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Published January 07, 2011, 09:40 AM

Weather Observers

The National Weather Service is seeking volunteer weather observers in the Devils Lake region to help climatologists fine-tune summer flood forecasts.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - The National Weather Service is seeking volunteer weather observers in the Devils Lake region to help climatologists fine-tune summer flood forecasts.

Early forecasts say there is an equal chance the lake will rise 2 ½ feet higher than the record level of 1,452.1 feet above sea level reached last June. The weather service says more precipitation reports from volunteers could help to make more precise predictions.

Hydrologist Mike Lukes tells the Grand Forks Herald that weather service and state officials plan to measure snow depth and moisture content in the basin next week, to prepare for the next spring flood outlook that's to be released in late January.

Devils Lake has risen nearly 30 feet and quadrupled in size since 1993 because of a series of wet years.

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