Weather service to honor San Jon family

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico

In aged pencil on yellowed paper, notes about the baby’s first tooth or daily chores mingled with the high and the low temperature for the day — a history of eastern New Mexico’s weather entwined with the legacy of Fern White’s family.

At 91, Fern White, now living in Clovis, is glad to have participated in history. Her contribution to weather is now etched in archives along with data three generations of her family have collected.

It’s been 100 years since the White family started charting San Jon’s weather for the National Weather Service.

Friday, White will be recognized by the weather service’s Albuquerque Bureau for her and her family’s contribution to recording the area’s weather history.

“I think it’s great to be recognized and I hope that people will learn and believe it’s important to do it,” she said.

“It’s educational, entertaining and historical — it’s history in the making.”