Kentucky Mesonet cuts ribbon on new location

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-Officials cut ribbons on the new Kentucky Mesonet location in Bowling Green.

The Kentucky Mesonet has moved from Western Kentucky University’s main campus to the WKU Center for Research and Development.

The new location offers double the space, as well as a lab and storage room.

Kentucky Mesonet collects data on weather and climate. That data is extremely valuable for agriculture, business and industry throughout the Commonwealth.

The director at the Mesonet center in Bowling Green explains further the reasoning behind the location move.

“Much of our economy here in the state of Kentucky is weather sensitive. If we can help business industry to become more competitive by providing valuable weather information, and developing applications for how they can use that data better, then it’s a win-win for the whole state,” said Stuart Foster, Kentucky State Climatologist.

The Mesonet is expanding statewide, there are currently 71 monitoring stations and the plan is to add about 9 more.