June 24, 2002
The Oklahoma Mesonet is a network of environmental monitoring stations, designed and implemented by scientists at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and at Oklahoma State University (OSU). The network consists of 114 automated stations covering the state of Oklahoma. The photo above shows a station near the town of Butler in the west-central part of the state. There's at least one Mesonet station in each of Oklahoma's 77 counties. At each site, the environment is measured by a set of instruments (primarily weather sensors) located on or near a 10-meter-tall tower. The measurements are packaged into observations every 5 minutes, then the observations are transmitted to a central facility every 15 minutes, 24 hours per day year-round. The Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS) at OU receives the observations, verifies the quality of the data and provides the data to Mesonet customers. It only takes 10 to 20 minutes from the time the measurements are acquired until they become available to users, such as schools.