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Lodi farmer Ezra Fiske was the area’s first weatherman

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Ezra Fiske

Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2014 12:00 am

It started in 1881 with a tin cup and a ruler.

For more than 30 years from 1881 to 1912, one dedicated and meticulous Lodi farmer took and recorded precise measurements of rainfall and temperature. His records proved grapes could be grown here to make into dry wines, and his records were used at least once to win a lawsuit. It was the consistent “official” weather record at a time when official weather agencies didn’t exist in the area.

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