The NJWxNet is one of a growing number of regional networks that have appeared in recent years to serve the ever growing needs of the local citizenry for high spatial and temporal resolution environmental information. Some of these networks are under the purview of state climate offices, and data from all networks are frequently used by state climatologists to address weather and climate issues and inquiries. The NJWxNet is a rather unique network of networks, in that it includes data gathered from over 40 stations operated by the ONJSC, along with more than 50 stations maintained by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the US Forest Service, the NJ Department of Transportation, the NJ Turnpike Authority, Stevens Institute of Technology and others. Within minutes of the observation being taken, the ONJSC processes the raw data into a common database. Quality-controlled data and derived products are made available for display in colorful maps and tables via the NJWxNet web site (http://climate.rutgers.edu/njwxnet).
As found within other state climate offices, ONJSC personnel have the technical expertise in station installation and maintenance, data management and display, and geographic information systems to operate an environmental network. State offices also possess the detailed knowledge of the weather and climate of their region to address applied issues or advise others how to best utilize network information for particular endeavors
This contribution will discuss the development, operation and future of the NJWxNet. Examples of the trials and tribulations of securing funds for the network, and of the myriad of network applications will be presented.