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Hello, Weather! attempts to de-mystify the collection and use of weather and climate data by bringing artists, technologists, ecologists and environmentalists together around public weather stations.
Two Professional Weather stations are currently in operation in New York City as part of this project, one at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and one in partnership with the SP Weather Station project in Long Island City.
The Eyebeam site is on the West side of Manhattan, near the Hudson River and the SP Weather Station site is in Queens near the East River. Both stations are on rooftops. The stations are wireless and solar powered and transmit data to an indoor receiver that logs the data and uploads it to a computer.Data from both stations is being saved locally for archiving and use in projects.
The Eyebeam station currently participates in three volunteer weather observer projects: Weather Underground, Anything Weather and The Cooperative Weather Observer Program (CWOP), providing data that is used in local and national government and commercial forecasts and scientific research. In addition, there is a live webcam of the station and updated online custom-formatted data.
CWOP provides a site for each station with several comma-delimited tables, rss feeds and graphical representations of the station data at various time scales: daily, weekly and monthly. They also locate the station on a variety of different maps including acme mapper, aprs, findu.com, googlemaps, pdb, teraserver, topographic and topozone.
Weather Underground provides data tables and graphical representations, and also provides a comma-delimited file of data, xml and html objects that can be placed on websites to provide quick access to the data.