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Request for Volunteer River Ice Observers

There are indications that we might be looking at a cold winter. Thus there is a good chance that river ice could become a major factor with the spring thaw. Therefore we are looking to increase and improve our river ice observing network. Ice observers will provide information on type of ice, ice jams, ice movement, ice breakup, pictures, etc. Ice thickness measurements are not expected and will not be taken.

This information will be used by the NWS Forecast Office in Binghamton, New York as well as the Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center and the Northeast River Forecast Center in the preparation of river forecasts and flood warnings and flood watches.

Ice observers are expected to:
  1. Provide ice reports a minimum of once per week (even if there is nothing significant to report) and as many times as required to document significant changes to river ice.
  2. Provide updates on their location (home, office, particular mile marker along a river, etc.) where ice observations are taken should they relocate.
  3. Review each year the presentation on Conducting Ice Surveys Safely. Persons wanting to become new ice observers or begin submitting reports with this new system should provide:

    • First and last name
    • Street address
    • City, town, or village
    • State
    • Zip code
    • Phone number
    • E-mail address
    • Latitude and longitude of ice observation location (this is desired, but optional)
    • Location where ice observations will be taken.  Below are some examples:
      -Chenango River at Bridge in Port Dickinson
      -Towanda Creek at Ward Road in East Canton, PA
      -West Branch Delaware River at Walton, NY
      -Delaware River at Route 371 Bridge just east of Damascus, PA
      -Beaver Kill at Roscoe, PA
      -Confluence of the Owego Creek and Susquehanna River in Owego, NY
Please reply by Tuesday, January 1, 2011 via e-mail so we can get you into the web system.

Please Reply to:
Michael Schaffner
Senior Service Hydrologist
National Weather Service

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