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By Andi Bourne

Reporting Weather, Time Honored Tradition


Through the Cooperative Weather Observer (Coop) Program, the National Weather Service (NWS) utilizes citizen volunteers across the country to record daily temperatures and precipitation. This helps them better predict the weather and keeps a historical log generating the longest, continuous and consistent climate database for the area.

The Coop Program is more than 200 years old. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were some of the first observers.

"They had a passion early on for weather and found the value in taking weather observations," said Corby Dickerson, meteorologist with the N...

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