September 1, 1994 |
A computerized weather station will be installed at the the Camden County Vocational-Technical School District campus here and will provide information to anyone with a computer modem and a phone line. School district officials made the announcement last night during a board meeting. Board members also voted to provide a small piece of land for the project. District Superintendent R. Sanders Haldeman said the weather station, which will consist of sensors attached to computer devices, will provide precise data on rainfall amounts, humidity, temperature and wind.
January 28, 2001 |
Twenty-five budding meteorologists gather after school each Wednesday at the Thomas E. Bowe Elementary School, actually begging for extra science experiments. The new sixth-grade weather club has become one of the school's most popular extracurricular activities, science teacher Marilu Bicknell said, in part because the students can look forward to using the school's high-tech weather equipment and becoming the school's own weather personalities through daily forecasts. The idea for the club arose last year, Bicknell said, when she and two other teachers, Andrea Brida and Brandi Williams, received a $7,500 grant from the Glassboro Educational Foundation to buy materials for the Bowe School's own weather station.
September 6, 1994 |
Steve Quesenberry, left, checks a water collector at a weather station in Pennypacker Park in Cherry Hill. At right, Quesenberry's wife, Lola, logs maintenance data at the park. The weather station, one of eight, is maintained by the South Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council in Hammonton, where weather data are automatically transmitted via computer.
April 19, 1993 |
Joy Trauger, 17, always seemed to know where she was going. At 13, she decided she was going to the U.S. Air Force Academy to become a pilot - a fighter pilot. In the next four years, she pursued that goal with determination. An exceptional student with an SAT score of above 1400, she ranked second in the senior class at Delaware Valley Regional High School in Frenchtown, N.J. She belonged to an array of school groups; she was a champion skier and an avid swimmer, camper and backpacker.
February 13, 1997 |
Between an appearance by a television personality and discussion of a new stadium, the school board approved a project that could revolutionize life for Abington students. After a long presentation decipherable only by those familiar with computerese, the board voted to give the district a dedicated high-speed connection to the Internet, which would enable the district to become its own Internet provider. Eventually, the district would be able to defray the cost by sharing the connection with other districts, and businesses and organizations would be able to use the Internet through the schools' connection.
January 19, 1993 |
Dale Dockus, 36, is a senior meteorologist for Federal Express in Memphis, Tenn. He and his three associates are surrounded by computers that devour data, spit out charts and graphics, and plot weather instantly, not just on the ground but also in the atmosphere. Over the next several hours, they will make forecasts for the 160 cities where Federal Express flies - specifying cloud ceilings, wind speed and direction on the ground and at several levels aloft, whether there will be rain, sleet, fog - so controllers can prepare flight plans.
March 20, 2009 |
Historically, few places in the region have been more snow-deprived than the official measuring station at Philadelphia International Airport. In the winter that just ended, however, the airport ruler appeared to be on steroids. For the first time in 31 years, the National Weather Service recorded two official snowfalls of 8-plus inches in the same season, making the airport a regional snow capital. The explanation? It was a peculiar winter, for sure, but it might be worth noting that after 60 years, the "airport" measurements are no longer taken at the airport.
December 31, 1989 |
Give Mark Dill a thunderstorm to watch and he's happy. Give him a good snowfall and he's entertained for hours. A tornado can be cause for celebration. Dill is not a lover of disaster. He is a weather-watcher, and a meticulous one at that. A member of the Association of American Weather Observers and the Atlantic Coast Observer Network, the 33-year-old West Chester resident helps the National Weather Service more accurately predict the meteorological future by giving detailed observations of local weather conditions.
April 14, 1996 |
For the government's brand-new automated weather station at Philadelphia International Airport, the winter of 1995-96 turned out to be a baptism of fire, snow and ice. And like millions of people in the region and throughout the Northeast, it had a rough time. As the government had promised, the Automated Surface Observing System, or ASOS, was able to monitor the weather without the aid of human beings, who have been doing this work for more than 100 years. Unfortunately, in some cases, it didn't monitor it very well, and human beings - paid government contractors, in this case - had to back it up. During the Jan. 7-8 blizzard, for example, its precipitation sensor became clogged with snow and was essentially useless.
November 9, 1987 |
It was four years ago that Unionville High science teacher Helen Martin, with no money and no electronics experience, decided to build a weather- satellite-tracking station with her students. The project was successful. So successful that Martin amassed more than $22,000 in equipment and assets. So successful that Martin was named the 1987 International Lecturer for the National Science Teacher Association/ Association for Science Education. And now Martin has managed to get a $30,000 state grant to organize a global network of student satellite-tracking stations.