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Statewide weather network helping meteorologists make better predictions

February 08, 2019 03:56 PM

Many people who try to predict the future say we better plan for extreme and dangerous weather events. New York has developed a state-of-the-art weather observation system to help plan for those events, if and when they happen.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, $30 million in grant money was allocated by New York state to build a better weather network.

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The NYS Mesonet is a series of 126 weather stations set up across the state -- and at least one in each county. The idea is that if meteorologists could see what’s going on at more locations, that would lead to better forecasts -- especially during extreme weather, which is happening more frequently here due to climate change.

The data is processed at the UAlbany Command Center. The data is made available to users in things like education, emergency management and agriculture.

Utility companies and the Thruway Authority use the data to help better deploy assets during disruptive weather.

The plan is to also bring the Mesonet data into schools to help teach kids about STEM.

About a dozen K-12 schools already host Mesonet stations, so some kids have already been using the data.

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WNYT Staff & Paul Caiano

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