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March 30, 2011


Weather Stations with Real-time Data

by okanagancollegesustainability

The Geography & Earth and Environmental Science Department has recently installed a solar-powered, wireless weather station on the roof of the Vernon Campus. 

The Vernon library staff has graciously allowed the readout console to be located in the library.  The console gives you real-time data including temperature, barometric pressure trend, relative humidity, wind direction and speed, precipitation, solar and UV radiation and other data.  The computer in the library also serves a data-logger, meaning all weather data will be stored and can be retrieved for forensic climatology or other purposes.

So, please visit the library soon and check out the new weather station!

Thanks to several people at the Vernon Campus that helped in the installation and set-up of the weather station:  Stephen Doyle, Bryan Cook, Gerald Schellenberg, Daniel de Groot, Gill Green and Karen Friesen.

The stations at Salmon Arm and Penticton have been installed since 2006 and the stations for Vernon and Kelowna have just arrived and will be set up this week.  Currently only the Salmon Arm station is linked to the OC website.

The goal of the project is to have all four weather stations linked to OC’s website in the next few months. In addition to providing climatology students with real-time weather data to analyze, these stations also provide a public service. 

Recently when the Salmon Arm Environment Canada weather station was inoperable, CBC Radio was using the information from the OC Salmon Arm weather station in their weather updates.

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  1. Mar 31 2011

    This is excellent. After looking at the Salmon Arm data on-line, I am wondering if we can also view historical data – or only current?

    Rob St.Onge
    OC Energy Manager


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