Midland’s new weather station is up and running
Midland recently acquired a solar powered professional-grade weather station which, after installation on Thursday October 30 (the day before our first rain of the season) by Jeff Goddard and Junior Graham Mills, is now automatically recording data from the top of Serpentine Mountain and transmitting it to the web.
The station will be used to collect data for classes and ecological research on Midland’s population of the rare Santa Barbara Jewelflower. It was funded by the National Science Foundation, through a multi-year research grant to Dr. Alan Pepper (Texas A&M Univ.), who is heading up the Jewelflower study.
On its first full day in operation the station recorded 0.89” of much needed rain, the first of the season, and the first significant rainfall in the area since March 1st.
See photos of the installation by Jeff and Graham.