TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Each night on KMVT Local 11 News the Weather Team shows temperatures from Hailey, Jerome Twin Falls and Burley, and each of those temperatures are reported and recorded from their respected airports. But many of you ask “why are the official temperatures across Southern Idaho reported at local airports? KMVT Chief Meteorologist Brian Neudorff visited the National Weather Service in Boise to find out the answer.
Meteorologist Elizabeth Padian informed Brian that it all started with aviation safety. As the aviation industry started to boom at the turn of the 20th century and more airports were being built across the country, weather stations were being added at these airports to help give pilots the best weather information for these locations. With a network of weather stations already in place at local airports across the United States, the National Weather Service decided to use these locations as their official reporting stations for local communities.