A wide array of usesHoogenboom’s original goal was to have one station at each ofUGA’s nine agricultural experiment stations. Thirteen years and60 weather stations later, he now hopes to eventually have astation in every county.”The first weather stations were installed for UGA scientists touse for their research,” Hoogenboom said. “Now, every day, we’rehearing of new, unique ways people are using the real-timeweather data we collect, from helping predict propane demand tohelping farmers know the right time to apply chemical controls.”(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaA series of rain showers put a damper on Memorial Day picnics andkept students from enjoying the first week of their summer break.The rain was a welcomed sight, however, for farmers andgardeners.Data from the University of Georgia Automated EnvironmentalMonitoring Network shows that south Georgia got the most rainfrom May 29 through June 4. 60 stations statewideThe UGA AEMN is a network of 60 weather stations across thestate. The stations monitor daily rainfall, air and soiltemperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, air pressure andwind direction.The information is updated at least hourly and posted to thenetwork’s Web site (www.Georgiaweather.net).The highest total recorded from May 29 through June 4 was inAlma, Ga., where 6.75 inches fell. In other south Georgia areas,the rains brought 5.07 inches to Dearing, 4.98 to Valdosta, 4.78inches to Attapulgus and 4.19 to Statesboro.History-making rainfall”Rainfall recorded by our network in these areas is threetimes the historical average for this time of year,” said JoelPaz, an Extension agrometeorologist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The historical periodfor our system is from 1971 to 2000.”In comparison, central and northeast Georgia cities received lessthan 4 inches of rain. The weather network recorded 3.91 inchesin Athens, 3.28 inches in Eatonton and 3.24 inches in Griffin.North Georgia cities like LaFayette (1.61), Calhoun (1.08) andRome (0.97) had less rain.Paz says the AEMN weather stations use a much more sophisticatedcollecting system than backyard rain gauges.”Each weather site has a rain collecting cup that collectsone-hundredth of an inch of rain and then tips to empty,” hesaid. “The computer system records each tip to determine how muchrain fell on a given day at each site.”The UGA weather network was developed in 1991. It’s thebrainchild of UGA CAES professor Gerrit Hoogenboom.