The University of Florida, FAWN and FDACS have worked closely with several weather station vendors to ensure minimum sensor specifications to provide the most accurate weather information for the growers at a reasonable cost.
Each weather station measures air and dew point temperatures, wind speed and direction, relative humidity and rainfall amount. As with FAWN stations, data from each farm-based station are retrieved every 15 minutes and are collected either through a local connection to the Internet or cellular modem.
The weather data can be viewed 24 hours at day at http://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu.
Kelly T. Morgan is an assistant professor and soil scientist at the Southwest Research and Education Center in Immokalee. He can be reached at email@example.com.