Buffalo, NY -- Decent storms moving through late Wednesday wasn't only causing the National Weather Service and TV meteorologists to work at getting weather observations, but there are also volunteer weather spotters out there. They help collect data, and one local was just awarded for his accuracy.
Jack Kanack was born and raised in North Tonawanda, and he loves his Western New York weather. "It never gets boring!" Kanack said.
Jack loves the local weather so much that he has his own weather station in his backyard and has been recording high and low temperatures, also rain and snowfall amounts since 1982. "I just love doing it, I have the discipline to just keep coming out here and recording and logging," Kanack explained.
Over the years he has found some interesting climate trends. "Summers are getting longer and winters are getting shorter," Kanack said.
For his dedication and taking accurate weather observations, the National Weather Service honored him on Thursday, giving him the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service to the Cooperative Weather Observer Program. "It's great to be recognized for doing it for all these years, just very excited," Kanack said.
Last year, North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt named June 19th "Jack Kanack Day" in the city.
So how long will Jack keep recording local weather data? Kanack says, "I'd like to do it until I drop (laughs)".
If you would like to be a weather spotter, you can contact the National Weather Service.
You can also be a Storm Team 2 weather spotter. Click this link to send an email to 2 On Your Side.