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National Weather Service celebrates 100 years of weather observations

The National Weather Service and New York State Canal Corporation celebrate 100 years of recording weather observations at the Erie Canal Lock E-22.

Posted: Oct 4, 2019 1:00 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2019 1:18 PM

NEW LONDON, N.Y. -- A ceremony was held Friday, Oct. 4, at the Erie Canal to commemorate 100 years of weather observations taken by the National Weather Service.

These weather observations are crucial for regional forecasts. Lock tenders at the Erie Canal Lock E-22 have been recording rain and snowfall totals for 100 years. They are a part of the National Weather Service's Cooperative Observer Program.

The meteorologist in charge of the Binghamton Weather Forecasting Office who presented this award, Douglas A. Butts Jr., says, "It's an extreme placet. It's an extreme honor to be able to present this 100 year award to a site that's been here since pretty close to the turn of the century. To have this dedicated crew that provides this important climate and weather information to the residents of Central New York is just amazing." 

Douglas says they record precipitation observations from this station at 7 a.m. every day, and hope to continue this for years to come. He also says he is thankful that the National Weather Service has been able to maintain weather observations from this station for such a long time.

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