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1 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 Northern Arizona Mesonet (NAM)-project update

2 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

3 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).

4 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

5 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

6 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/;http://www.met.utah.edu/mesowest/  Aspen Trails  Coconino H.S.  NAU  Tuba City JHS  Red Mesa HS  Leupp Schools Incorporated  Shonto Preparatory School

7 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

8 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.


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