Thanks for your interest in joining the Atlantic Coast Observer Network (ACON)


MD/DE/DC Chapter


Here's what you need to do to join:

(1) Send an e-mail to Kevin Shaw at kshaw1@comcast.net. Kevin is compiling the data and puts together our chapter's monthly ACON reports. Include your name, full mailing address, phone number (optional), and e-mail address. We keep a membership roster on file and distribute it to our observing team as we get updates.

(2) Identify your station information: name of town, county, state, and if possible, the distance and direction from your town's post office. A station ID will be provided to you. Include your daily observing time and whether you use Standard Time throughout the year or switch to Daylight Saving Time when that time is in effect.

(3) That's all you need to do to join. There are no membership fees.

(4) You will receive an acknowledgement from Kevin after you join.

(5) Regarding your observations, send them to Kevin shortly after each month's end. Don't send anything to me. E-mail is the preferred way to send in observations which may be compiled in a format of your choosing such as imported Excel, Microsoft Works, or text files. You may also simply embed the observations in the body of the e-mail itself. However, if you only have hand-written records, let Kevin know and you'll be given his mailing address. As you can see in our archived reports, the basic observations we'd like to have are daily temperature and precipitation. Snowfall is also important. If you record peak wind gusts, send them in, too. Comments on individual storm events and storm damage, optical phenomena, unusual or extreme weather conditions, and other statistics are always nice to have if you can provide them.

That's it. We hope to see your observations real soon!




Questions or comments should be sent to R.Giannola