In 2009 the Lyndon Department of Atmospheric Sciences moved into a new facility designed specifically for our department.
We have two new labs dedicated to our program. Students in these labs can work with real-time weather data on workstations running Linux or Windows. Instructors have full multimedia presentation capabilities.
As part of our new building, we have a 2,000 square foot observation deck just down the hall from our classrooms. The highest point on campus, the observation deck affords a huge, 360 degree view of the sky.
24/7 Weather Center
When not in class, students are able to work in our new Weather Center that is available 24/7. This lab has computers that are configured with the same software as the classrooms. The Weather Center is also the home to our digital map wall.
Because of the extensive computing needs of the department we have a dedicated systems administrator who manages our classrooms, data servers and department web server.
On campus we have a weather station recording data continuously throughout the day and night. We have years of data archived that our students can view or use for study.
Live Weather Broadcasting
In addition to our department facilities, students majoring in the broadcast concentration will have access to Lyndon’s TVS department facilities. This includes their full television studio where daily live broadcasts are created by ATM and TVS majors.
Our broadcast students use WSI’s Weather Producer system to create graphics for their on-air forecasts. Lyndon was the first participant in WSI’s “WSI on Campus” program.
Our WSI system was acquired with the assistance of James Roemer, a department alumnus and president of WeatherRisk Institute, Inc. and BestSkiWeather.com.
Parallel Computing Clusters
We have two parallel computing clusters for running our own, in-house forecast models. Both clusters were donated to us by Brown Univerisity.
The first cluster, “Troy,” is used to run forecast models twice daily using the WRF model. The output from this model is used for educational purposes, to aid in some of our forecasting projects and graphics are made available on our web site.
The second cluster, “Homer,” is currently under development and will take over the role that Troy has been filling. Once complete, this will leave Troy available for research, classroom experiments, and other short-term projects.