October 2, 1985
Blanco’s 89-year-old weather station gets electronic update.
By Doc Mcnett
Blanco’s official weather station was updated last week by the addition of a new electronic digital temperature system, according to the weather observer Roy Byars.
Blanco has been an official weather station since May of 1896 and has been in continuous operation since that time. R.C. Crist and his son, C.E. Crist, maintained the records from 1896 to 1933.
From 1933 to 1971 W.A. Byars was the observer. Roy Byars has been the keeper of the weather data since 1971.
Back in the late forties, Col. John Forsythe, a member of the Blanco Lions Club, was responsible for the club’s project of putting up the rainfall records that ate in the Blanco Lumber and Hardware building. These records have been maintained for the public for all of these years.
In cooperation with the Blanco County News, Roy furnished information every Tuesday for a weekly weather facts section of the paper.
Roy’s job has been simplified by the recent installation of a little black box that has a memory bank with a digital readout that shows present temperature at all times-- punch buttons and the high and low readings for the past 24 hours are displayed.
The visible part of the unit in Byar’s yard’s, a sensor, is about the size of a football, sitting on a six foot pole, and has a battery pack backup power source in the event of a power failure.
Byars doesn’t predict or claim to be able to change the weather--just accurately record the changes at 7am everyday.
When there is rainfall of at least .50, Byars calls in the report to the Weather Station office at the airport in Austin. He also calls the L.C.R.A. office when we receive 2.00 inches or over rainfall and calls the San Antonio office at the U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey when the river gets up 5 feet or we have abnormal rainfall.
The Blanco station was used recently in a special survey.
October 7, 1977
Cheese Cooking Hints
Using cheese in sauces or atop casseroles? Add it at the very end where the heat from sauce or casserole helps to melt it, without much cooking. Cheese is an instant food that melts readily. Overheating or cooking will only toughen it.
Upside-Down Cheese Biscuits are a treat for lunch or dinner. Melt two tablespoons butter in an 8 inch square pan, then sprinkle with one half cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Cut 1 (10 oz) package of refrigerated biscuits into quarters and space them evenly over the cheese. Bake 10-12 minutes in a preheated 450 degree F. oven. Invert on a serving plate and let each one break off a desired serving.
This Week in World History
October 4, 1905
Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer that 30 minutes. The flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds, and covered 21 miles.
October 3, 1906
The second Berlin Radiotelegraphic Conference on wireless telegraphy adopts SOS as the international distress call. It was agreed that in adverse conditions the 3 dots 3 dashes 3 dots could not be misinterpreted.
October 8, 1956
Don Larson of the NY Yankees pitched the first perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
October 3, 1990
After 40 years of division, East and West Germany are reunited as one nation.