The weather isn’t just small talk at Cape Fear Community College. Faculty and students recently installed a weather station at the North Campus in Castle Hayne. The station records a wide variety of weather conditions, including temperature, wind speed, humidity, UV index and rainfall.
Faculty and students in the computer engineering program and electronics engineering program installed and networked the equipment and the results are available at weatherunderground.com.
The station is the first stage in a larger project to create, capture and measure alternative energy. The data collected using the weather station will be used to determine what kinds of wind generators and solar panels will be needed. Once the project is complete, students will use the energy collected with alternative energy to run lab equipment on campus.