Correro honored for weather service
by Elisabetta Zengaro
Jun 29, 2014 | 2817 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland native Jody Correro has been presented with the National Weather Service Award for 10 years of service to the organization.

Correro is a cooperative observer with the National Weather Service.

“I report to the Jackson office by computer approximately 7 a.m. every day,” said Correro.

During this time, Correro gives the previous 24-hour maximum and minimum temperatures, reports any rainfall and if there is an unusual amount.

Correro has been an observer for the past 10 years, taking over for his father, Joe Correro, who began keeping records in 1948.

While Jody has followed in his father’s footsteps, he wasn’t always a weatherman.

After graduating from Delta State University, Jody went on to serve as the Sports Information Director at DSU and the Director of Communications and Marketing.

But Correro’s passion for meteorology was something he inherited from his father.

“He (Joe) loved the weather,” said Jody. “It’s just been a passion in our family.”

Jody said his father worked over 44 years in the industry and was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for his years of service.

Reflecting back on his father’s time as an official observer, for the old U.S. Weather Bureau, now the National Weather Service, Jody recalled some of the most memorable moments he has experienced at the hands of Mother Nature.

On Jan. 29, 2014, Jody said Cleveland set a new mark in the record book with a low temperature of 9 degrees.

But Jody said his father recorded temperatures as low as -6 degrees.

Christmas of 1963 is what Jody describes as one of the most memorable experiences.

In a previous column for The Bolivar Commercial he wrote, “In the past 49 years of my recollections, I remember only one White Christmas, a whopper of 12 inches in 1963. The year prior to that there was a 3-4 inch snowfall on Christmas Eve, but it melted before Midnight Mass.”

During this southern blizzard, Jody was first introduced to freezing rain or sleet.

His dad explained to him why the snow was changing to liquid before it even hit the ground, and this moment of shared knowledge became one of his most cherished memories.

Jody said his love and respect for weather was instilled in him as a child, and he learned everything about weather from his father.

There has been a Cooperative Weather Observer in the Cleveland area since 1901. The Cooperative Observer network was established in 1890, but weather observations have been taken for centuries. The National Weather Service observing program remains the largest collection of volunteer weather observers in the world.