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A Melville family was honored this week for 50 years of service to the National Weather Service's Cooperative Weather Observer program.

The Anderson family received the Edward H. Stoll Award from Keith Meier, meteorologist in charge at the NWS office in Billings.

Stoll served as a cooperative weather observer for 76 years and was the first to attain 50 years of service.

Thorvald E. Anderson began making weather observations at his ranch west of Melville in April 1960. His son Perry grew up assisting him and took over as weather observer when Thorvald died in 2001. Perry's son Nathan is carrying on the family tradition.

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Across the country, 12,000 cooperative weather volunteers provide climate data that helps more accurately predict climate in their regions.

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Lorna Thackeray can be reached at 657-1314 or lthackeray@billingsgazette.com

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