The weatherman from Kauai

You can make a career out of weather data: Damian Baptiste, assistant superintendent at Princeville Makai Golf Club on the island of Kauai in the U.S. state of Hawaii, has been responsible for weather data at the club for nearly four decades. “The boss just told me, you do this. That was 36, 37 years ago,” Baptiste told a reporter from the American online platform GCM.

The reason: Now the oldie in the greenkeeping team of the Princevielle Makai Golf Club received the John Companius Holm Award, which is awarded annually to weather observers from the USA. After Damian Baptiste has submitted weather data to the National Weather Service more than 10,000 times, the award is probably more than deserved. After all, in the beginning he passed through the data by phone, but now everything is possible online. The Princeville site has a total of four weather stations. The model that Damian Baptiste has been using for decades actually dates back to 1910, when the land still belonged to a farmer and golf was unthinkable. In fact, it also only measures the amount of precipitation.

A tiny contribution in the daily flood of data from the U.S. National Weather Service. Over almost four decades, however, this contribution has also been of enormous importance.