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Weather observer marks 35 years


Statement issued Wednesday by the Northern Indiana National Weather Service Office:

Mr. Edward Nagle has been taking weather observations for the National Weather Service (NWS) since 1977 and his observations are helping to continue weather observations at Angola, IN for the National Weather Service since 1898.

He records precipitation (rainfall, snowfall, water equivalency of snowfall, and snow depth) and maximum/minimum temperatures daily.

His COOP site also has an automated rain gage that records rainfall/snowfall water equivalency every 15 minutes. He downloads that 15 minute data once a month and sends that to the National Weather Service.

The data collected is now able to be ingested daily into each new weather model run along with helping to paint an aerial picture of how much rainfall/snowfall has fallen in the area. The data is also used to build a climatic database of the United States as well as used in a variety of industries.

The highest monthly precipitation total that Mr. Nagle has recorded is 13.26 inches back in August 2007. The highest yearly precipitation total that he has recorded is 51.75 inches in 2011. The lowest yearly precipitation amount was 31.49 inches in 1978. The highest seasonal snowfall amount was 74.9 inches in July 1981-June 1982.

The highest temperature that he has recorded is 101 degrees F back in June 1988. The coldest temperature that he has recorded is -27 degrees set back in January 1981. Mr. Nagle was fortunate enough to have a thermograph running at that time in January 1981 and the -27 degrees caused the needle to drop off of the recording paper which bottoms out at -20 degrees F.

Mr. Nagle got his start taking weather observations for the National Weather Service because while working at the local university he saw an ad in the local newspaper, called the NWS, and volunteered his services.

Since his start, he has kept all the months of weather records that he has taken which is very impressive. Much has changed at his COOP weather observing site, such as fields around his house being replaced with streets and houses; but one thing that has not changed is Mr. Nagle’s diligent dedication to taking accurate weather observations for the National Weather Service and his community.

The NWS thanks Mr. Nagle for his continued dedication in taking weather observations. The National Weather Service Cooperative Program spans all 50 states…collecting weather observations from numerous volunteer weather observers for the climate database, weather forecasts, and for the protection of life and property.

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