WeatherBug Program will allow National Grid to Improve Storm Monitoring


National Grid committed to installing up to 12 WeatherBug® stations at schools across the New York Capital Region. The stations will keep the community safer by providing real-time alerts and forecasts to local officials, first responders and others who require real-time local weather. Information from the Internet-connected station will also help support STEM initiatives and activities at the school. 

"National Grid must be closely tuned in to real time weather changes to make sure we are ready when storms hit the New York Capital Region. WeatherBug will help us do that while fitting in precisely with our goal of enhancing STEM education in our communities and making our neighborhoods safer by providing more local and accurate weather information,” said Jim Madej, National Grid’s senior vice president, and chief customer officer. “With a more robust network of local weather monitoring stations, National Grid will be able to monitor and respond to local weather situations much more accurately, meaning, for example, we should be able to reduce the amount of time it takes to restore power after a storm.” 

Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug®, operates the largest weather observing and lightning network. The Maryland-based company has been deploying weather sensors at schools and making weather more hands-on for K-12 students for 20 years. Today, the network includes sensors at thousands of schools, public buildings, parks and other sites throughout the country that provide live weather data 24/7. 

“Live, local weather data performs a critical role in the community – from providing first responders with vital information on approaching severe weather, to informing school officials of snow and ice storms, to helping utilities better prepare for outages,” says John Bosse, Director, Energy Services, Earth Networks - WeatherBug. “We are delighted that National Grid is paving the way to make hyper-local weather data available in eastern New York State, beginning with Gordon Creek Elementary.” 

Gordon Creek is deploying an on-site weather station that measures conditions including temperature, wind speed and direction, precipitation, humidity and more. The station also calculates heat index, an essential factor when determining the safety of high school athletes and visitors. 

The weather station supports the elementary science curriculum as aspects of weather concepts are taught in Kindergarten, First Grade, and Fifth Grade. 

Students will be able to use the weather data from their hometown as they learn how to analyze and graph data for both their math and science lessons. This makes the data real to them and will allow them to compare the values measured with the weather station and their observations of the weather allowing both quantitative and qualitative observations. 

“This inventive collaboration with National Grid and Earth Networks provides our students with the opportunity to be part of a national network as they utilize the real time date from the rooftop WeatherBug station in their science lessons and in the classroom daily,” said Joseph P. Dragone, Ph.D., Superintendent of the Ballston Spa Central School District.

View real-time weather information from Gordon Creek!