April 9th, 2016 (Saturday)
It may be April and the grass has already been cut but today’s clipper system brought snow to Berks. Due to the increased sun angle the snow is sticking to only grassy surfaces. The storm total was 1.9″ which broke the station all-time April monthly record of 1.0″ from 2011.
Tonight we’re expecting to set a station all-time April temperature low as forecasts are for the low 20’s. The station record for April is 25.7 °F from 2008. Winds will also pick up bringing wind chills close to 10 °F!
January 21st, 2016 (Thursday)
Blizzard of 2016 Storm Total: 26.5″ (2.93″ SWE).
After additional readings and comparison to Lincoln Park (1.25 miles away), the total has been put back to 26.5″.
Sat 11 PM Update: Blizzard of 2016 Storm Total: 25.5″ (1.80″ SWE). Based on some additional sampling, due to drifting, I have adjusted the total down one inch. It is still a station record and one of the largest in Berks history!
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November 12th, 2015 (Thursday)
The site was down today from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM due to an upgrade that happened when I was at work. The connection speed was upgraded and the address was changed. Things should be back to normal although a few minor tweaks may still be necessary resulting in short outages.
October 31st, 2015 (Saturday)
The station joined CoCoRaHS this month and will contribute moving forward. CoCoRaHS is the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, which is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).
The station represents Southwest Berks as station PA-BR-29. We are just 1.2 miles WSW of the Lincoln Park station (PA-BR-2) which is the official Snow station for Berks county. The precipitation recorded at CoCoRaHS is from the plastic gauge instead of our automated rain gauge. This gauge is very accurate and is used by everyone in the network to standardize readings.