Suzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nWithout the help of more than 10,000 volunteers, the National Weather Service wouldn\u2019t be able to make its daily predictions.\r\nEach year, the NWS honors up to 25 volunteers with the John Campanius Holm Award. It is a way to show appreciation for the volunteers\u2019 dedication in collecting weather statistics.\r\n\r\nThis year, Bartow resident Jason Bauserman has been nominated for the award by regional coordinator Andrew Beavers.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe cooperative observation program is made of volunteers,\u201d Beavers said. \u201cIt\u2019s a national program run by the National Weather Service. The main purpose for it is to fill in climate gaps where ordinarily the only weather information you get is from airports. Observers like Jason fill in the gaps in between so we can make a more in-depth or more clear climate picture of the entire United States.\u201d\r\n\r\nBeavers works with 71 volunteer observers in his coverage area which includes parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.\r\n\r\nBeavers selected Bauserman for the award \u2013 the second highest NWS award given \u2013 because of his dedication to collecting weather statistics as well as his dedication to his community.\r\n\r\nWhile Bauserman has been keeping records for decades, he officially became a NWS volunteer in 1991 after meeting representatives from the NWS at the State Fair.\r\n\r\n\u201cIts made me feel real important,\u201d Bauserman said of being selected for the award. \u201cI just really have a passion for that and just really enjoy doing that.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn his 25th year of recordkeeping, Bauserman has shared his observations with The Pocahontas Times on a monthly basis.\r\n\r\nBeavers reiterated how integral the volunteer observers are to the NWS. Over the years, the NWS has consolidated offices, leaving more space between weather centers. Volunteers have helped close those gaps \u2013 gaps that Beavers is afraid will continue to grow as the federal government continues to consolidate offices.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere are a few people in the government who want to make regional weather centers,\u201d he said. \u201cInstead of having offices in Pittsburgh, Charleston and Sterling, they want to do one in D.C., one in Chicago, one in Denver and then one in L.A., or something like that. A lot of us weather service guys are like \u2018you can\u2019t do that, we have local knowledge.\u2019 We\u2019re trying to keep the offices local, but the government is trying to save money and do these huge regional things.\u201d\r\n\r\nBeavers said if the offices became regional, he would have even less contact with his volunteer observers. \r\n\r\n\u201cI see [Bauserman] once a year \u2013 it would be forever trying to make it out here, especially if I was covering a region of five or six states,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019ll see where that goes. It\u2019s been shelved for now, but we\u2019ll see. I think there\u2019s a lot of push back because people kind of realize that you can\u2019t do that with what we do.\u201d\r\n\r\nBeavers will submit information about Bauserman\u2019s contributions as a weather observer volunteer.\r\n\r\nWinners of the Holm Award will be announced in the summer.