Years ago, John Moseley, meteorologist in charge of the Baton Rouge Weather Service Office, encouraged manual recording of daily weather readings. This exercise constituted data collection from instrumentation. Weatherwise magazine reported for the past 115 years, an observer has recorded daily temperature readings and observations at a remote, resort 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 42,250 readings. Experts suggest it is incredibly rare to have a level of continuity at this site while scientists wrestle to ensure temperature readings from thousands of other stations are accurate. Fastcast: Drizzly.

A 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 88. Southerly winds 5 mph. Tonight: 40 percent chance of rain. Low around 68. Southerly winds 5 mph becoming calm.