Walton County receives automated weather network

Special to The Sun

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

The University of Florida provided Walton County with a $15,000 weather station. The only cost to the County was providing a site to install and the use of a backhoe to dig footers for the tower. This was a joint effort between the University of Florida, Walton County Extension Office, Public Works Department, and the Walton County Board of County Commissioners.

Data at the weather station can be accessed at fawn.ifas.ufl.edu or just Google: FAWN weather stations and click on FAWN. 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. This weather station will benefit farmers and gardeners in the County in making decisions when to plant and water their crops if irrigation is available.

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 for a list of some of the publications available. Like all websites it takes a while to discover all the information that is available. Hopefully this new weather tower will benefit the citizens of Walton County.