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Public Safety

OK-First has been recognized for its innovative approach in providing instant access to a wealth of vital weather data for public safety agencies. A winner of Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government Award in 2001, OK-First also provides instructional resources for the public safety community. The information available through OK-First is critical for the protection of life and property, as evidenced by the tornado outbreak of May 3, 1999 and numerous flooding, winter weather, and wildfire events.

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Agriculture

Agweather is a cooperative project between Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

The professionals and faculty from these three institutions bring together expertise in the areas of meteorology, climatology, agricultural production, and natural resource management. This professional team works together to provide Oklahoma citizens with the Oklahoma Mesonet, one of the finest weather data collection and reporting systems in the world. The Oklahoma Mesonet brings together the expertise from Oklahoma’s two major universities to create a single winning Oklahoma team.

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Lawn Irrigation

SIP is the acronym for “Simple Irrigation Plan.” The Simple Irrigation Plan uses data from the Oklahoma Mesonet to scientifically estimate lawn grass water use. This takes the “guesswork” out of when and how long to water a lawn.

SIP uses weather data from the Oklahoma Mesonet to estimate the water use of Oklahoma lawns. With one hundred and twenty Mesonet sites, you’ll find one close by. With forecasts from the National Weather Service, SIP estimates water use for up to 3 1/2 days ahead.

The Simple Irrigation Plan can tell you when and how long to water bermudagrass, zoysiagrass or tall fescue. You can select from a wide variety of hose end sprinklers or automatic sprinkler systems.

A watering Cost Calculator is included, so you can estimate what it costs to water your lawn.

Fresh, clean water has always been a precious resource. SIP is an online tool that can improve water use efficiency. Just as important as knowing when to water, SIP can also tell you when not to water.

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K-12 Education

OCS provides accurate, useful, and exciting learning activities using meteorology, environmental data, high quality software, and telecommunications. OCS staff have been working side-by-side with Oklahoma teachers since 1992 to help bring real-time weather data to even the most rural of schools.

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Wildland Fire Management

OK-FIRE is a weather-based decision support system which has been developed for wildland fire managers throughout Oklahoma. Applications include both wildfire and prescribed fire. Users include the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Weather Service, Oklahoma Forestry Services Division, The Nature Conservancy, fire departments, emergency managers, and private landowners. OK-FIRE products utilize the Oklahoma Mesonet, the state’s automated weather station network, and the National Weather Service’s 84-hour North American Mesoscale (NAM) model.

OK-FIRE has a three-fold emphasis: (1) a comprehensive suite of products for fire weather, fire danger, and smoke dispersion which incorporate an 84-hour predictive component; (2) a dedicated OK-FIRE wildland fire management web site to act as the delivery mechanism for the above products; and (3) regional training and customer support activities for users.

Funding to develop OK-FIRE was initially provided by a federal grant in 2005 (# 05-2-1-81) from the Joint Fire Science Program. Dr. J. D. Carlson (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, OSU, Stillwater) was PI on the grant and Dr. Terry Bidwell (Natural Resource Ecology and Management, OSU, Stillwater), the co-PI. OK-FIRE is now an established program of the Oklahoma Mesonet.

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Mesonet Mobile

The Mesonet now fits in your pocket.

The new Mesonet Mobile site is designed to provide local, reliable weather information while you’re on the go.

The mobile website is accessible on internet capable cell phones. On your mobile device, visit www.mesonet.org and you will automatically be redirected to the mobile website or visit m.mesonet.org.

The mobile website features:

  • Local forecasts
  • Radar images
  • Current weather information
  • Link to the full Mesonet website
  • Contact information and more

If you have questions or feedback, please e-mail operator@mesonet.org or call 405-325-3231.

 

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Research

The Oklahoma Mesonet conducts cutting edge research utilizing its high resolution and research quality data. From data mining and statistical analyses to field projects and instrument evaluations, the Mesonet strives to better understand Oklahoma’s dynamic weather and remain abreast of new meteorological technologies.

 

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