Our WeatherBug stations are getting a lot of attention


Child next to WeatherBug Local schools are helping National Grid monitor and observe weather conditions around the Capital Region through the use of “WeatherBugs” — rooftop data transmitters.

Schools selected to participate, including Ballston Spa Central School District, Lake George Central School District and Hamilton Fulton Montgomery BOCES, send data from the transmitters to monitors inside the schools, allowing students, community members and National Grid to access the data over the Internet and to make real-time weather forecasts. Schenectady’s Museum of Innovation and Science, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office in Clarksville and the village of Fort Plain will also have local weather stations.

“WeatherBug helps us … (provide) specific information on local weather conditions,” said Bill Flaherty, National Grid’s director of community and customer management. “That same data is a great tool that helps realize one of our goals of enhancing STEM education in our communities.”

Twelve Capital Region stations will be set up by National Grid to aid in forecasting weather and predicting outages by measuring temperature, wind speed and direction, precipitation, humidity and heat index. Read the Albany Times Union article in full

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