STATION INFORMATION

Background
The Hood College Weather Station was developed for educational and research purposes.

It provides real-time weather data and our observations consist of automatically collected measurements of temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, pressure, and rain, updated every minute. See the data dictionary below for detailed description of all collected data.

The station operates 24/7/365, providing the latest weather conditions (updated every 15 minutes), historical data along with images and time-lapse movies from our webcam.

 
Station Coordinates
The station is located on the Hood College campus at the Hodson Science and Technology Center.

  Degrees Decimal
Latitude 39° 25' 19" N 39.4219818
Longitude77° 25' 14" W -77.4206848
Elevation (above sea level)1: 103m (337.9 ft)
Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM): 18S 291631.20993475325 4366398.760056061

 
Instrumentation Specifications
The weather station instrumentation is a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Console (www.davisnet.com) with Integrated Sensor Suite and WeatherLink.
The webcam is a stationary Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 for Business (www.logitech.com) with a High-precision Carl Zeiss glass lens and providing full HD 1080p and 8MP photo resolution.
Software and Infrastructure
  • v.0.1 (2009) Setup, configuration of the weather station and system back-end infrastructure.
  • v.1.0 (2010) Data collection on experimental basis.
  • v.2.0 (2013) Regular data collection and operation including dynamic analysis charting tools.
Network Affiliations
We are currently affiliated and distribute data to the Weather Underground network. It is a 16,000 personal weather station network and we provide data on the half of every hour and webcam photos every 15 minutes.
Our station call letters and URL are: KMDFREDE31.
Address and Contact Information

Hood College Weather Station
Department of Computer Science
c/o Dr. George Dimitoglou
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, MD 21854


References

[EAT10] Earth Tools, http://www.earthtools.org/

1 From [EAT10]: The terrain model used to find heights above sea level is from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) [USG04] which was a joint project between the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Data was recorded for 11 days from the Space Shuttle Endevour from 11th February 2000. The data used is at a resolution of 3 arc seconds (approximately 90m).