Current conditions

Last Friday, in a conversation about building a stronger community, the ordinary phrase, “we’ve got to find a way to work together,” stuck out to me.

Goodness, when the work before us is overwhelming, we don’t need to spend valuable time searching for inevitably imperfect “hows.” We just need to work together.

It’s safe to say that in these evaporating days right before a flurry of major special events, folks in our Division are not looking ways to work together. We’re not even rolling up our sleeves. We’re simply working, as hard and as fast as we can. Every task counts.

This afternoon, Glenn signed us up to be members of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network, and I’m super happy about it. The Network is a group of backyard weather observers working together to measure and map rain, hail and snow. The data collected is used by The National Weather Service, other meteorologists, hydrologists, emergency managers, city utilities (water supply, water conservation, storm water), insurance adjusters, USDA, engineers, mosquito control, ranchers and farmers, outdoor and recreation interests, teachers, students, and others.

It’s simple. Scientists need lots of data, but there aren’t nearly enough scientists to gather all of the information they need. Volunteers can help.

The network’s, slogan, “every drop counts,” makes perfect sense to me.

Plus, as a deep-in-my-soul word-loving notetaker who is married to a deep-in-his-soul sailor, being an official “weather watcher” on Weatherford Road, suits me.

Let’s get to work!

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