The National Weather Service office in Buffalo is looking for a volunteer weather observer to take over the observing station in or near Portageville, which includes Nunda, Castile and Hunt.

The 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 a.m. These measurements are relayed daily to the National Weather Service either via the Internet or a toll-free phone number. These weather observations are archived and used by future climate and research studies. Additionally these observations would assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in its Mount Morris Dam Project.

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

The observations will assist the National Weather Service in its forecast and warning efforts, climatologists defining the climate of the United States and also help to predict drought conditions, agricultural planning and assessment, and more, the Weather Service said.

Those interested in helping or who may have questions about the duties of a Coop Observer, may contact the National Weather Service office in Buffalo at (716) 565-0204 or by sending an email to Dan. Queries may also be mailed to National Weather Service, 587 Aero Drive, Buffalo, NY 14225.

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