Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lake Mendota Weather Buoy

I thought I would post a quick thread about the weather station buoy floating out on Lake Mendota, in Madison Wisconsin. This device is more than a weather station and is used collaboratively by University of Wisconsin Limnology, Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and Environmental Engineering. The nice thing is that they will be posting some of this data online, so that sailors, boaters, and anyone using the lake can get readings on the current conditions. The GAMIS website can be found here. It looks like they will be posting real time as well as historical information.

What does the buoy report?

  • Wind direction and speed
  • Air temperature
  • Dew point/relative humidity
  • Vertical profile of water temperature
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Chlorophyll
  • Phycocyanin

The buoy is currently located here:


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