Renewable Energy and Transportation

Besides improving conventional weather forecasting, the National Mesonet has also emerged as a key tool to aid the development of the domestic renewable energy industry and improve the efficiency of the nation’s transportation network. Significant improvement in short-term wind forecasts with higher resolution make integration of renewable wind energy into the power grid practical — wind farms that lack such data can miss out on billions of dollars in unrealized operating efficiencies. In aviation, some two-thirds of the annual impact of severe weather delays ($19 billion) could be mitigated with better weather information. On the ground, National Mesonet road weather and vehicle-mounted mobile weather sensors also provide extremely high resolution observations in real time, improving safety on our nation’s increasingly crowded highways.

NMP Partners

The National Mesonet Program is comprised of more than 40 partners:

  • Private companies
  • State mesonets
  • Academic research organizations

NMP Network of Networks

The National Mesonet’s 35,000 stations/platforms include:

  • Aircraft data
  • Boundary layer observations
  • Nationwide surface data

NMP Data

National Mesonet data is used for:

  • Numerical weather prediction (NWP) — particularly high-resolution regional
  • Weather Forecast Office (WFO) short-term forecast modifications
  • Situational awareness
  • Post-event analysis
  • National Mesonet Data is licensed with limited rights