The Florida automated weather network: ten years of providing weather information to Florida growers

William R. Lusher, John L. Jackson, Kelly T. Morgan

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The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) is a statewide system of 35 automated weather observing sites that collect data every 15 minutes. The data, along with several calculated products and weather-related tools, are delivered to the public via the Internet at <http://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu>. Data can also be retrieved via telephone voice message system. Data loggers, high-speed communication systems, sophisticated weather sensors, and expert personnel make it possible to establish real-time high-resolution weather observing systems such as FAWN. This paper details FAWN’s 10 years of providing valuable weather-related resources to its many users by highlighting how FAWN began, its current operational structure, data collection and access, products, public outreach, and contributions to the citizens of Florida.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283