The Kentucky Mesonet is a research grade network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations being developed by the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University to serve diverse needs in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Climate Center, housed in the Department of Geography and Geology, is the State Climate Office for Kentucky recognized by the American Association of State Climatologists. As a member of the National Climate Services Partnership, the Kentucky Climate Center is a partner with the National Climatic Data Center, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, and the National Weather Service.
The Kentucky Mesonet provides outreach to local communities, enhancing quality of life for people throughout the commonwealth. Outreach starts by working with local officials and stakeholders to identify sites that meet scientific criteria and provide added community benefits. Mesonet data are easily accessible and can be used to improve local forecasts and severe weather warnings, aid emergency response efforts, enhance agricultural productivity, assist local utility providers, and support business and industry.
Education and Research
Data from the Kentucky Mesonet will be available in every K-12 classroom throughout the commonwealth to support science and math education. The data is currently being used in advanced research in atmospheric science, hydrology, water resources, agriculture, decision making and could be used in many other fields. Moreover, Faculty and students in Kentucky's eight public universities are charter members of the Kentucky Mesonet Consortium.
The Kentucky Mesonet is part of a larger effort at Western Kentucky University to build a cyberinfrastructure for environmental monitoring and decision support, thereby strengthening Kentucky's economic competitiveness through advanced science and technology.