November 9, 2016
The West Texas Mesonet, a network of weather stations across the South Plains and beyond, recently celebrated its newest site with a ribbon cutting ceremony in New Home, Texas.
Located about 25 miles from the Texas Tech University campus, the 100th station provides real-time meteorological data for farmers, research, media and more. Wes Burgett, Operations Manager for the West Texas Mesonet, said each of the 100 mesonet stations has been built by mostly volunteers and cost about $25,000 a piece to construct.
The West Texas Mesonet is an independent project collaborating with the Atmospheric Science Group and the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center/National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University.
Our first station came online at Reese Center, 12 miles west of Lubbock, in June of 2000. Since that time, our network has grown to 103 mesonet stations and 7 boundary layer SODAR's covering 69 counties in Texas, also Colorado and New Mexico.
The West Texas Mesonet aims to provide accurate meteorological data for distribution to a variety of facets in the region, including operational meteorology, agriculture and farming, research and media.Twitter