Weather wonks (anyone remember Dr. George Fishbeck?) will have a hard time getting a close look at the city’s first remote automated weather station atop Mount Washington. The $15,400 station – which was unveiled Friday morning by councilmen Jose Huizar and Ed Reyes – is composed of several pieces of equipment that are attached to an existing radio tower encircled by a tall fence. The big box pictured at top acts as the “brain” of the station, according to Huizar spokesman Rick Coca. The picture at right shows a fire-danger sensor that helps estimate the moisture in wood. Together these pieces of equipment will help provide more accurate and timely information about weather conditions that could prompt officials to declare a Red Flag fire danger warning and parking restrictions for Mount Washington, Coca said.
Mount Washington weather station information is available online. The station reports that – as of 10 AM today – it was already 90 degrees.
Photos courtesy Council District 14