District joins WeatherBug Schools Network

WeatherBug on top of Schuylerville Middle SchoolThe Schuylerville Central School District now has its own weather station. The district teamed up with the WeatherBug Schools Network and WNYT Channel 13 to install a new WeatherBug weather station with a high-definition camera and web-based educational software tools. The station, located atop Schuylerville Middle School, is now providing local, accurate weather data for use in the schools, the community and as part of a national network of weather stations.

WHAT IS WEATHERBUG?

WeatherBug collects real-time, neighborhood-level weather data from thousands of weather stations located atop schools, sports facilities, and buildings across the U.S. In the classroom, WeatherBug supports science, technology and math (STEM) content and skills development with curriculum units that leverage data from the weather station. The district received a STEM grant to help fund the weather station and will incorporate the use of the technology at all grade levels, with immediate curriculum implementation for eighth grade science classes.

“We are excited to be bringing a WeatherBug weather station to our school because it will help enhance our focus on outdoor education and bring weather to life for our students,” said Middle School Principal Katie Elsworth. “This weather station, software and curriculum will give our students the opportunity to further their knowledge about weather and climate by using current technological tools.”

LIGHTNING ALERTING SYSTEM

WeatherBug unitThe WeatherBug station is equipped with a lightning alerting system that will sound when lightning is detected within six miles of the district. The system will be activated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The system uses data from the National Weather Service to detect lightning inside storm clouds and sound off the horn right above it. The system will help warn athletes, coaches and others who use the outside facilities when to seek shelter.

“It allows us to get them off the field, get them out of harm’s way, and kind of gives us a guide of ‘Are we going to play this game tonight or are we going to reschedule?’,” Athletic Director Heath Morris said.

The district wants residents to be aware of the system before the next thunderstorm.

“With the horn – where it’s located – houses in the neighborhoods surrounding the district will be able to hear the alert, not just our athletic fields,” said Peter Riggi, superintendent of buildings and grounds. “We want the community to know what that horn is and what it means.”

WHAT THE SOUNDS AND STROBE LIGHT MEAN

  • WeatherBug alert posterOne long 15-second horn blast: lightning detected – seek shelter now
  • Strobe flashing: lightning in area – under alert- seek shelter now
  • Three short 5-second horn blasts: all clear- safe to resume outdoor activities

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Community members can get involved by downloading the WeatherBug app on their smartphone or tablet by going to the App Store and searching for WeatherBug. Once the app is installed, residents can link it to the weather station at Schuylerville Middle School. There is an HD camera that allows users to view the district campus. Residents can also visit Schuylerville’s online weather station by clicking here, or from the Schuylerville Central School District website homepage. Look for WeatherBug under the orange “QUICK LINKS” box on the right.

Click here to see WNYT Channel 13’s story featuring Schuylerville’s WeatherBug.