DRI Relocates Weather Station to SUUJanuary 22, 2004
Author: Renee Ballenger
The Desert Research Institute (DRI)of Las Vegas, Nevada, is relocating its monitoring equipment in Cedar City from the campus of Cedar High School to the campus of Southern Utah University.
The equipment is part of the Department of Energy’s Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) which is a network of monitoring stations located in communities surrounding the Nevada Test Site (NTS) that monitor the airborne environment for manmade radioactivity. CEMP is a joint effort between the Department of Energy, Nevada Operations Office, and the Desert Research Institute of the University and Community College System of Nevada.
“This will bring a new dimension to weather, soil and air quality gathering,” David Tanner, director of SUU’s Plant Operations, states.
At http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/cgi-bin/ctlp.pl?cedu, weather enthusiasts can monitor the wind direction, gust speed, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, gamma radiation rate and precipitation percentages in Cedar City, by the hour.
With its new location, the weather station will also serve as a wonderful teaching tool for faculty, particularly those in SUU’s College of Science. Luck Felstead, manager of SUU’s Utility Services and liaison for the DRI weather station program on campus, and his crew are currently working on getting wireless access to the Science building.
The environmental monitoring station is alive, well and functioning,” Felstead reports. “It can be accessed on the web at www.cemp.dri.edu.”