“I’m excited to share that a weather program I created has been formally adopted as part of the activities under the scope of the conservation commission. The town, through the CONCOMM will now observe and monitor weather and climate at the local scale.” – ConComm Chair Matt Lepore

The weather program is intended to include the study of weather and climate change into what we do in town. We will be working with residents with weather stations, the National Weather Service, and other partners to update and educate the public on these matters and how they relate to our environment. A couple of residents are volunteering and we are seeking more who wish to help. We will record weather data from the stations to archive and present monthly and also document storms and other incidents to include in reports.

Litchfield Conservation Commission

Weather and Climate Program

Adopted June 3rd, 2021

Purpose: One of the cardinal principles of the conservation commission is to educate the public on the environment. Our climate and weather have a direct impact on our community, its people, and its natural resources. Indeed, the conservation commission has included rainfall reports in its regular meetings for several years, so it is reasonable to expand this to include additional weather data as well as more long term changes in climate.  

Objectives:

 1) To educate the public on climatology and meteorology. 

2) Record and present relevant data specific to Litchfield. 

Activities:

  1. Record precipitation totals. 
  2. Partner with citizens with weather stations to record and save data, including during storms and other phenomena. 
  3. Photograph, catalogue, and assess damage results and impacts from storms. 
  4. Measure discharge rates and test water quality in ponds, streams, etc. 
  5. Record and share data on climate change in the town/state. 
  6. Consider investing in weather instruments for town facilities. (Webcam stream, NWS recommendation). 
  7. Appoint at least one commissioner to archive weather data and communicate with volunteers. 
  8. Coordinate with local, school, state, and federal organizations regarding training, events, public education, etc. (Ex: Drought updates)
  9. Share data with the National Weather Service through its reporting programs.