Network for Environment and Weather Applications 2009: A year in review
Project Leaders: J. Gibbons, Ontario County CCE; J. Carroll, C. TenEyck, C. Petzoldt, T. Weigle, NYS IPM
Cooperators: A. DeGaetano, K. Eggleston, B. Noon, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Abstract: NEWA operated and maintained the weather station network in 2009 with funding from the NYS IPM Program. Six grant projects are underway on a potato late blight simulation model, an apple IPM website, upgrades to grape models, NEWA risk management education and broad-band data transmission. Twelve Rainwise MKIII stations were added to the network and airport weather data was made available from the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC). Twenty-five talks on NEWA were given, reaching an estimated audience of 1140. The newly upgraded web site was launched November. Improvements were based on input from extension educators who will train growers on using the new website in 2010. The NRCC continued quality control and data archiving in their ACIS database, running IPM forecast models, providing hourly data, daily weather summaries, and degree days. The apple disease models now utilize NWS forecasted data to predict model results for the next five days.