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The Town Board has been approached to place a Weather Station at the Senior Center,below is the correspondence.



November 18th 2015

Dear Town of Highland,

On January 7,2014 New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced with Vice President Biden, the NYS Early Warning Weather Detection System (also know as the New York Statewide Mesonet) which is being developed by the University at Albany's internationally recognized Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Science and Atmospheic Science Research Center.

Over the next three years, the University at Albany will be implementing a 125-station  weather observation network across the State. While working closely with the National Weather Service and NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the University is selecting sites based on internationally accepted meteorological and scientific standards. Once implemented, this advanced weather observation network will improve the accuracy and reliability of weather predicton, especially during extreme weather events

also anticipated that these weather stations will provide a broad array of community benefits including new educational, research and discovery opportunites and better weather forecasts for local residents. Each weather station will measure wind, temperature , relative humidity, solar radiation, pressure, soil moisture and temperature. To properly measure these variable, great care must be taken to ensure the highest data quality. For example,each station must be at least 300 feet from the nearest tall obstacles or potential heat sources. Most sensors will be mounted on a 33 ft. tower at the center of a 33ft.x33ft plot tof land. Each site is solar powered with real time communications . Upon completion real time  data along with graphical products/models will be available to the public via our website Note that this system is designed to be a permanent network providing New York with critical data for years to come . The University at Albany will pay for any costs associated with the installation and will handle all of the maintenance and repair associated

Best Regards,

Jerry Brotzge PhD

Program Manager

NYS Mesonet

New York State Mesonet Weather Observing Network

Dr. Jerald Brotzge – NYS Mesonet Project Manager


The New York State (NYS) Mesonet or Early Warning Weather Detection System is an advanced, statewide weather station network. This network will be the first of its kind in New York and will consist of up to 125 surface weather stations that will detect weather phenomena across the entire state.  This weather detection system will provide federal, state, and local communities with access to high-resolution, real-time data, and more robust predictive models.

  • Each station will measure temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation, solar radiation, atmospheric pressure, and soil moisture/temperature at three depths.
  • 17 of these sites will have instrumentation to measure vertical profiles of wind, temperature, and moisture.
  • 20 of these sites will measure snow depth and snow water equivalent for hydrological applications.
  • All data will be transmitted in real-time to a central location, quality controlled, and then disseminated to the public via our website – – every five minutes.
  • The NYS Mesonet will support more accurate and precise decision-making in agriculture, emergency management, energy, ground transportation and aviation (e.g. soil moisture and temperature data will improve irrigation efficiency and various pest models will be improved).
  • The NYS Mesonet will partner with Cornell University to improve upon already-implemented agricultural models created by Cornell University’s NEWA Program and develop new ones.
  • Each station consists of a 33 ft tower centered within a 33 ft x 33 ft plot of land.  To ensure the highest quality of data each station must be at least 300 feet from the nearest obstacle (tall trees, buildings, etc.) or potential heat sources (pavement).
  • The NYS Mesonet currently has site hosts in the region located in: Woodbourne (Sullivan County), North Branch (Sullivan County), Otisville (Orange County), Warwick (Orange County), Claryville (Ulster County), and Wallkill (Ulster County)
  • Installations are currently underway with the whole network planned to be complete by the end of 2016.
  • The University at Albany will pay for any expenses associated with installation and maintenance of each station.

If you would be interested in hosting a Mesonet site, please contact Dr. Jerald Brotzge at  If you would like to learn more about the NYS Mesonet, please visit our website at



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