NEWA (Network for Environment and Weather Awareness) 2005: A Year in Review
Gibbons, John; Carroll, Juliet; TenEyck, Cheryl; Petzoldt, Curt; Weigle, Tim
NEWA operated and maintained the electronic weather network in the 2005 growing season with funding support from the NYS IPM Program. New in 2005, users were asked to fill in a brief survey and create usernames on the system. This was initiated to help keep track of users. There are now 526 users in the database. As a result of continued free access, NEWA usage in 2005 rose by 62% compared to 2004. The number of people receiving NEWA information is larger than that measured by web hits because information from NEWA is disseminated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators and private consultants in crop updates and newsletters. The National Weather Service (NWS) provided weather forecasts and new forecast products and NEWA created daily degree day forecasts based on these NWS forecasts. In addition, in 2005, the Northeast Regional Climate Center continued to provide daily evapotranspiration (ET) information, links to ET maps from sites in the cooperative network, and a map depicting the Stewarts Wilt forecast for New York. The NEWA network installed and supported four new weather station locations in Eastern NY (Chazy, Clintondale, Red Hook and Clifton Park). Two degree day calculators were created to determine accumulated degree days. New weather stations are being sourced from RainWise, Inc. NEWA has collaborated with RainWise to develop a less expensive consumer line plus software for Internet delivery of data to the NEWA network.
New York State IPM Program
Communication; Weather Forecasting; Agricultural IPM