Guam DOE: Community Weather Information Network Being Established at Inarajan Middle School

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Guam – The Guam Department of Education has announced that the United States National Weather Service has chosen Inarajan Middle School as the recipient of an automated community weather station which officials plan to install Thursday, December 13.
The equipment arrived today. Two experts from the Hong Kong Observatory are scheduled to install the automated weather station 9 a.m. Thursday and provide technical documentation on the installation, maintenance and data processing and display to the school.

Students of Inarajan Middle School will now have a resource in weather data collection and be inspired to further their knowledge of weather and climate.

The exciting development is the result of collaboration between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) [see Backgrounder below].

The project focuses on expanding the Community Weather Information Network (CoWIN) to other countries of the Typhoon Committee to increase the public’s awareness of severe weather.

Superintendent of Education Jon Fernandez hailed the project and called it a ground-breaking innovation.

“This is tremendous endeavor which combines many of the elements we look for in our work to expand learning opportunities for our children,” said Fernandez. “This has strong elements of community/school partnerships, service learning and education technology steeped in Math and Science.”

“What an exciting thing for Inarajan students,” said Fernandez. “How many youngsters can say they have a weather station right on their own school grounds? They’ll learn first-handabout weather forecasting, data collection and reporting of information all using state-of-the-art equipment provided by experts in the field,” said Fernandez.

The Superintendent thanked all the groups and individuals involved in the project. “We hope this is the start of producing many budding meteorologists and future weather experts who call Guam home.”

BACKGROUNDER

About the Community Weather Information Network And Inarajan Middle School Project

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR) have collaborated on a project with the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) to expand the Community Weather Information Network (CoWIN) to other countries of the Typhoon Committee to increase the public’s awareness of severe weather.

Established jointlyin 2007 by the Hong Kong Observatory, the Department of Applied Physics of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Joint-school Meteorological Association, the Community Weather Information Network (Co-WIN) aims to assist schools and other organizations in setting up automatic weather stations to promote weather education and to provide the public with comprehensive weather information covering a wide area. The Co-WIN website displays weather information such as temperature and rainfall.

The project saw further expansion in the number of community weather stations to more than 115, with relevant weather data made available to the public via the Internet.  HKO also developed and implemented the “Community Weather Observing Scheme” (CWOS), providing opportunities for community members to gain first-hand experience in making weather observations, particularly about the change of weather during the passages of tropical cyclones.

Weather data obtained through Co-WIN and observations made via CWOS are applied by school children in various educational projects and studies.  Both Co-WIN and CWOS help to raise awareness of severe weather, including tropical cyclones.

In 2011, the HKO through the Typhoon Committee’s WGDRR offered this project to other Member countries in the Typhoon Committee including the United States.  The US National Weather Service, which is a part of the Typhoon Committee, agreed to host this weather station and selected Inarajan Middle School as the recipient.

This December 13, two experts from the Hong Kong Observatory will install the automated weather station and provide technical documentation on the installation, maintenance and data processing and display to the school.

Students of Inarajan Middle School will now have a resource in weather data collection and be inspired to further their knowledge of weather and climate.

Co-WIN Automatic Weather Station (AWS): http://weather.ap.polyu.edu.hk/index.php

A Co-WIN AWS automatically transmits weather information to the central server once every minute via the Internet. The information on the website is also updated at the same time.
 

 

BACKGROUNDER

 

About the Community Weather Information Network

And Inarajan Middle School Project

 

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR) have collaborated on a project with the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) to expand the Community Weather Information Network (CoWIN) to other countries of the Typhoon Committee to increase the public’s awareness of severe weather. 

 

Established jointlyin 2007 by the Hong Kong Observatory, the Department of Applied Physics of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Joint-school Meteorological Association, the Community Weather Information Network (Co-WIN) aims to assist schools and other organizations in setting up automatic weather stations to promote weather education and to provide the public with comprehensive weather information covering a wide area. The Co-WIN website displays weather information such as temperature and rainfall. 

 

The project saw further expansion in the number of community weather stations to more than 115, with relevant weather data made available to the public via the Internet.  HKO also developed and implemented the “Community Weather Observing Scheme” (CWOS), providing opportunities for community members to gain first-hand experience in making weather observations, particularly about the change of weather during the passages of tropical cyclones.

 

Weather data obtained through Co-WIN and observations made via CWOS are applied by school children in various educational projects and studies.  Both Co-WIN and CWOS help to raise awareness of severe weather, including tropical cyclones.

 

In 2011, the HKO through the Typhoon Committee’s WGDRR offered this project to other Member countries in the Typhoon Committee including the United States.  The US National Weather Service, which is a part of the Typhoon Committee, agreed to host this weather station and selected Inarajan Middle School as the recipient.

 

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This December 13, two experts from the Hong Kong Observatory will install the automated weather station and provide technical documentation on the installation, maintenance and data processing and display to the school.

 

Students of Inarajan Middle School will now have a resource in weather data collection and be inspired to further their knowledge of weather and climate.

 

Co-WIN Automatic Weather Station (AWS)

http://weather.ap.polyu.edu.hk/index.php

 

A Co-WIN AWS automatically transmits weather information to the central

server once every minute via the Internet. The information on the website is also

updated at the same time.