For all of us "weather nuts," we now have an Official Hamilton temperature again - thanks to a partnership between NOAA and the Bitterroot College. An officially-sanctioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather station for Hamilton has been missing for a number of years. We remember a long time ago, official temperature readings at the Rocky Mountain Labs. During the 1990s, a station had been set up at KLYQ Radio, then in the early 2000s at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds and then at the Ravalli County Airport in Hamilton. After that, there was a gap until about a year ago, when the Bitterroot College partnered with NOAA to start tracking the temperatures and work toward other weather recordings. The temperature readings recently went digital with help from a Bitterroot College computer program and a GAJ Technology webpage. Yes, it's online.

The site is on the western outskirts of Hamilton and the reading is updated every five minutes. When you go to the Bitterroot College website, you can "click" on the round NOAA Logo (on the lower right of the home page, above the college logo) to see the temperature. To check further readings, you'll need to "refresh" the page or just log in again. For those of us who report the temperatures, we appreciate the new service provided our own local college. We'll be using the numbers on KLYQ 1240 AM on our 7:30 a.m. newscasts.