On November 15, staff from NCICS and NOAA NCEI joined faculty, staff, and students from Isaac Dickson Elementary School (IDES) to install an automated, wireless weather observation station on the campus of the school. Information from the station will be displayed on a screen, which will show both real-time data and historical changes over time. The goal is to broaden the students’ exposure to weather and climate data and analysis and to foster discussions of the value of this information as part of the school’s program on understanding climate impacts and opportunities.
Jessica Matthews and Jenny Dissen from NCICS were on hand for the installation, along with Matt Menne from NCEI, who also serves on the parent-teacher organization at IDES. They joined IDES Principal Brad Johnson and several teachers and students to help with the installation.
Menne and several NCICS scientists and staff are currently working on plans to expand this weather monitoring network to other schools in Asheville and Buncombe County.