March 28, 2012
Gil Hoag bends to open the electronic rain gauge, powered by a solar panel, given to him by the National Weather Service. The gauge records daily readings onto a chip, which Hoag then sends to the NWS each month. Also in his backyard, Hoag checks another rain gauge daily and an electric temperature gauge that tracks the highs and lows.
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Bonner Springs resident Gil Hoag has dedicated nearly 40 years to recording local weather statistics
For nearly 40 years, Gil Hoag has been tracking Bonner Springs weather on handwritten charts in 12 file folders — one for every month.