Staff members have recorded precipitation, temperature and other observations daily, without fail, since the hospital became part of the voluntary Cooperative Weather Observation Program in 1891 -- two years after
Historic weather data is used to study an area's climate. Daily weather observations also help shape forecasts. The data is used by meteorologists, universities, agricultural specialists, insurance companies and other organizations, and it is available online through
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"This is an award for the hospital, not an individual, because it is due entirely to the diligent efforts of each former and current Heating Plant team member that these readings have been taken every day for 125 years," Duff said.
Each day at the scheduled time, a team member goes outside and measures precipitation totals using
Staff members report their observations to
Duff said that he has gained an interest in meteorology after monitoring weather conditions over the years.
North Dakota State Climatologist F. Adnan Akyüz also congratulated them. Even with all the instrumentation and models, he said the information still needs to be verified by human observers.
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