At Kansas State University
In order to respond and react to the weather, we must understand an array of conditions that are ongoing at any given time. Kansas Mesonet is a network of weather stations that measure in-situ environmental variables such as temperatures, wind, solar radiation, soil moisture and more. Measurements focus on observing mesoscale phenomenon across the state at a higher density than other meteorological networks are capable of achieving. Data is available in real-time and free to the public via the program’s open-source website. Uses of the data expand across numerous disciplines including warning dissemination, recreation, insurance claims, and even criminal cases. Historical data is also stored to provide users insight to past climates, as well as context and perspective on significant weather events of the past.