Since I manage the University of Georgia Weather Network, I am always interested in stories about other mesonets around the country and how they are getting funding to keep their networks operating. Some mesonets are state funded but many are not, and finding continuing sources of support can be difficult. Many people think that weather data should be freely available, even though there are many costs involved in placing the stations, maintaining them, quality-controlling the data, and making it available to researchers, students and others who need to use it. You can read more from NPR at

Meteorological Electronics Technicians Christopher Bieschke and Kirk Wilson replace a wind sensor atop a 30-foot tower at an Oklahoma Mesonet station near Shawnee, Okla. Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma