Saint Joseph’s College Installs Maine’s First WeatherSTEM Unit

WeatherSTEM picture of campusStandish, Maine - A WeatherSTEM unit, a high-tech meteorology system, was recently donated to Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and installed just in time to capture and record the Northeast snowstorm “NIko,” as well as the blizzard “Orson” that dropped more than a foot of snow on the Sebago Lake Campus and across Maine. At Saint Joseph's College, the weather monitoring unit is located atop the four-story academic building, Harold Alfond Hall, where it constantly collects over 15 atmospheric data elements, such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, and barometric pressure. All of the data is uploaded wirelessly to a database where it can be accessed for scientific research or classroom lesson plans at https://cumberland.weatherstem.com/sjc. The camera is also located at the top of the same building and users can see, in real time, the weather events as they unfold. Today, visibility is limited, and according to the measurement taken at 12:54 today, was .41 miles.

WeatherSTEM is a Web-based platform created by Edward Mansouri, meteorologist and education software developer in Tallahassee, Florida, that combines data from weather instruments, agricultural probes, Web cameras and other sensors. According to WeatherSTEM, Mansouri was fascinated by weather since childhood and created the WeatherSTEM platform to infuse K-12 STEM curriculum with live data collected by weather instruments, cloud cameras, agricultural probes, and other sensors.

The Weather STEM also helps keeps it students, and others in the area, safer with alerts for nearby lightning, dangerous heat conditions, freeze forecasts, or any other sensor-related events. Personalized notifications can be sent in many forms including mobile push notifications, text messages, emails, social media posts, and even phone calls.

Thanks to the generosity of WeatherSTEM CEO Ed Mansouri, the college has become the only facility in Maine to have a WeatherSTEM unit, and only the second in New England. Saint Joseph's College alumnus and Trustee, Michael Mulhare, whose efforts facilitated this donation said, “The WeatherSTEM system is a true asset in managing the ever changing New England weather, as well as a  great resource for education and research. The sky camera lets you see what is happening at St Joseph’s College from anywhere in the world.”

Visit the website where you explore the data and watch the time lapse video of 24 hours of weather https://cumberland.weatherstem.com/sjc# or watch 24 hours of the blizzard below:



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