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NEWA (Northeast Weather Association) 2001: A Year in Review

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Project Leader(s): John Gibbons, NYS IPM Program

Curt Petzoldt, NYS IPM Program, Geneva,

Tim Weigle NYS IPM Program, Fredonia

Cheryl TenEyck, NYS IPM Program

Abstract: NEWA was able to maintain the electronic weather network in the 2001 growing season with support from NEWA members and the New York State IPM Program. NEWA’s membership increased 18% in 2001. The number of people being serviced by this membership is much greater since information from NEWA is used in crop updates and Extension newsletters. Website access by NEWA subscribers has increased by approximately 400% in the past 3 years. A new web home page was developed that provided an easier interface and access to much more information. Through the reformatted and updated website, NEWA provided weather forecasts and radar information from the National Weather Service. NEWA consolidated the web site of Fredonia with the Geneva site allowing growers to log into one site and cutting back on troubleshooting problems.