||What Do They Mean?
|The four icons you see here and in
the upper left hand corner of page one are not just four pretty symbols used to enhance
the looks of this newsletter.1 They represent the four kinds of data most of you, our Cooperative Program
Observers, col-lect for us daily. The sun icon represents temperature data; the snowflake icon represents snow measurements; the
raindrop icon represents
rainfall measurements; and, the blue wavy line icon represents rivers or river gage readings.
observers gather all four kinds of data. Although the majority of Cooperative Observer
Stations collect precipitation and maximum and minimum temperature - there are several
categories of stations. Some may collect only one element (i.e., river gage readings)
while others may collect all four elements. One station even collects evaporation data.
Therefore, any of the four icons (or any combination of the four) will appear before those
headlines in future articles of WE that are instructional in nature. They
will guide you to the articles that instruct or review how to collect the data (i.e., how
to obtain liquid equivalent of snow on the ground), or how to use one of the instruments
used to collect the data (i.e., how to reset maximum or minimum glass enclosed
thermometers), and others. This is the way you will be able find the article(s) most
pertinent for your weather station operation. Of course you are always invited to read any
and all articles.
This article is instructional in nature. It is an article about how to use this
newsletter. It should be of interest to every Cooperative Observer. Therefore, all four
icons were placed before the headline. Articles of general information, and those that are
non-instructional, and those articles which do not review information will not contain any
of the icons.
|1 The icons are taken from graphics
augmented by Tim Buckelew, NERFC Senior Hydrologist and Icon Technical Guru for WE
|Did Everyone Get a Copy of WE ?We would like each non-family observer to have their own
copy of WE. If the non-family secondary or backup CPO did not receive their
own copy, please let us know so we may include them in our mailings.
By non-family observers we mean those friends and neighbors who fill in for you when
you are away and cannot take the readings yourself. If you are a private or public company
there may be more than one person involved in taking the observations at your location. We
would like each observer at your location to have their own copy.
If you know of anyone who should have received this newsletter but did not, please drop
us a card with the station name, the station number, the name of the observer and their
mailing address, or fill out the form at the right (or a facsimile) and mail it to:
Weather Eye Subscriptions
c/o National Weather Service
445 Myles Standish Blvd.
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or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Vallee Breeze (Continued
from Page 2)
So, as you can see, our ability to forecast and warn
of impending floods (of both a small and large scale) is a cooperative effort; a
cooperative effort between two forecast offices, and most importantly you,
the NWS Cooperative Observer.
Without your vital data we could not do our job! I would like to pass on to you from
all of us a heartfelt thank you for your dedication!
|Dave Vallee is
the Service Hydrologist and resident hurricane expert for the Taunton WFO...as well as the
proud daddy of two sets of twins -
Ryan & Matthew and Molly & Christian.
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