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New Jersey Weather and Climate Network
Web: http://climate.rutgers.edu/njwxnet
Data are available online or can be obtained by contacting the network contact individual.
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The New Jersey Weather and Climate Network (NJWxNet) is the most spatially dense state mesonet in the country. It serves as a comprehensive information resource for NJ weather and climate monitoring, weather forecasting, and weather/climate-related decision making. This unique “network of networks”, includes data gathered from approximately 40 stations operated by the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist (ONJSC), along with more than 100 stations maintained by the National Weather Service (NWS), the U.S. Geological Survey, the US Forest Service, the NJ Department of Transportation, Stevens Institute of Technology and others. There are over 40 NJWxNet stations within 50 km of New York City, most observing multiple variables (e.g., temperature, precipitation, wind, humidity), a small number only recording precipitation. At the ONJSC, raw data are processed into a common database, with data and derived products made available in colorful maps, graphs and tables via the NJWxNet web site (http://climate.rutgers.edu/njwxnet) within minutes of an observation. NWS station observations from adjacent states are also ingested and displayed, with the potential for integrating out of state data from other networks into NJWxNet operations. The ONJSC maintains two networks within the NJWxNet. The NJ Mesonet is a 15-station network. It is modeled off many successful mesonets, including the Oklahoma Mesonet, the premiere mesonet in the world. NJ Mesonet stations have top-grade equipment (“powered” by Campbell Scientific Inc. data loggers) and siting characteristics that meet World Meteorological Organization standards. NJ Mesonet stations are located from High Point in forested northwest, to Jersey City in the urban northeast, to Berkeley Township in the Pinelands, to Upper Deerfield in the agricultural southwest. The 30 station NJ SafetyNet primarily uses Peet Brothers, Inc. equipment. The exception is the use of the same heated tipping bucket precipitation gage as at Mesonet stations. SafetyNet instruments are accurate and reliable, but in some cases do not meet research-quality standards. Many SafetyNet stations are located at State Police barracks and local emergency management offices. Siting specifications are less stringent than for Mesonet stations, with instruments often situated within heavily populated or somewhat unique locations. However, whether it is temperature, precipitation or wind observations, these sites must meet minimum siting standards. Communication with stations in each network is via cellular communication (CDMA).
Dr. David A. Robinson
Rutgers University/Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist
Office of the NJ State Climatologist Department of Geography Rutgers University, 54 Joyce Kilmer Av. Piscataway, NJ 08854
Network NameNJ NJWxNet
Facility TypeNetwork Collective
LocationNew Jersey
Number of Stations~100
Map of Stationshttp://climate.rutgers.edu/njwxnet/stationMap.jsp
Parameters (Most)temperature precipitation barometric pressure humidity wind speed and direction
Paramters (Limited)solar radiation soil temperature soil moisture
Period of Recordsome data back to late 1990s, most over the past 5 years
Temporal Resolutionhourly
Data Seasonevery hour
Data Availabilitywithin minutes
Other Purposesemergency response, education, forecasting
Robinson, D.A. (2005) The New Jersey Weather and Climate Network: providing environmental information for a myriad of applications. Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Applied Climatology, Savannah, GA, American Meteorological Society, J2.1, 8pp.
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8 Sep 2009 08:52