More Sensors. More Data. Better Decisions.

A world-class network of environmental monitoring stations.

In January 2014, the Department of Homeland Security established the New York State Early Warning Weather Detection System. The centerpiece of the system is the New York State Mesonet, a network of 126 weather stations across the state, with at least one site in every county and borough. Each site measures temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, pressure, solar radiation, snow depth, and soil information. Special subsets of 17 sites provide additional atmospheric data in the vertical (up to 2 miles above ground), flux (the amount of heat and moisture exchange near the ground) and snow water content information. All data are collected, archived, and processed in real-time, feeding weather prediction models and decision-support tools for users across the greater New York region.


How it Works


The New York State Mesonet consists of 126 stations across the state. Each station houses a suite of automated sensors, sampling data every 3 to 30 seconds. Data are then packaged into 5 minute averages, and then transmitted in real-time to a central facility located at the University at Albany (UAlbany). At UAlbany, data from all sites are quality-controlled, and then processed into files which are then disseminated to customers for use in forecasting and decision-making.

Hardware

  • Over 1,670 sensors produce over 500,000 observations per day
  • In-house calibration
  • Routine Field Maintenance

Software

  • 24/7 data ingest
  • Automated quality control
  • Automated file generation
  • Real-time visualization

Product Generation

  • Real-time data feed to partners
  • Real-time 3D analyses
  • Short-term, regional forecasts
  • Value-added products for Emergency Management, Transportation, Energy, Education, and Agriculture

THE PARTNERS

The New York State Mesonet is designed, implemented and operated by scientists at the State University of New York at Albany with support from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.



High Definition Analyses and Forecasts

Data and derived products from the New York State Mesonet improve weather analysis and prediction, empower emergency management, expand education and research opportunities, and enable more efficient economic decisions.

Weather

The Mesonet provides four-dimensional data and imagery of the weather, allowing more accurate, more reliable forecasts and decision-making.

Emergency Management

Emergency managers have access to immediate weather information across urban and rural New York, making for safer, more effective disaster preparation and response.

Research and Education

As an “end-to-end” system, the New York State Mesonet provides a truly unique learning environment, with research activities ranging from the physical sciences (climate, micrometeorology, instrumentation, numerical weather prediction) to computer science, mathematics, economics, and sociology.

Industries

Data from the Mesonet are expected to save millions of dollars through more efficient, more cost-effective road weather mitigation, aviation services, agricultural practices, and energy production.

Media Queries

Please direct all media queries to the University at Albany's Office of Media Relations, (518) 956-8150 or mediarelations@albany.edu.

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