Arnold Lamb and his wife D.D. show how their weather station operates on Friday Feb. 9, 2024.

PLYMOUTH – Every day D.D. Lamb, as an observer for the National Weather Service, records the high and low temperatures and precipitation. She then sends the information to the National Weather Service and the National Climate Center electronically.

D.D. and Arnold Lamb show the award they received for their families 75 years of continues service to the National Weather Service on Friday Feb. 9, 2024

Over 20 years Lamb has been recording and sending climate data as part of her everyday life.

“I just do it,” Lamb said. “We don’t get paid, but it is something we just do every day. If we go on vacation, we have a neighbor check the gauges and tell us the information and we submit it.”

D.D. and her husband Arnold Lamb began checking the area’s climate data daily as NWS Cooperative Observer Program for over two decades. They took it over from Arnold’s mother Dena.

The couple recently received recognition from the National Weather Service and the Box Elder County Commission for the family’s 75 years of commitment to service as residential weather observers.

Don Rufus Lamb started as a weather observer in 1948 and passed it off to his son Keith and his wife Dena, who moved the site closer to his Plymouth gas station,” she said. “When Dena’s health began to fail, we started to help and then finally took it over.”

D.D. Lamb shows the sheet she uses to record the climate for the National Weather Service on Friday Feb. 9, 2024.

The gas station is now a vacant remnant of the days when the highway passed through the town roughly 10 miles from the Idaho border. The town site west of I-15 has less than 500 people living there.

Arnold and D.D. moved the weather station closer to their home down the highway a piece. On her living room wall D.D. hung the award they received and has the pictures hanging next it of those who have been weather observers in the family.

Arnold served as the mayor of Plymouth for 16 years and even though he is no longer serving, he knows a lot of what goes on in town. He can point out where the old store was that has been turned into a home and who used to live in what abandoned structure.

D.D. and Arnold Lamb show ho they measure precipitation for the National Weather Service on Friday Feb. 9, 2023

The Lambs are part of a network of thousands of other weather observers in urban and suburban areas. These weather observers can also be found in National Parks seashores and mountains. The NWS wants to have climate information on where people live, work and play. The organized climate research began in 1890 under the Organic Act but there were people doing it before then.

The data is used to help define the climate in the U.S. and help manage and map climate changes over the years.

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