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Let it snow: Automated Weather Observing System opens

READY FOR TAKEOFF ≠ó A ribbon-cutting officially opened the Automated Weather Observing System at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. From left: Mercy Flight Crew (in orange pants) with Kevin Ploetz, Bertrand Chaffee Maintenance Supervisor Gregory Evans, CEO Nils Gunnersen, Henry and Judy Gorino and Mercy Flight CEO Doug Baker.

SPRINGVILLE ó Western New Yorkers who donít trust the weather forecaster now have another option for learning what the skies are doing. On Dec. 6, a ribbon-cutting officially launched the new Automated Weather Observing System, a weather-monitoring station installed on the roof of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville.

The AWOS provides wind direction and speed, temperature, dewpoint, cloud ceiling, visibility, current weather and lightning detection, within 50 miles of BCH.

The installation took place this past summer, after the Beacon of Hope Gala, held on May 10, raised more than $91,000 to support it.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS ≠ó The Automated Weather Observing System tracks all weather patterns, and is available 24/7.

The gala was hosted by Henry and Judy Gorino and Dave Schutte from Oliverís Restaurant in Buffalo.

Additional sponsors were the Erie County Medical Center, the Catholic Health System and Kaleida Health.

To listen to weather reports, call 592-4400. Reports can also be found online at


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