South Whidbey AgWeather Station

Have you ever wondered about South Whidbey weather patterns?

South Whidbey newly installed AgWeather Station
South Whidbey newly installed AgWeather Station

Rather than relying on neighbors and memories, weather facts are now being recorded by the newly dedicated WSU AgWeather station.  We know South Whidbey gets 10 more inches of rain annually than mid or north island.  And we know the south is the most active area for converging patterns of strong winds and storms, challenging farmers, gardeners, County Public Works and utilities. Now we have proof!

How was the WSU AgWeather station established?

Two years ago WSU Island County Extension, through the Beach Watchers program, launched a campaign to find a site and raise the initial installation and maintenance cost ($10,000) to locate a WSU AgWeather station on South Whidbey.  The station required an unobstructed site to collect accurate data that would not be easily exposed to damage.

Who paid for the Weather Station?

  • The Lighthouse Environmental Program (LEP)
  • Puget Sound energy
  • WSU Island County Extension

Annual maintenance costs will be $2500 and donations, specifically identified for the South Whidbey Weather Station, can be sent to P.O. Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. You can also visit http://weather.wsu.edu/awn.php?page=financial

Where is the Weather Station located?

The Whidbey Conservation District helped to identify the ideal site at the farm of John and Molley Peterson.  The station was installed in December, 2014 and dedicated on March 3, 2015, in honor of Molley’s father, a career meteorologist. Present at the dedication were John and Molly Peterson, Rick Blank and Linda Crow of LEP, Any Wappler, Walt Blackford and Abby Elliott of PSE, Helen Price Johnson, Island County Commissioner and Tim Lawrence and Barbara Bennett of WSU Island County.

 

This has become a great example of WSU Extension’s mission to address community needs by bringing the resources of the university to local communities in combination with solid public/private collaboration.