Sunday, December 09, 2007

Weather Station

As part of the Audubon Center at the Francis Beidler Forest's efforts to incorporate GLOBE into our education program, we installed a weather data station in the powerline right-of-way just north of the nature center.

The station is painted white to reflect solar radiation and has slated sides to allow air to flow through in order to obtain an accurate air temperature reading. Also inside the station is a digital maximum/minimum thermometer that can record those readings over a week's time as well as the soil temperature via a soil probe. Nearby is a rain gauge that will be considerably more accurate than the rain gauge mounted at the nature center's entrance, since the gauge at the powerline will not have any overhanging tree limbs to block rain from or funnel rain into the gauge.

Not only will this weather station provide the staff a more accurate data, it will allow visiting students an opportunity to address various state science standards as they assist in the data collection.

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