by Paul Huth
On the first day of 2016, the Mohonk Lake Cooperative Weather Station began its 120th year of continuous operation. In terms of days, that’s more than 43,800 days of volunteer observers personally recording the weather for the National Weather Service as a public service.
This unique national weather station was established at Mohonk Lake Jan. 1, 1896, by the United States Weather Bureau, with Mohonk Mountain House’s co-founder, Albert K. Smiley, as the first official observer. The weather shelter, thermometers and rain gauge have always been in the same location since 1896. Each month, the daily weather data is sent to the National Weather Service. From it, Mohonk Preserve Conservation Science staff prepares a monthly weather summary, Natural Science Note, which compares the current monthly weather with the previous 119 years of data for the same month. These summaries, started in 1982 by Mohonk Preserve co-founder Daniel Smiley and I, are now shared digitally with nearly a hundred individuals and agencies and are also available on the preserve’s website. Read more...