South Bend, Ind. Several years ago our National Weather Service office was combined with the Ft. Wayne office and placed near Syracuse. While this was a great thing overall, because of Doppler radar, it did cause one problem. We lost our snowfall observers.
For a few years, the airport runway crew was charged with doing that, but that meant they had to find time to measure the snow in the middle of cleaning it all off the runways. This did not work out well. The past two years, the NWS has paid a person to measure snow, after they were trained in how to do it correctly.
That person is no longer able to do this, so the NWS is now looking for a group of people, or organization, that would be willing to take official measurements for South Bend. It helps to have multiple people since the measurements are taken 5 times per day, and that gets to be tough for just one person.
The location would have to be within 5 miles of the airport. If no group steps forward, we would be without official snowfall measurements for the first time since the 1940s. If interested, please check out the attached brochure. If not interested, but you know of an organization that might want to make some extra money, please let them know.