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Mesonet installing 45th station

The Kentucky Mesonet’s 45th station is scheduled to be installed this week in Knott County.

“If all goes according to plan, the installation of this station will enable us to meet our goal of 25 new stations this year,” said Dr.  Stuart Foster, director of the Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU. “I am extremely proud of the effort by all of our staff.”

The Knott County station is being installed at the ATV Training Center north of Hindman.

The Mesonet stations collect real-time weather and climate data on temperature, precipitation, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction. Data is packaged into observations and transmitted to the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU every five minutes, 24 hours per day, throughout the year and is available online at www.kymesonet.org.

The statewide automated environmental monitoring network supports a variety of needs across Kentucky in agriculture, education, emergency management, energy, engineering and construction, recreation, transportation, water supply management and weather forecasting.

Stations are located in Adair, Allen, Barren, Boone, Breathitt, Bullitt, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carroll, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hardin, Harrison, Hopkins, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Mercer, Metcalfe, Morgan, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Rowan, Taylor, Trigg, Union and Warren counties.

Additional site installations are progressing in Breckinridge, Henderson and Lewis counties. Site license agreements have been reached in Nicholas, Marion and Muhlenberg counties. Negotiations are under way in hopes of securing sites in about 30 other counties, including Bell, Boyd, Harlan, McCreary, Nelson, Pendleton, Pike and Todd.

The Mesonet’s first station at the WKU farm in Warren County became operational in May 2007.

About the Kentucky Mesonet: State Climatologist Stuart Foster is director of the Kentucky Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center. Dr. Rezaul Mahmood, associate professor of Geography and Geology, is associate director of the Kentucky Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center. The Kentucky Mesonet staff includes meteorologists and staff with expertise in instrumentation, information technology, quality assurance, and education outreach.  The Kentucky Mesonet also provides opportunities for WKU student employees and interns to work side-by-side with professional staff.

Initial funding for the project was secured by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell through a $2.9 million federal appropriation for the Kentucky Climate Center, part of WKU’s Applied Research and Technology Program in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering.

Contact: Stuart Foster, (270) 745-5983.

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