In a few years I would return to Chanute AFB, IL for weather forecasting school. One essential fact I am proud of as a meteorologist: I never discounted the essentiality of the weather observation to a meteorologist and to aviation as a whole. I always appreciated the role of the weather observer when I was the weather forecaster, working along side a weather observer. We are imperative!
Unfortunately, these days, first the weather observations have become more and more useless, and the live weather observers are being replaced far to rapidly by technology, so much cheaper, but far less accurate than the human weather observer. When, once, the weather observation could tell the weather forecaster what type of clouds were present, now the weather observation gives an rounded percentage of how much of the sky is present and how high they clouds are (unless a live, human is present to augment the automated weather observation). Sad state.