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In 2008, the National Academy of Sciences published a report detailing the need for a nationwide “network of networks” that leveraged non-federal assets (from industry and academia) in order to supplement those from federal sources. This concept grew into the National Mesonet Program (NMP) and in 2009, it became a federally funded program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS). By aggregating data from all available sources, forecasters from the NWS are able to access and utilize data that would otherwise not be available to them, leading to improved forecasts for the public. More observations at more granular time resolutions allows for increased severe weather warning lead times during critical weather situations and affords forecasters greater situational awareness. This allows the NWS to succeed in their mission of protecting life and property and enhancing the nation’s economy.

This collaboration is the gold standard example of a Public-Private Partnership. Synoptic continues to spearhead this program as the Prime Subcontractor. In this role, Synoptic does all the heavy-lifting for the partners from contracting to aggregating and quality controlling the data to delivering it to the NWS. We are always looking for new and interesting datasets to bring into the Program. Please visit the National Mesonet Program website below if you’d like to learn more about being included in the Program. Over 40 partners from academia and industry currently take part in the NMP. For a complete list of partners, please click here.

 
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To learn more about the National Mesonet Program, visit their website.