The University installed live weather tracking systems on its three main campuses to provide more accurate live weather alerts during hazardous events earlier this month.
Officials said GW partnered with WeatherSTEM, and a company that builds live weather tracking units, to help the Department of Safety and Facilities make decisions about class cancellations and GW Alerts during extreme weather. Foggy Bottom, which can also be used in courses and for research at GW.
Scott Burnotes, the vice president of safety and facilities, said the WeatherSTEM systems are equipped with wet bulb globe temperature – which measures the combination of heat and humidity to assess extreme heat – to help officials make campus safety decisions that protect faculty and students. Burning the systems archive Each image is available from the system’s website, and it “encourages” the use of the data provided on the website for educational and research purposes.
“We hope our students, faculty, staff and neighbors will benefit from having an extremely capable weather station where they live and work to help them in everyday decisions impacted by weather,” Burnotes said in an email. “We encourage everyone to explore the capabilities of the stations and the data, videos and social media posts.”
Ed Mansouri, the CEO and founder of WeatherSTEM, said the weather tracking units record temperature, humidity, wind speed, precipitation and ultraviolet radiation every eight-tenths of a day throughout the day. .
He said the systems operate with two parts page that are both run by artificial intelligence.
“We use it to drive a web, a mobile and a social media platform where people can interact with football information today,” Mansouri said.
Mansouri said live weather systems can keep students and faculty safe from unexpected hazardous weather conditions. He said universities can use the data for computer programming purposes.
The company is looking to develop technology that predicts measurements for snow, rain or hail. He said the GW systems are wired into the power, but some systems run on solar power.
The company provides backup generators to make sure they still work through extreme weather, he added.
“If you are using technology to monitor severe weather and that technology can be severe, you have just shot yourself in the foot with respect to severe weather conditions,” he said.
The company is headquartered in Florida, but they can also be found in Maine, Washington and NFL and NCAA football stadiums.
“We’re working very hard to expand our footprint,” Mansouri said. “And our project with GWU is actually our first-ever system in the District of Columbia. So we’re extremely proud and excited. “
Experts in meteorology and atmospheric science say the WeatherSTEM systems allow universities to advance their safety systems and create new educational opportunities through collected data.
Jon Michael Nese, professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, said Mansouri donated the four WeatherSTEM units that are on campus – located in the football stadium and the middle, north and west areas of campus. It has been available for the last seven years.
Climatology – the scientific study of climate – and analyzes the average number of times certain weather events occur each month. The average amount of rain days or other weather events.
“There’s a lot of possibilities and mainly because of the large number of variables that are measured – temperature, moisture, wind, pressure, precipitation,” he said. “When you have all those parameters, you can do a lot.”
The cameras capture photos and time-lapses of visually-aesthetic landscapes. He said local television stations use photos that WeatherSTEM units take when referring to Penn State.
“From a safety standpoint, it’s nice to have a network of observing sites that covers all parts of campus,” he said.