Walton County installs FAWN weather station

May 23, 2013

George Braun, FAWN Program Engineer, left and Mike Goodchild, Walton County Extension Director installing new FAWN weather station. Photo courtesy Walton County Extension.
George Braun, FAWN Program Engineer, left and Mike Goodchild, Walton County Extension Director installing new FAWN weather station. Photo courtesy Walton County Extension.

A FAWN (Florida Automated Weather Network) weather station was recently installed at Brown Pit off of Brown Road in North Walton County.

A joint effort between the University of Florida, Walton County Extension Office, Public Works Department, and the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, the $15,000 weather station was provided by the University of Florida.

The Walton County Extension Office was contacted last September about the possibility of having the weather station located here in Walton County. The only cost to County was providing a site to install and the use of a backhoe to dig footers for the tower. The weather station will benefit farmers and gardeners in the County in making decisions when to plant and water their crops if irrigation is available.

You can access the data at the weather station at: fawn.ifas.ufl.edu. Once on the website you will see a map of Florida and just point to temperature reading on Walton County and you will receive additional information like soil temperatures, dew point, rainfall, and other data. Other resources include aerial maps, links to publications from University of Florida on agriculture, horticulture, and turf grass. On the home page click on ABOUT and choose Links, this will give you a list of some of the publications available.