What's in our rain-gauge?

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There's been a lot of talk recently about Flagstaff's record-breaking July rainfall.  The official NOAA gauge at Pulliam Airport recorded 7.58 inches of precip for the month, which actually tied the old record set in 1919.

Did you know: we have our own, state-of-the-art weather station at Marshall Magnet School?  It's true!  And it's been gathering detailed weather information for several months now.  We're excited about the many fresh, new opportunities it will give all of our students to study, first-hand, things like meteorology, Earth's atmosphere, statistics and the physical sciences, as well as integrate real-world weather data and observations into our core subject areas.  We think every science magnet school should have its very own weather station!

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For July 2013 our station (officially identified as weather-station FLGMM) recorded 6.64 inches of rain, which, while not as much as the airport, still seems like a lot of precipitation... imagine if that much water had fallen as snow... we'd still be buried!

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Another cool component of our weather station is the high-def camera that's installed along with the rain-collector, anemometer and other cool, scientific instruments mounted on the roof of the school.  It's remote controlled, so we can point it anywhere, but we tend to keep it focused on our most-impressive local landmark, the San Franciso Peaks.  We've heard from several sources that it's been used on the weather-cast on KTVK Channel 3 several times recently, and even on the national news at least once, each time credited as Marshall Magnet School's very own live camera image.  Isn't that cool?  We sure think so!

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