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Weather Cooperative Observer Program stations
People look at weather information every day. But where do those weather observations come from?

The Lakeland Sanitary District 1 is home to a weather observation station. It's part of The National Weather Service's Cooperative Observer Program.

Rain and snow totals along with other observations are turned in daily to The National Weather Service.

"We do the highs and the lows. We do the how cold it was at night, how hot it was during the day and what it was at the observation time that we took it. And that's all turned in too," said Treatment Plant Manager Don Imlah.

Thousands of people all across the country participate in the program. Imlah says the weather observations they report can play a big role in the community.

"In Minocqua, weather is your make-or-break. So we try to give it the best we can," he said.

The data is digitized, checked, and archived to study climate.

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