4.6 An Introduction To The New York State Mesonet

Monday, 27 June 2016: 4:30 PM
Adirondack ABC (Hilton Burlington )
Nick Bassill, New York State Mesonet, Albany, NY

New York State is currently installing a sophisticated mesonet across the state consisting of 125 surface stations with a wide variety of instruments, a network of 17 vertical profiling sites, as well as separate snow and flux networks. As of the writing of this abstract, site selection is complete and roughly 25 surface sites are currently installed, with an expectation that all networks will be completed by the end of 2016. Collectively, these networks will record a wide variety of measurements useful for numerous applications. Furthermore, the placement of the various sites is such that a significant range of land-types, soil-types, topography, and weather regimes are represented. This includes, but is not limited to, sites in valleys, plains, coastal locations, the Adirondacks, Catskills, and other mountainous locations. This data will also be used to develop a sophisticated real-time analysis system. The goal of this system is to produce high-resolution analyses both spatially (3 km) and temporally (1 h) for New York State and its vicinity.

This presentation will describe the mesonet, as well as the current state of its installation. Several interesting meteorological cases will also be shown which highlight many interesting features of the data being gathered.

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