The wide, funnel-shaped top of the rain gauge collects precipitation. A smaller diameter inner tube concentrates precipitation to make it easier to measure. Two inches of rain translates as 0.2 in. of precipitation on the measuring scale.
Special thermometers record the maximum and minimum temperatures.
Equipment currently in use includes (from left to right) a rain gauge, max/min thermometers, and a barometer.
A July 8, 1998, microburst destroyed trees near Red Jacket trailhead. Note the lightning burn in the photograph at right.
Two severe windstorms, a tornado, and a microburst, occurred in the park during the 1990s. The August 28, 1990, tornado damaged the Cain Hollow Campground, destroyed 200 acres of forest on Mt. Onondaga, and flattened eight smaller stands of trees across the park's southern side. The July 1998 microburst uprooted or snapped many trees on Red House Lake dam, at the beach, and behind the Administration building.
A second flash flood in January 1996 damaged the boathouse so badly that it had to be moved to a new site.
Background image: A storm on January 19, 1996, began as heavy rain, totaling 1.61 inches. Temperatures in the 40s were recorded for the previous two days, with a high of 55°F. on January 19. Water from the rain and melting snow overflowed from the ice-covered lake and creeks.
Hottest summer temperature 99°F, 100°F, and 101°F. four days running in July 1936.
Hottest summer overall 1949.
Wettest summer 1972, hurricane Agnes, June 16-25.
Longest dry spell 23 days, July 1936.
Worst windstorm August 28, 1990, tornado.
Latest frost July 9, 1963.
Coldest winter temperature -36°F. January 13, 1977.
Coldest winter overall Dec. 1976-Feb. 1977 (avg. 17.8°F.)
Mildest winter overall Dec. 2001-Feb. 2002 (avg. 30.9°F.).
*Highest annual snowfall 162 inches, 1978.
*Most snow in 24 hours 18 inches, December 25, 1978.
Driest winter (least precipitation) Dec. 1979-Feb. 1980.
*Official snow depth records from Bradford, Pennsylvania, weather station.
Location. 42° 6.024′ N, 78° 45.013′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Outdoor Museum (here, next to this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ski Jumping (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stoddard Hollow (approx. ¾ mile away); Allegany State Park's Camp Allegany (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fire Observation Stations: / Fire Tower is Reborn (approx. 3.1 miles away); Sweet Water Spring (approx. 3.3 miles away); From the Mountains of Afghanistan (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Red House.
More about this marker. A motor vehicle entrance fee is typically required during regular business hours in season and on weekends.
Also see . . . Allegany State Park - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Red House area (Submitted on September 28, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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