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Rain man gets recognition

Tuesday October 1, 2013 - 13:05 EST
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Ralph Spinner honoured by the weather bureau for his voluntary work - ABC

A Hobart man who has been measuring rainfall for more than half a century has been officially recognised.

The weather bureau has presented 84-year-old Ralph Spinner with a volunteer excellence award

These days Mr Spinner takes rainfall readings for the weather bureau from his home at Mount Nelson.

In the 1940s he used to ride his bike up Mount Wellington to take measurements from an observation tower he built himself.

Mr Spinner says he has always been a weather buff.

"As a youngster I always had rain gauges and a Stevenson screen at home and used all the records including ground temperature, humidity, the lot," he said.

He says he is honoured.

"Well I think it's wonderful and I think it's a great incentive for other people to volunteer to take readings and be a storm watcher."


- ABC

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