Years ago, manual weather readings were conducted at the Baton Rouge Weather Service Office. This exercise constituted data collection from instrumentation and other observations. For the last 118 years, an observer has recorded daily temperature readings and observations at a remote location and nature area, 90 miles north of New York City. The Montauk Preserve weather station has been monitored by a long line of family and friends. As noted in a previous column, the station recorders have used the same method of data collection for more than 43,353 readings. Experts suggest that it is incredibly rare to have a level of continuity at this site as scientists wrestle to ensure temperature readings from thousands of other stations are accurate.