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Weather Observer Needed!

The National Weather Service office in Buffalo, NY is looking for a volunteer weather observer to take over the observing station in or near Portageville, NY (including Nunda, Castile, and Hunt). This observing station would be a part of the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Network (Coop Network). The Coop Network comprises nearly 10,000 volunteer weather observers nationwide that report rainfall, snowfall, and snow depth to the National Weather Service on a daily basis. Data from Coop Network helps scientists to define the long term climate of the United States.

Observers take measurements of precipitation, snowfall, and snow depth daily around 7 am. These measurements would be relayed daily to the National Weather Service either via the Internet or a toll-free phone number. These weather observations will be archived and used by future climate and research studies. Additionally these observations would assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in their Mt. Morris Dam Project.

The Observer will be provided with a rain gauge and a snow measuring stick.

These observations will assist the National Weather Service in its forecast and warning efforts, is vital to climatologists who are defining the climate of the United States and will help to predict drought conditions, agricultural planning and assessment, and more.

If you are interested in helping us out, or have any questions about the duties of a Coop Observer, please contact us at the address below, or you may call us at 716-565-0204, or send an email to

National Weather Service
587 Aero Dr
Buffalo, NY 14225