Doug Paul from Three Sisters Vineyards in Georgia told us about an official UGA Extension service weather station located on their vineyard. The station is a part of the University of Georgia and the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network. Paul said they were contacted last year by the extension service agent to say UGA was looking for a location. Three Sisters Vineyards was happy to sponsor a site. Now, you can check out the current conditions.
"It looks like a NASA landing site in between our Merlot and Chardonnay.”
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WBM writer Bill Pregler has written a couple of articles about weather stations; this product review update in 2009 followed this article from 2007. Next time, we'll check in with Three Sisters Vineyards. Thanks for informing us, Doug!
Here's some background from Doug's press release and website:
About UGA Weather Stations
The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network was established in 1991 by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of the University of Georgia. The objective of the AEMN is to collect reliable weather information for agricultural and environmental applications. Each station monitors air temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, solar radiation, wind speed, wind direction, soil temperature at 2-, 4-, and 8-inch depths, atmospheric pressure and soil moisture every 1 second. Data are summarized at 15-minute intervals and at midnight a daily summary is calculated. A microcomputer at the Georgia Experiment Station initiates telephone calls to each station periodically and downloads the recorded data. The data are processed immediately and disseminated via www.Georgiaweather.net.
About Three Sisters Vineyards
Three Sisters Vineyards' property is located in Lumpkin County in the Chestatee River Valley in the North Georgia Mountains. High elevation farming is 1,800 feet above sea level. Three Sisters Vineyards is Dahlonega's first family farm winery and Lumpkin County's founding winegrape growers. They are located on 184 acres. Planted in the spring of 1998, most of the vines are in six to seven by 10-foot row spacings. Three Sisters uses several different trellis systems, including VSP for the European varietals and GDC on an 8 x 12 spacing for the American varietals. Check them out on Facebook, including their new releases.
Talking about "weather," here are the conditions at Three Sisters Vineyards on Groundhog Day!