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  • 1 Oklahoma Mesonet, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
  • 2 Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
  • 3 High Plains Regional Climate Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 4 Kentucky Climate Center, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 5 Kentucky Mesonet, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 6 South Dakota Mesonet, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota
  • 7 Kansas Mesonet, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • 8 Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
  • 9 Department of Geography, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • 10 Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
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Although they share many common qualities in design and operation, mesonetworks across the United States were established independently and organically over the last several decades. In numerous instances, the unique ways each network matured and developed new protocols has led to important lessons learned. These experiences have been shared in informal ways among various network operators over the years to promote reliable operation. As existing networks begin to introduce new sensors and technologies, and as new networks come online, there is a common need for guidance on best practices. This paper aims to formally provide recommendations to improve and harmonize the various aspects of operating a “mesonet,” including siting, sensors, maintenance, quality assurance, and data processing.

© 2020 American Meteorological Society. For information regarding reuse of this content and general copyright information, consult the AMS Copyright Policy (www.ametsoc.org/PUBSReuseLicenses).

Corresponding author: Christopher A. Fiebrich, fiebrich@ou.edu

Abstract

Although they share many common qualities in design and operation, mesonetworks across the United States were established independently and organically over the last several decades. In numerous instances, the unique ways each network matured and developed new protocols has led to important lessons learned. These experiences have been shared in informal ways among various network operators over the years to promote reliable operation. As existing networks begin to introduce new sensors and technologies, and as new networks come online, there is a common need for guidance on best practices. This paper aims to formally provide recommendations to improve and harmonize the various aspects of operating a “mesonet,” including siting, sensors, maintenance, quality assurance, and data processing.

© 2020 American Meteorological Society. For information regarding reuse of this content and general copyright information, consult the AMS Copyright Policy (www.ametsoc.org/PUBSReuseLicenses).

Corresponding author: Christopher A. Fiebrich, fiebrich@ou.edu
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