The weather station is located adjacent to the Montgomery County Composting Facility trailer. The station consists of a 30-foot (Standard Height) aluminum tower and a trailer. This equipment is installed on the top of the tower to collect weather data:
An anemometer to collect wind speed
A wind vane to collect wind direction
A thermistor to collect ambient temperature
A Dew Cell to record dew point temperature/relative
The trailer contains a data logger and other equipment for the maintenance
of the weather station.
A tipping bucket rain gauge is installed on the ground near the trailer
for collecting rainfall.
The collected weather data is stored in the data logger and is transmitted
to the County computer via telephone lines. This data represents weather
conditions in which the County’s Composting and Resource Recovery Facilities are operating.
Why do we collect weather data?
The hourly wind and temperature data are periodically used for Air Quality
Dispersion Modeling work for the Resource Recovery Facility, as well as ambient monitoring and health risk studies associated with this facility. The air quality modeling results identify the locations of maximum impacts from Resource Recovery Facility stack emissions.
The 15-minute and hourly wind data help us investigate residents' reports of odors possibly coming from the Composting or Resource Recovery Facilities.