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Pat Shingleton: "Buying A Storm"

2 years 9 months 1 week ago May 20, 2014 May 20, 2014 Tuesday, May 20 2014 May 20, 2014 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Last year the Weather Channel decided to name winter storms. A few hundred bucks, payable to the Free University of Berlin can put your name on a storm. F.U.'s Institute of Meteorology began the program to fund manned observations at the university's weather station. Their observations stretch back to 1701 and the Berlin-Dahlem station maintains one of the oldest uninterrupted climate gathering locations in the world. Budget cuts reduced manned observations from 24 hours-per-day to eight hours. Meteorology students filled the other 16 hours by selling rights to name a storm. References to named high and low pressure systems over Europe started in 1954. Storm names are sold for 199 to 299 Euros. After the storm passes buyers get a certificate.

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