Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jekyll's Station to Weather Storms; the Pole Would Be Able to Withstand Hurricanes to Record Research Data

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jekyll's Station to Weather Storms; the Pole Would Be Able to Withstand Hurricanes to Record Research Data

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Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS

Jekyll Island could soon become part of a private research project to measure and report weather conditions during hurricanes.

WeatherFlow, a leading provider of weather observation data and forecasting models, has asked to erect a weather station on the island. The station would capture weather information year-round and have the unique ability to withstand and record data during tropical storms and hurricanes.

"We're excited that weather on Jekyll will be able to be reported," said Jekyll Executive Director Jones Hooks, who presented the idea at the Jekyll Island Authority board's December meeting. "It will put us on the weather map."

WeatherFlow data is provided free of charge to government agencies and licensed to private interests, such as recreation, insurance and power companies. Plans also are being made to publish Jekyll's weather on the authority's Web site.

The company's chief meteorologist, Matt Corey, said WeatherFlow's 58 coastal stations fill a special niche in weather reporting.

"Quite often when a hurricane lands, normal weather stations get taken out," he said. "Right now there really isn't anyone collecting this information for Category 2 or 3 hurricanes."

WeatherFlow stations are designed to withstand 140 mph winds and, using solar-charged battery power, keep recording even after electric power and cellular communications have been disrupted. …

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