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Northern Arizona Mesonet (NAM)-project update. Diana Anderson, NAU Environmental Sciences Paul Heinrich, NAU Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research Mike Staudenmaier, National Weather Service NAVAJO HYDROCLIMATE MONITORING CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP

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northern arizona mesonet nam project update

Northern Arizona Mesonet (NAM)-project update

Diana Anderson, NAU Environmental Sciences

Paul Heinrich, NAU Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research

Mike Staudenmaier, National Weather Service

NAVAJO HYDROCLIMATE MONITORING CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP

Northern Arizona University-AR&D, November 24, 2008

project objectives
Project objectives
  • Established in 2003 through teacher training programs including Eisenhower Science and Math Grant, and Improving Teacher Quality grant
  • The objectives of the Northern Arizona MesoNet (NAM) are to:
    • Establish and maintain a network of web-based weather stations that continuously record and report weather data from northern Arizona;
    • Provide real-time access to the data to teachers, students, the general public, meteorologists, climate scientists; and
    • Integrate NAM data into the MesoWest database so the data is more widely accessible
the nam data stream

upload

Weather

Webserver

Computer

download

Internet

Wireless

Receiver

Weather Station

The NAM data stream
  • The Northern Arizona Mesonet (NAM) is a network of 18 wireless, solar-powered weather stations located throughout northeastern Arizona that upload thirteen measured and calculated parameters automatically to a web server every 2 minutes (except DPWS-30 minutes). http://www.cefns.nau.edu/~nauws/
station
Station
  • Wireless Davis Vantage Pro 2 with Solar Power
  • Sensors
    • Anemometer, barometer, tipping rain gauge, radiation shield with temperature and humidity sensor
    • Does not record snow, only portion of precipitable water
  • Display interface
    • Weatherlink (or PCLink) for Windows and Virtual Weather Station
  • Thirteen measured and calculated parameters
station geographic distribution
Station Geographic Distribution

NE Arizona Stations:

  • Doney Park
  • Flagstaff Nordic Center*
  • Hopi Jr/Sr High School (Keams Canyon)*
  • Leupp Schools Incorporated
  • National Weather Service (Bellemont)
  • Page Middle School*
  • Red Mesa High School
  • Rocky Ridge Boarding School*
  • Tuba City Junior High
  • Shonto Preparatory School
  • Plus 7 sites within Flagstaff City limits
data access
Data Access
  • Raw data from webpage link
  • Raw data from NAU archive web site
  • Database storage at MPCER
  • MesoWest ((http://www.met.utah.edu/mesowest/;
    • Aspen Trails
    • Coconino H.S.
    • NAU
    • Tuba City JHS
    • Red Mesa HS
    • Leupp Schools Incorporated
    • Shonto Preparatory School
short term plans
Short-term plans
  • Re-install Page Middle School Weather Station and DeMiguel Elementary School Weather Station
  • Upgrade Sinagua High School Weather Station
  • Get web access to Rocky Ridge Boarding School, Hopi Jr./Sr. High School Weather Stations, and the Flagstaff Nordic Center Weather Stations
  • Investigate potential for stations at Grand Canyon, Sechrist Elementary School, and Diné College-Tsaile
  • Link to curriculum developed by Joëll Clark
long term plans
Long-term plans
  • Establish data quality check for archived and incoming data (already exists for sites uploaded to MesoWest).
  • Re-configure all stations to present actual barometric pressure, not corrected to sea level.
  • Develop a computer interface system that requires less power for use at solar-powered sites (off the grid).
  • Acquire long-term funding.