National Weatherperson's Day

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History of National Weatherperson's Day

February 5th is National Weatherperson's Day, commemorating the birth of John Jeffries in 1744.  Jeffries, one of America's first weather observers, began taking daily weather observations in Boston in 1774 and took the first weather balloon observation in 1784. National Weatherperson's Day was created to recognize the men and women who collectively provide Americans with the very best weather, water, and climate forecasts and warning services of any nation in the world.

Many of us take weather information for granted.  Just turn on your television or radio, or check a web site and you get the weather forecast.  It’s easy to forget that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, dedicated meteorologists, hydro-meteorological technicians, and weathercasters are vigilantly creating forecasts to help you plan your day, and issuing warnings to keep you and your loved ones safe.

John Jeffries
 National Weather Service
 
The men and women at your local National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office gather the raw weather data, analyze the data, and study numerical computer models in order to issue the weather and river forecasts and warnings to protect life and property. Specialized marine and aviation forecasts help enhance the Nation’s economy. Spot forecasts help firefighters control wildfires and emergency management officials contain hazardous chemical spills. Extensive climate records help engineers, architects, researchers, insurance companies and utilities.

The primary mission of the NWS is to provide the American public with the best possible warning and forecast service to save lives, protect property, and enhance our nation's economy. Recent severe weather statistics show that we continue to improve our capability to warn the public of impending hazardous weather. Nationally, lead time for flash flood warnings improved from 22 minutes in 1993 to 67 minutes in 2011.   Lead time for tornado warnings has increased from 6 minutes in 1993 to 15 minutes today. Tornado warning accuracy increased from 43 percent to 75 percent. Winter storm accuracy in 2008 was 89 percent with an average lead time of 17 hours. Since 1990, the National Hurricane Center’s 24 to 72 hour tropical storm forecast track errors have been reduced by more than 50%. These more accurate and longer lead time warnings help communities stay safe.
  
Weather Partnerships - America's Weather Team
 
The NWS couldn't accomplish its mission without a diverse group of partners.
 
Nearly 300,000 volunteer storm spotters are trained by the NWS to provide visual reports of severe weather conditions to forecast offices and local emergency management officials. Volunteer amateur radio operators provide critical emergency communications during severe weather. More than 2,000 people annually attend severe storm spotter training classes in east central and southeast Iowa, northwest and west central Illinois, and northeast Missouri and play a vital role in our severe weather operations.  
Become a Spotter!
Nationwide, more than 11,000 volunteer Cooperative Observers take regular measurements of temperature, precipitation and other data, which is used by forecasters and climatologists. The Quad Cities NWS office has a network of more than 100 dedicated volunteer Cooperative Observers. In addition, there are numerous supplemental snow observers and rainfall observers in the area that report through the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network.
 
 

Most of the colorful weather graphics seen on television and in newspapers come from another member of the America's weather team. Commercial weather companies enhance the presentation of the NWS data and information for their clients in the media and in many weather-sensitive industries, and provide customized forecasts and services for clients.

And finally, television weathercasters are the most visible members of the America's weather team. They are the trusted faces many people turn to for weather information, and they relay the NWS’s official watches and warnings for hazardous weather.

On National Weatherperson's Day, the NWS would like to thank all of the volunteers and our partners in television and commercial weather services!
 
 
 Weatherperson's Day Weather History Reports

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...THE MOLINE IL WEATHER HISTORY REPORT FOR... | ...THE DUBUQUE IA WEATHER HISTORY REPORT FOR...
...WEATHERPERSON'S DAY... | ...WEATHERPERSON'S DAY...
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CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010 | CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1872 TO 2011 | CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1874 TO 2011
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WEATHER OBSERVED % OF | WEATHER OBSERVED % OF
VALUE DATE(S) RECORD | VALUE DATE(S) RECORD
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TEMPERATURE (F) | TEMPERATURE (F)
NORMAL HIGH 33 | NORMAL HIGH 29
NORMAL LOW 15 | NORMAL LOW 13
WARMEST HIGH 63 02/05/1946 | WARMEST HIGH 60 02/05/1946
COLDEST LOW -21 02/05/1979 | COLDEST LOW -27 02/05/1979
COLDEST HIGH -2 02/05/1895 | COLDEST HIGH -2 02/05/1979
WARMEST LOW 43 02/05/1938 | WARMEST LOW 44 02/05/1938
AVERAGE MAX 31.7 | AVERAGE MAX 28.6
AVERAGE MIN 14.2 | AVERAGE MIN 12.2
MEAN 23.0 | MEAN 20.4
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DAYS MAX 60 - 69 1 0.7% | DAYS MAX 60 - 69 1 0.7%
DAYS MAX 50 - 59 9 6.5% | DAYS MAX 50 - 59 3 2.2%
DAYS MAX 40 - 49 24 17.3% | DAYS MAX 40 - 49 20 14.5%
DAYS MAX 33 - 39 38 27.3% | DAYS MAX 33 - 39 33 23.9%
DAYS MAX 30 - 32 14 10.1% | DAYS MAX 30 - 32 14 10.1%
DAYS MAX 20 - 29 29 20.9% | DAYS MAX 20 - 29 37 26.8%
DAYS MAX 10 - 19 16 11.5% | DAYS MAX 10 - 19 18 13.0%
DAYS MAX 0 - 9 7 5.0% | DAYS MAX 0 - 9 11 8.0%
DAYS MAX -9 - -1 1 0.7% | DAYS MAX -9 - -1 1 0.7%
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DAYS MIN 40 - 49 1 0.7% | DAYS MIN 40 - 49 1 0.7%
DAYS MIN 33 - 39 9 6.5% | DAYS MIN 33 - 39 3 2.2%
DAYS MIN 30 - 32 8 5.8% | DAYS MIN 30 - 32 8 5.8%
DAYS MIN 20 - 29 39 28.1% | DAYS MIN 20 - 29 40 29.0%
DAYS MIN 10 - 19 34 24.5% | DAYS MIN 10 - 19 30 21.7%
DAYS MIN 0 - 9 25 18.0% | DAYS MIN 0 - 9 23 16.7%
DAYS MIN -9 - -1 18 12.9% | DAYS MIN -9 - -1 25 18.1%
DAYS MIN -19 - -10 4 2.9% | DAYS MIN -19 - -10 6 4.3%
DAYS MIN -29 - -20 1 0.7% | DAYS MIN -29 - -20 2 1.4%
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PRECIPITATION (IN) | PRECIPITATION (IN)
NORMAL 0.04 | NORMAL 0.04
GREATEST VALUE 1.21 02/05/1911 | GREATEST VALUE 0.94 02/05/1911
AVERAGE 0.05 | AVERAGE 0.06
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DAYS = 0.00 69 48.9% | DAYS = 0.00 75 54.0%
DAYS = T 32 22.7% | DAYS = T 25 18.0%
DAYS 0.01 - 0.09 23 16.3% | DAYS 0.01 - 0.09 20 14.4%
DAYS 0.10 - 0.49 13 9.2% | DAYS 0.10 - 0.49 17 12.2%
DAYS 0.50 - 0.99 3 2.1% | DAYS 0.50 - 0.99 2 1.4%
DAYS >= 1.00 1 0.7% | DAYS >= 1.00 0 0.0%
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SNOW/SLEET/HAIL (IN) | SNOW/SLEET/HAIL (IN)
NORMAL 0.2 | NORMAL 0.3
GREATEST VALUE 7.8 02/05/1911 | GREATEST VALUE 6.6 02/05/2004
AVERAGE 0.4 | AVERAGE 0.6
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DAYS = 0.0 72 56.7% | DAYS = 0.0 40 60.6%
DAYS = T 27 21.3% | DAYS = T 8 12.1%
DAYS 0.1 - 0.9 15 11.8% | DAYS 0.1 - 0.9 6 9.1%
DAYS 1.0 - 1.9 5 3.9% | DAYS 1.0 - 1.9 4 6.1%
DAYS 2.0 - 2.9 4 3.1% | DAYS 2.0 - 2.9 0 0.0%
DAYS 3.0 - 3.9 0 0.0% | DAYS 3.0 - 3.9 5 7.6%
DAYS 4.0 - 4.9 1 0.8% | DAYS 4.0 - 4.9 1 1.5%
DAYS 5.0 - 5.9 1 0.8% | DAYS 5.0 - 5.9 1 1.5%
DAYS >= 6.0 2 1.6% | DAYS >= 6.0 1 1.5%
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SNOW DEPTH (IN) | SNOW DEPTH (IN)
GREATEST VALUE 16 02/05/1979 | GREATEST VALUE 18 02/05/1979
AVERAGE 2 | AVERAGE 4
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DAYS = 0 26 26.3% | DAYS = 0 4 7.1%
DAYS = T 17 17.2% | DAYS = T 7 12.5%
DAYS >= 1 56 56.6% | DAYS >= 1 45 80.4%
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DATE TX TN PP SF SD | DATE TX TN PP SF SD
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02/05/2012 44 26 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/2012 33 25 0.00 0.0 0
02/05/2011 28 0 0.00 0.0 12 | 02/05/2011 24 12 0.00 0.0 13
02/05/2010 36 30 0.03 1.1 0 | 02/05/2010 35 28 T T 4
02/05/2009 40 10 0.00 0.0 T | 02/05/2009 30 4 0.00 0.0 5
02/05/2008 35 33 0.33 0.8 2 | 02/05/2008 34 30 0.34 3.2 3
02/05/2007 7 -9 0.00 0.0 3 | 02/05/2007 0 -19 0.00 0.0 3
02/05/2006 35 16 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/2006 32 14 0.00 0.0 0
02/05/2005 58 33 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/2005 45 31 0.00 0.0 4
02/05/2004 27 19 0.24 2.1 8 | 02/05/2004 27 16 0.40 6.6 7
02/05/2003 28 5 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/05/2003 23 -1 0.00 0.0 MM
02/05/2002 32 2 0.00 0.0 6 | 02/05/2002 28 5 0.00 0.0 MM
02/05/2001 36 23 0.07 0.0 6 | 02/05/2001 29 19 0.00 0.0 MM
02/05/2000 30 18 T T 7 | 02/05/2000 29 16 0.00 0.0 MM
02/05/1999 49 22 T 0.0 MM | 02/05/1999 38 21 T T MM
02/05/1998 34 24 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1998 35 20 0.00 0.0 MM
02/05/1997 29 23 T MM MM | 02/05/1997 27 23 T MM MM
02/05/1996 21 -2 0.00 0.0 5 | 02/05/1996 16 -3 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1995 17 5 0.00 0.0 3 | 02/05/1995 14 2 0.00 0.0 1
02/05/1994 28 13 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/05/1994 17 6 0.00 0.0 8
02/05/1993 39 21 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1993 34 22 0.00 0.0 1
02/05/1992 44 20 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1992 39 21 0.00 0.0 T
02/05/1991 49 27 0.00 0.0 T | 02/05/1991 44 26 0.00 0.0 2
02/05/1990 57 32 0.00 0.0 T | 02/05/1990 50 29 0.00 0.0 1
02/05/1989 3 -3 0.13 1.9 4 | 02/05/1989 2 -9 0.05 1.3 2
02/05/1988 3 -3 0.00 0.0 4 | 02/05/1988 1 -7 0.00 0.0 T
02/05/1987 40 24 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1987 38 24 0.00 0.0 T
02/05/1986 36 33 0.04 0.1 0 | 02/05/1986 33 28 0.38 3.2 3
02/05/1985 22 0 0.04 0.8 9 | 02/05/1985 19 -2 0.05 0.8 11
02/05/1984 21 0 0.12 1.7 1 | 02/05/1984 19 -5 0.01 0.1 6
02/05/1983 28 8 0.09 0.8 3 | 02/05/1983 23 4 0.04 0.4 9
02/05/1982 10 -7 0.19 2.8 3 | 02/05/1982 4 -1 0.20 1.1 MM
02/05/1981 28 -7 0.02 0.3 2 | 02/05/1981 27 -7 0.04 0.4 2
02/05/1980 25 19 0.41 5.0 3 | 02/05/1980 22 17 0.42 5.9 2
02/05/1979 4 -21 0.00 0.0 16 | 02/05/1979 -2 -27 0.00 0.0 18
02/05/1978 21 0 T T 5 | 02/05/1978 16 -1 0.00 0.0 11
02/05/1977 11 -3 0.00 0.0 4 | 02/05/1977 8 -2 0.00 0.0 4
02/05/1976 21 15 T T T | 02/05/1976 15 8 T T 1
02/05/1975 33 17 0.06 0.6 1 | 02/05/1975 29 16 0.26 3.2 4
02/05/1974 30 23 T T 0 | 02/05/1974 21 18 0.25 3.0 3
02/05/1973 38 35 T 0.0 0 | 02/05/1973 34 31 0.00 0.0 0
02/05/1972 21 -10 T T 7 | 02/05/1972 13 -6 0.00 0.0 5
02/05/1971 32 15 0.10 2.0 4 | 02/05/1971 26 6 0.32 3.3 16
02/05/1970 42 8 0.00 0.0 T | 02/05/1970 34 10 0.00 0.0 7
02/05/1969 35 20 0.02 T T | 02/05/1969 28 14 T T 3
02/05/1968 46 24 0.00 0.0 T | 02/05/1968 45 25 0.00 0.0 T
02/05/1967 30 12 0.16 2.0 2 | 02/05/1967 23 4 0.45 4.5 3
02/05/1966 26 0 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/05/1966 21 -2 0.00 0.0 6
02/05/1965 46 14 0.00 0.0 2 | 02/05/1965 40 14 0.00 0.0 8
02/05/1964 53 25 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1964 52 27 0.00 0.0 0
02/05/1963 42 13 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/05/1963 39 18 0.00 0.0 7
02/05/1962 29 5 T T T | 02/05/1962 20 -4 T T 6
02/05/1961 28 1 0.00 0.0 2 | 02/05/1961 30 13 0.00 0.0 1
02/05/1960 35 33 T T T | 02/05/1960 32 30 0.03 0.0 9
02/05/1959 28 2 T T 3 | 02/05/1959 20 -9 0.04 0.4 13
02/05/1958 33 18 0.00 0.0 6 | 02/05/1958 34 15 0.00 0.0 8
02/05/1957 35 20 0.04 T T | 02/05/1957 33 14 0.15 1.3 2
02/05/1956 38 8 0.00 0.0 2 | 02/05/1956 37 5 0.00 0.0 6
02/05/1955 37 19 0.03 0.3 6 | 02/05/1955 32 12 0.09 1.0 4
02/05/1954 42 28 T T 0 | 02/05/1954 40 25 T T T
02/05/1953 43 33 0.56 T T | 02/05/1953 37 32 0.93 0.9 T
02/05/1952 40 26 T T 0 | 02/05/1952 28 24 T T T
02/05/1951 32 1 T T 2 | 02/05/1951 29 7 0.00 0.0 6
02/05/1950 42 30 T 0.0 0 | 02/05/1950 41 26 T 0.0 1
02/05/1949 28 -3 0.00 0.0 3 | 02/05/1949 26 -1 0.00 0.0 9
02/05/1948 25 6 T T 1 | 02/05/1948 23 0 T T 2
02/05/1947 16 -1 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/05/1947 13 -5 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1946 63 26 T 0.0 0 | 02/05/1946 60 24 T MM MM
02/05/1945 28 23 T T 5 | 02/05/1945 28 21 T MM MM
02/05/1944 49 25 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1944 48 21 T MM MM
02/05/1943 46 32 0.29 T MM | 02/05/1943 45 27 0.04 MM MM
02/05/1942 35 32 T 0.0 MM | 02/05/1942 37 34 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1941 36 26 T T MM | 02/05/1941 35 26 T MM MM
02/05/1940 32 26 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1940 32 28 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1939 41 24 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1939 37 26 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1938 55 43 0.53 0.0 MM | 02/05/1938 49 44 0.48 MM MM
02/05/1937 33 6 0.00 0.0 1 | 02/05/1937 30 2 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1936 2 -15 0.00 0.0 7 | 02/05/1936 0 -19 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1935 33 13 T T MM | 02/05/1935 34 14 T MM MM
02/05/1934 39 24 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1934 35 27 T MM MM
02/05/1933 18 -5 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1933 16 -10 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1932 38 14 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1932 42 16 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1931 53 32 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1931 49 32 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1930 33 25 T 0.0 1 | 02/05/1930 30 21 T MM MM
02/05/1929 32 23 T T 3 | 02/05/1929 32 22 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1928 34 30 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1928 38 27 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1927 41 37 0.06 0.0 0 | 02/05/1927 37 34 0.02 MM MM
02/05/1926 39 23 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1926 38 20 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1925 50 34 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1925 51 30 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1924 18 14 0.47 4.9 8 | 02/05/1924 19 14 0.05 MM MM
02/05/1923 35 12 0.00 0.0 T | 02/05/1923 29 8 T MM MM
02/05/1922 44 28 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1922 40 27 T MM MM
02/05/1921 38 25 T T 0 | 02/05/1921 38 20 T MM MM
02/05/1920 32 28 0.09 0.1 T | 02/05/1920 31 27 0.11 MM MM
02/05/1919 31 10 T T 0 | 02/05/1919 26 8 0.01 MM MM
02/05/1918 34 -6 T T 9 | 02/05/1918 20 -13 0.02 MM MM
02/05/1917 12 -6 T T 1 | 02/05/1917 12 -7 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1916 32 6 0.00 0.0 6 | 02/05/1916 25 8 0.02 MM MM
02/05/1915 41 20 0.04 0.5 T | 02/05/1915 38 28 0.02 MM MM
02/05/1914 28 10 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1914 26 8 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1913 13 0 0.00 0.0 T | 02/05/1913 9 -5 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1912 15 4 T T 1 | 02/05/1912 17 5 T MM MM
02/05/1911 25 19 1.21 7.8 6 | 02/05/1911 23 14 0.94 MM MM
02/05/1910 30 11 0.00 0.0 4 | 02/05/1910 25 9 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1909 52 29 0.15 T T | 02/05/1909 49 27 T MM MM
02/05/1908 38 19 0.52 1.0 3 | 02/05/1908 34 19 0.48 MM MM
02/05/1907 14 -6 T 0.4 2 | 02/05/1907 9 -8 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1906 16 0 0.00 0.0 T | 02/05/1906 10 -6 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1905 19 13 0.48 6.0 6 | 02/05/1905 20 11 0.37 MM MM
02/05/1904 47 13 0.00 0.0 0 | 02/05/1904 44 10 T MM MM
02/05/1903 27 3 0.00 0.0 8 | 02/05/1903 30 4 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1902 9 -6 0.04 0.5 6 | 02/05/1902 10 -8 0.01 MM MM
02/05/1901 8 -5 0.00 0.0 12 | 02/05/1901 12 -6 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1900 33 12 0.01 0.1 MM | 02/05/1900 27 8 0.26 MM MM
02/05/1899 16 -1 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1899 11 -5 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1898 28 16 0.06 0.2 MM | 02/05/1898 35 13 0.12 MM MM
02/05/1897 34 27 0.39 1.8 MM | 02/05/1897 33 25 0.18 MM MM
02/05/1896 32 29 0.02 0.2 MM | 02/05/1896 35 27 0.00 0.0 MM
02/05/1895 -2 -17 T T MM | 02/05/1895 3 -21 0.02 0.0 MM
02/05/1894 41 17 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1894 40 14 0.00 0.0 MM
02/05/1893 37 14 T 0.0 MM | 02/05/1893 36 9 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1892 38 27 0.02 0.0 MM | 02/05/1892 36 24 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1891 43 18 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1891 42 14 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1890 33 27 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1890 32 24 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1889 10 0 0.01 0.0 MM | 02/05/1889 7 -2 0.01 MM MM
02/05/1888 23 4 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1888 20 6 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1887 30 12 T 0.0 MM | 02/05/1887 25 3 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1886 19 -8 0.00 0.0 MM | 02/05/1886 19 -8 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1885 37 19 0.01 0.1 MM | 02/05/1885 29 10 0.01 MM MM
02/05/1884 38 25 0.01 MM MM | 02/05/1884 35 24 0.03 MM MM
02/05/1883 13 -14 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1883 8 -14 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1882 55 29 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1882 47 28 T MM MM
02/05/1881 29 14 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1881 30 18 T MM MM
02/05/1880 27 20 0.02 MM MM | 02/05/1880 23 16 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1879 36 26 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1879 32 26 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1878 50 33 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1878 48 30 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1877 39 32 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1877 40 33 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1876 42 10 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1876 45 11 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1875 34 -4 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1875 23 -10 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1874 28 8 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1874 MM MM 0.00 MM MM
02/05/1873 MM MM 0.00 MM MM | 02/05/1873 MM MM MM MM MM
02/05/1872 MM MM 0.07 MM MM | 02/05/1872 MM MM MM MM MM
 
 
 



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