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DEAR READERS: Pupils in Tony Horning's fifth-grade class at Azalea Elementary School are true "Weather Watchers." They are gathering data on local weather and through the use of telecommunications, sharing it with other school children throughout the state. The project is coordinated by Bill Jordan at Florida State University. Each day, pupils check a rain gauge for rainfall and weather thermometers that record the high and low temperatures. They telephone the information to the National Weather Service, which transmits the data to FIRN (Florida Information Resource Network). FIRN sends it out to all participants via computer. Pupils can compare their weather with that of other schools throughout Florida, and they can compare their data with the real thing to determine the accuracy of their readings.

Isn't technology wonderful?

_ Pat Scarberry

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