Automated Weather Station

Automated Weather Station

Alternative Energy Projects

The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Morrisville State College currently operates two fully automated, self-contained weather stations. The first is located at the College’s Dairy Complex and has been in operation since 2002. The second was installed in the Academic Quad and has been in operation since October 2011.  Both  weather stations collect weather data which are used in support of various Morrisville State College projects, including alternative energy projects.

The Dairy Complex weather station provides hourly, daily, monthly, and annual weather data summary reports, along with historical weather data beginning from January 1, 2003.  

Daily weather data include the following parameters:

  • Date
  • Day of week
  • Average temperature (deg. F)
  • Maximum temperature (deg. F)
  • Time of maximum temperature
  • Minimum temperature (deg. F)
  • Time of minimum temperature
  • Average relative humidity (%)
  • Maximum relative humidity (%)
  • Time of maximum relative humidity
  • Minimum relative humidity (%)
  • Time of minimum relative humidity
  • Average wind speed (mph)
  • Maximum wind speed (mph)
  • Time of maximum wind speed
  • Solar radiation (W/m2)
  • Rainfall (inches)
  • Growing degree days, GDD (deg. F)
  • Accumulated GDD (deg. F)
  • Reference evapo-transpiration for well-watered grass (inches)

The Academic Quad weather station provides similar weather parameters along with barometric pressure and several temperature/wind/humidity-related indexes.

Graphical and tabular weather data reports are available in PDF format from the Dairy Complex weather station and are updated at least once per week.  Data from the Academic Quad weather station are available in real-time and are updated once every 5 minutes.