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NYS Mesonet: 2018 year in review

2018 marked the first year of collaboration between the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA), which is part of the New York State IPM Program at Cornell University, and University at Albany’s New York State Mesonet (NYSM). In March, ten data streams (table 1, figure 1) were established to link NYSM-generated weather data to the NEWA online agricultural decision support system, available for use by agricultural stakeholders across New York State. 2018 was successful, as demonstrated by metrics provided in table 2. 2019 is sure to attract more users to these locations on NEWA as awareness grows of their availability.

The successful collaboration between NEWA and NYS Mesonet was also featured as a showcase in the New York State IPM Program 2017-18 Annual Report. The report can be downloaded from this Cornell eCommons permalink:

NYSIPM 2017-18 Annual Report: https://hdl.handle.net/1813/60613

Table 1. NYS Mesonet weather stations streaming data to NEWA in 2018.

Municipality County Mesonet ID NEWA page
Burt Niagara burt http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_burt
Cobleskill Schoharie cobl http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_cobl
Fredonia Chautauqua fred http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_fred
Laurens Otsego laur http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_laur
Sherburne Chenango sher http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_sher
South Bristol Ontario sbri http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_sbri
Southold Suffolk sout http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_sout
Sprakers Montgomery spra http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_spra
Stephentown Rensselear step http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_step
Voorheesville Albany voor http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=weather-station-page&WeatherStation=nysm_voor


Figure 1. NYS Mesonet station linked to the NEWA platform.

New York State Mesonet Agricultural Impact

Table 2. Summarized impact metrics, across all linked NYSM locations, that originated from IP addresses within New York between March 1 2018 and December 31 2018.

Impact metric Total
Unique users 190
Unique sessions 465
Unique pageviews 3524
Sessions per user (average) 2.4
Pageviews per user (average) 18.5
Contact hours 59h 29m
Contact minutes per user (ave) 19m
Contact minutes per session (ave) 8m





Lake Erie Regional Grape Program expands NEWA coverage

Grape growers in the Lake Erie region of Western New York and Northwest Pennsylvania have expanded access to NEWA grape models and resources thanks to the recent addition of new weather stations throughout the region where LERGP collaborators have been working to expand NEWA coverage for grape growers along the Lake Erie and Lake Ontario growing regions.

NEWA and University at Albany’s NYS Mesonet entered into a new agreement this spring to provide high-quality weather data from Burt and Fredonia locations. National Grape Cooperative, Constellation Brands, and Walker’s Fruit Basket also funded the purchase, installation, and maintenance of 9 additional Rainwise weather stations.

There are now 26 active NEWA locations in the Lake Erie and Lake Ontario grape growing regions of NY and PA.

Tim Weigle, NYS IPM Statewide Grape IPM Specialist, reports that 70% of respondents to a 2018 NY vineyards survey already use NEWA. Many participants who don’t currently use NEWA indicated that lack of access to model results from nearby weather stations was the primary limitation to greater usage. Addition of these 11 new stations to the network in Western NY will help reduce this barrier for growers interested in using NEWA grape disease and insect models.

Do you NEWA?

Watch this YouTube video that features Tim Weigle as he discusses many more details of recent NEWA expansion in Western NY.