your staff) provide cooperative network data to: Number of Times a. Legal community b. Local c. Weather forecasters d. Academic climate and weather researchers e. Agricultural interests f. Local, state, and federal agencies g. Private consultants h. Educational institutions i. General public 6. In an average month, how much time do you (and your staff) spend on activities related to the cooperative network: (MARK ONE) Less than 5 hours From 5 - 10 hours Between 11 - 20 hours Between 21 - 30 hours More than 30 hours

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--> 7. Below is a list of activities that you might have conducted in connection with the cooperative network. In an average month, how many times have you been directly involved in the following: Number of Times a. Interactions with the local Weather Forecast Offices b. Interactions with the National Climate Data Center c. Receipt and processing of cooperative network data d. Visits to cooperative observers e. Fielding requests for weather and climate data f. Interactions with the media 8. Occasionally, state climatologists get involved in special activities in support of the cooperative network program. In the past year, have you (and your staff) been involved in: (MARK ALL THAT APPLY) Special training programs for the cooperative observers Developing or participating in ceremonies having cooperative observers Publicity campaigns for the cooperative program NWS plans for improving or modernizing the cooperative network 9. Various concerns have been expressed about the functioning of the cooperative network. In your opinion, how important is it to improve the following factors in the network?     Not Important Somewhat Important Very Important Essential a. Lack of standard instrumentation.......... 1 2 3 4 b. Lack of maintenance for instrumentation 1 2 3 4 c. Inconsistent reporting periods in the data reports.................................................... 1 2 3 4 d. Insufficient quality control at the local level....................................................... 1 2 3 4 e. Lack of timeliness in the data reports..... 1 2 3 4 f. Difficulties in recruiting new volunteers.. 1 2 3 4 g. Lack of management commitment to the coop network program............................. 1 2 3 4 h. Insufficient resources at the WFOs (e.g., staffing, travel funds) to support the cooperative network program............... 1 2 3 4 i. Outdated data collection and transmission technology.............................................. 1 2 3 4 j. Insufficient support (e.g., incentives, training) to the volunteer observers....... I 2 3 4 Thank you very much for expressing your opinions,