Cape Cod, Massachusetts. USA — The 2009 Installation Season for WeatherFlow???s Hurricane Network is in full swing as the some of the season???s last winter storms pass across the northeastern United States.
Officially referred to as Phase Two of the Hurricane Network, this second group of 50 hurricane-hardened stations builds on the success of the initial 50 installed in 2008???s Phase One.
Lessons learned in last year???s installation process have reduced the amount of time and equipment it takes to install the customized sensor packages and the 10 meter concrete poles on which they are mounted.
This season???s program was kicked off in December with the installation of 7 Hurricane Network stations in the New Orleans area and along the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coastlines.
The last week of March saw installation of poles and sensor packages in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
In coming weeks, the installation teams will be moving south along the coastline, targeting stations in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, with completion planned before the start of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season on June 1st.
About The WeatherFlow Hurricane Network
Begun in 2007 in response to emerging needs in the fields of civil engineering, emergency management, hurricane research, and risk mitigation, the WeatherFlow Hurricane Network will install its 100th station by April 2009.
A specialized component of the WeatherFlow Coastal Mesonet, these stations are placed near coastal urban concentrations and are specifically designed to withstand the conditions associated with a land falling hurricane.
With instruments designed to survive winds of 140 mph, these stations are fully self sufficient – no external power or communications devices are needed.
The WeatherFlow Hurricane Network got its most robust real world test in September 2008, when Hurricane Ike made landfall on the Texas coastline with wind gusts over 110 mph.
All 7 WeatherFlow Hurricane Network stations in the Houston/Galveston region stayed on line and collected data throughout the storm – a 100% success rate that is a testament to the planning and preparation that went in to these stations.
WeatherFlow is the industry leader in accurately monitoring, modeling, and forecasting wind and weather conditions throughout the highly variable, complex, and data sparse coastal zone. Starting with our one-of-a-kind coastal mesoscale observing network, our highly experienced meteorologists, engineers, and IT professionals then integrate weather and oceanographic data from official sources, incorporate data from our high resolution coastal weather model, and finally apply decades worth of coastal forecasting experience.
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