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Mountain Man Collects Snow Data Every Day For Over 40 Winters

"The Snow Guardian," Billy Barr joins Cool Science Radio. Billy lives alone on a secluded site of an abandoned silver mine shack in Gothic, Colorado, population 180. Since the winter of 1974, the 68-year-old citizen scientist has recorded daily observations of his environment: high and low temperatures; total snowfall; snow depth, water content, and density; and when animals emerge, disappear, and migrate. His data and work has resulted in being a member of the staff at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. We talk with Billy about his observations over the past 46 years. Check out thisvideo from The Atlantic that provides a visual exploration of a day in the life of Billy. He's also a founder and member of the Gothic Cricket Club. Yes, really.