Setting up monitoring stations in remote places can be difficult without things we take for granted like an energy source to plug in to. Solar powered systems are ok, but what if you need accurate information on rainy days? The USGS Maine Water Science Center solved the problem by using solar and wind power combined on a snowfall measurement device. The devices are essential to prediciting flooding hazards and projected reservoir volumes associated with snowmelt. The combination of the two systems enable the use of a ” windmill that powers our measurements on windy and cloudy days, and solar panels that power them on calm, sunny days,” says Bob Lent, chief of the USGS Maine Water Science Center in Augusta. USGS plans on installing 4 of these systems this summer, after testing in Agusta last winter.