Local weather observers are a vital part of weather and weather reporting.
Clayton Towers from Bridgewater has been working with TV-3 for nearly 35 years. He reports weather information to us daily.
Towers says, I've enjoyed giving weather to Channel 3, weather has been part of my life."
Even the National Weather Service still calls local observers from time to time, and Clayton got a call from them just a few days ago.
"The one person told me, that we have all this stuff and technology we have, we still depend on local people."
Over the last three decades Clayton has also been interviewed about weather phenomenon, and storms.
He has visited local school groups with George Hirschmann, and done gardening segments with Bob Corso, and I bet he has some great stories.
Towers says, "Oh I'm not going to tell on Bob, and he's not going to tell on me either."
Clayton has weather records spanning back decades, and his weather observing seems to have rubbed off on his family.
He has two family members that work for the National Weather Service. Towers says his three children are also interest in weather.
"I have studied weather, and I have observed weather keenly for about 80 years."
His favorite weather is thunderstorms and snowstorms, and he says he never sleeps when there is expected snow. He always wants to see the first flakes.
No one beats his winter weather prediction.
Towers says, "We will have some cold weather, and some snow, and I haven't missed on that one yet."
Although weather is a hobby he loves, due to his health, Clayton isn't going to be reporting the weather very often anymore.
From all of us here at TV-3, we want to thank Clayton Towers for all of his years of service to us and his contributions.
We thank him for all of his important weather reports, and we still look forward to hearing from him on occasion.