The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU has partnered with the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service to install a station near Danville.
“We’re very excited to have this partnership going forward,” said Dr. Stuart Foster, state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU. “In addition to serving the needs of the Boyle County Extension Service, this station should provide an excellent representation of the weather impacting the Danville area.”
The Boyle County site is the 67th station in 66 counties for the statewide network that is the Commonwealth’s official source for weather and climate data. The station is the second funded and supported through local partnership efforts; Butler County became the first earlier this year.
The station, located on Extension Service property, is funded through the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service Board and sponsored by the Extension Service.
“This is the tiered-partnership model we envision for the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU with local support to complement state funding and federal grants we are able to secure,” Dr. Foster said.
Discussions about a site in Boyle County began after Dr. Foster and John Gordon, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Louisville, made a presentation to the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association. “The addition of this new station reflects the strong and supportive relationship we have with the KCJEA,” Dr. Foster said.
The Mesonet stations collect real-time data on temperature, precipitation, humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction and transmit it to the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU every five minutes, 24 hours per day, throughout the year. The data is available online at www.kymesonet.org.
The Boyle County site will include soil moisture and soil temperature monitoring as well as an upgraded precipitation gauge, Dr. Foster said.
“We will certainly be working with them to provide the greatest service we can to the Extension Service and to the people of Boyle County,” he said. “A particular appeal of this site is that it will enable the Extension office to provide outreach activities at events conducted at the facility.”
About the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU: The statewide network includes stations in Adair, Allen, Barren, Bath, Boone, Boyle, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carroll, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Hopkins, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Lawrence, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McLean, McCreary, Meade, Mercer, Metcalfe, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pike, Rowan, Shelby, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Union and Warren counties. State Climatologist Stuart Foster is director of the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU and the Kentucky Climate Center. Dr. Rezaul Mahmood, professor of Geography and Geology, is associate director of the Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center. The project was initially funded with a $2.9 million federal grant for the Kentucky Climate Center, part of WKU’s Applied Research and Technology Program. The first station was installed at the WKU Farm in May 2007. In recent years, Dr. Foster and others have been working to build a broad base of support across Kentucky to continue development and maintenance of the network. The 2016-2018 budget approved by the General Assembly includes $750,000 a year for the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.
Contact: Stuart Foster, (270) 745-5983
Posted with permission from WKU News