Mount Mary University recognized by National Weather Service for 50 years of service

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Sister Georgeann Krzyzanowski

MILWAUKEE — The National Weather Service has recognized Mount Mary University for its service in providing temperature and precipitation level measurements for the past 50 years.

Sister Georgeann Krzyzanowski, SSND, has been the most recent weather observer and reports data on a daily basis.

In 1968, the National Weather Service set up two weather stations on campus – one for measuring high and low temperature; and one for measuring rain and snowfall. Ever since, a School Sister of Notre Dame at Mount Mary measures the temperature and precipitation between 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. and provides data to the weather station in Sullivan.

The weather stations are placed in specific locations on campus to minimize the effects from wind. Krzyzanowski says she uses the two thermometers to gauge a maximum and minimum temperature, a bucket like system to measure the rain, as well as a flat board to measure snowfall.

The weather data provided by Mount Mary University gives high-quality precipitation data to the National Weather Service for natural resource, education and research applications.