Northeast Weather Association 1999
Curt Petzoldt, NYS IPM Program, Geneva; Tim Weigle NYS IPM Program, Fredonia; John Gibbons, IPM and NEWA Weather Assistant; and Cheryl Ten Eyck, IPM Computer Programmer
1) Keep the NEWA electronic weather network operational for the 1999 season
2) Solicit new members for NEWA from among fruit, vegetable, field crop, and other appropriate growers.
3) Maintain NEWAs ability to contract with a private weather forecaster for forecast information.
4) Acquire wireless phone jacks to protect weather equipment from damaging phone line surges.
NEWA was able to maintain the electronic weather network in the 1999 growing season with support from NEWA members and with various grants from commodity organizations and other sources. NEWAs membership remained about the same in 1999 but did pick up some new subscribers representing apples and grapes. NEWA continued to contract with private forecasting firms for agricultural weather products that interest our members. Wireless phone jacks were purchased for the 1999 growing season and provided relief for phone line surges induced by lightning strikes thus lowering the overall maintenance costs of the network.