The University of Texas-Pan American Environmental Science Program recently launched its own weather station to record and gather the weather activity at the campus and in the Edinburg area.
"It's the perfect opportunity to combine the weather station with some of the things I'm interested in, like rainfall events and my research which focuses on looking at different bio indicators, either plants or animals," Dirrigl said.
The weather station is currently located on top of the Science Building and transmits to Dirrigl's Environmental Bio-Monitoring Research Lab. Weather conditions at the University and Edinburg can now be observed through this weather station.
"We were looking for something more accurate with our weather readings as well as something fun for our campus and for our students," said Dirrigl. "The good thing about having a portable weather station is that it can be folded up, put away and taken to other field studies."
"This weather station allows us to have a central point for data collection and as a student gives me the experience of working with my professor in a one-on-one setting outside of the classroom," said Fullingim.
The system currently in use to track the area's weather is the Davis Vantage Pro2, a device the size of an iPad which features a screen that includes temperature, rainfall and wind speed readings.
Also provided are station graphs for weekly and monthly data and other weather forecast and information provided by the host site, www.weatherunderground.com.
"I think this weather station is a great research tool for our students but also a great way to promote the environmental science program and UTPA. At the same time students, and the public, can know that there is a weather station in town where they can check out the weather forecast," said Dirrigl. "You find that there aren't too many places specific to Edinburg."
For more information, contact Dirrigl at (956) 665-8732 or visit www.weatherunderground.com.