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That Darned Weather Station!

July 18, 2008

Complaint Corner is the place to gripe about the things that irk you in everyday life: Village services, a surly shopkeeper, an unfair parking ticket, unnecessary noise, people who don’t play by the rules—you name it. Perhaps others have had the same experience. By raising our voices and letting off steam, maybe we can effect changes. Here’s the first complaint we’ve received:

After being out of commission all night, Croton’s weather station finally came back at 8:45 a.m. this (Friday) morning, showing a straight horizontal line for every category of statistic, including temperature, wind speed, pressure, etc. In past incidents it was hung up with the same statistics showing for the date and time when it stopped recording. Now the date and time are changing, but the statistics are still frozen and unchanging.

This afternoon when the temperature is in the 90s, Croton’s weather station will be showing it at an unchanging 78 degrees all day—the same temperature it was at 8:15 a.m. What a joke! I get more reliable statistics from a small device bought at Radio Shack. Even a broken clock tells the right time twice a day.

What goes here? The climate is changing everywhere on the planet except in Croton? How much are we spending to get such unreliable information. What good is this expensive toy if it only works sporadically? And what is the Village doing about making sure we get what we are paying for? Who’s in charge of this stupid project anyway?

— Weather Buff


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