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Professor Chris Thorncroft, chairman of the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Department at the University at Albany and co- principal investigator for the New York State Mesonet, in the Mesonet operations center at the University in Albany, N.Y. The state's network of weather stations stretches from the shores of Lake Erie to the tip of Long Island. (Photo: Mike Groll/AP Photo)

Counting every raindrop or measuring every gust of wind is impossible, but New York is getting closer with an extensive statewide system of automated weather stations that should paint a dramatically clearer picture of developing storms, the Associated Press reported.

Described as the “gold standard” of automated systems, the long-planned network of 125 weather stations stretching from the shores of Lake Erie to the tip of Long Island is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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