Friday, June 11, 2010

Weather on the Mountain

Spruce Knob's weather station is back up to full strength - mostly. Reception often cuts out during heavy fog or storms, but most of the time you can see what the current weather is like at our Spruce Knob Mountain Center no matter where you are in the world. Our Weather Underground site, at http://www.wunderground.com/swf/Rapid_Fire.swf?units=english&station=KWVCIRCL2, shows current temperature, humidity, dew point, rainfall, pressure, wind speed and direction, and daily highs and lows. The page is updated hourly. The rain collector & anemometer are strapped to a tree that's somewhat sheltered by Back Ridge so rainfall and windspeed reports tend to be a little lower than elsewhere on the campus.

You can also view past weather data at http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KWVCIRCL2&wuSelect=PWS. For weather forecasts, go to www.noaa.gov and search for Circleville, WV. Circleville is about ten miles away and 2,000 feet below us so the weather is usually a little more extreme up here, but it can give you a pretty good idea of what the weather will be like. As always though, bring your rain gear just in case.

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