Niagara Gazette — In addition to its high-tech methods for tracking the conditions, the weather service agency also depends on volunteer observers who regularly report temperature readings, the amount of precipitation over a specified period and other information from stations at their own residences.
One of those volunteers, Gene Pacia of Porter, a retired school teacher, has maintained meticulous records for years at his small weather station off Creek Road. Even before the weather service confirmed the "hottest year ever" (2012), Pacia had mentioned several times the possibility that a record would be set.
By the way, the meterologist singled out Youngstown as having some of the most favorable weather, especially in the summer when other places are coping with severe heat. Again, it's the proximity to the lake and the lower elevation. There's almost a difference of 400 feet between the area above the escarpment and the village where the Niagara River flows into the lake. "There's a definite down-sloping effect as you head north," the meterologist added.
SIGNS OF THE TIME: At a local Tim Horton's (withholding the address to avoid embarrassment): "Sorry, We're Not Excepting Credit Cards at This Time."
• In a cafeteria: "Shoes are required to eat in here. Socks can eat any place they want."