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
- 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.