Rain, wind and snow: Epping clan reports it all
It all started in 1973 when Richard F. Sanborn began observing weather and reporting temperatures, precipitation amounts and other vital information to the National Weather Service.
And at 71, Charlie, his wife, Judy, and their daughter, Mary Hoelzel, continue to keep a close eye on the weather.
On Wednesday, members of the National Weather Service’s office in Gray, Maine, presented Charlie Sanborn with a Length of Service Award recognizing the family for 40 years of weather observations.
Weather observing is a daily job, but Sanborn loves it, even when he has to tromp through snow to reach his instruments.
“I enjoy doing it, I really do. It’s just part of the day. It’s like getting up and brushing your teeth,” he said.
When he’s unable to take the readings, Sanborn relies on his wife and daughter to do the work.
“When you think about it, 40 years is a long time for a family to be dedicated to it. This is every day, about the same time, and when it’s 20 below out and nobody else really wants to do it, they’re still going out and doing it. It’s a big commitment,” said Hendricus Lulofs, meteorologist in charge at the Gray office.
“As time goes on it’s going to be less and less likely that we’ll be giving out 40- and 50-year awards,” he said.
“It’s folks such as Charlie that really partner with the government in the weather world to help make our forecasting process and our warning process as accurate as it can be. Without volunteers like this we would be in a much more difficult situation to do what we do,” Lulofs said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Flood watch and rain follow day of near-record temperatures - 0
- Lack of 'hot spell' has made for mild mud season so far in central NH - 1
- With rain on the way, flooding potential eyed - 0
- Londonderry classrooms flooded - 0
- Spring roads make the going tough - 0
- Water damage displaces North Elementary classrooms - 0
- Farmers lament effects of long, snowy winter - 2
- Maple producers hope for weather to turn corner - 0
- Wintry weather for now, but wait until the end of the week - 0
READER COMMENTS: 3
- Tuition to go down 5 percent at community colleges - 0
- Colebrook almost became an island Tuesday night - 0
- Nashua man arrested on domestic violence charges - 0
- I-93 northbound in Londonderry open again after crash - 0
- State Supreme Court hearing arguments in education tax credit case - 0
- NHIAA Boys' Track Preview: Jenkins paces defending champ North - 0
- NHIAA Girls' Track Preview: McCabe, Parker lead way - 0
- Manchester DPW chief says up to 20 layoffs possible with proposed budget - 8
- Ian Clark's On Hockey: O’Neill’s injury leaves offensive void - 0
Manchester settles with federal civil rights agency over minority students in advanced courses
Lawmakers fight to find Medicaid fix
Taxes and spending: Washington vs. NH
Texting while stopped: Banning safe behavior