Laramie High School Stem Research class installed a new weather station on the eastern wall of the building on April 8, 2019.

This weather station was put up by STEM Research teacher, Jacob Greenley, for his students, and for anyone else who might want to know the weather around LHS.

“[It’s] for convenience and for our students and staff. [It’s mostly there] to see what the weather is like here at the high school. Another major reason is to use this data in my classes like earth science, space science and my STEM class,” Greenley said.

Ambient Weather WS2000 is the model of this weather station and it can be accessed online at Weather Underground with the name Laramie or the number KWYLARAM67.

“It also allows [people from all over] to look at our weather station,” Greenley said.

This device contain numerous scientific instruments such as an anemometer, hygrometer, barometer, thermometer, UV sensor, rain gauge, and an altimeter.

An anemometer measures the wind speed, the hygrometer measures humidity, the barometer measures atmospheric pressure, the thermometer measures temperature, the UV sensor measures ultraviolet radiation, the rain gauge measures the amount of precipitation gathered over a period of time, and the altimeter measures the altitude.

The barometer is particularly useful in predicting when major storms will be coming.

When the atmospheric pressure is high, there’s a high probability of fair weather. However, when the the atmospheric pressure is low, that could indicate potential storms. The barometer can also predict where the fronts may be traveling and the relative wind speeds.

One student in his class uses this weather station’s data to study possible convective storms.

Convective storms are those that usually include hazards such as lightning, heavy rain, hail, and tornados.

A bomb cyclone is a really powerful storm that’s similar to a blizzard. These kinds of storms can usually be predicted when low atmospheric pressure forms very quickly.

“This kind of information is really useful for predicting that. As barometric pressure start to fall, you can assume a system of some kind is moving in or at least a low pressure is coming over. It’s really amazing to see as the information comes in surrounding that storm and what all the different pressures look like,” Peterson said.

As this weather station is gathering data, it can be used to look at the readings from the past and compare to other future readings.

“Each storm is different, so having all the data readings helps scientists figure out what exactly is going on and how to predict it better,” Peterson said.