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SUNY Albany seeking more sites for state weather stations

About half of the 125 sites for New York’s new statewide weather station network announced earlier this year by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have been picked.

Now, the state through SUNY Albany, is seeking spots to complete its roster for New York State Mesonet.

Each solar-powered station will be situated on a 33-by-33 foot square plot of land and include a tower 33 feet in height. They’re meant to be permanent and will be spread out throughout the state in generally open areas roughly 20 miles apart, according to a state document soliciting hosts for the site.

Those who think they meet the criteria, and are interested in hosting a weather station, should contact SUNY Albany’s Jerald Brotzge at jbrotzge@albany.edu.

The weather station network is designed to strengthen the state’s weather forecasting and public notification abilities for risks including rain, heavy snow, flooding, ice, high winds and other weather-related events.

The National Weather Service operates more than two dozen similar automated sites in the state, but Cuomo said more extreme weather events impacting New York over the last decade necessitate heightened monitoring. That’s why the state is starting it’s own weather network.

The data will be collected in 5 minute intervals and measure temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, precipitation and other variables.