The Electronics Engineering Department at Cape Fear Community College installed a weather station on campus this summer. It’s part of a three phase project to create and develop renewable energy. The new instruments at CFCC will monitor solar and wind data that will help the school anticipate how much power they can generate with solar and wind power. The weather station reports data, and then it gets uploaded online for you to see at home. The visibility of the college's station on the website WeatherUnderground.com has already generated interest from the public. “We get a lot of people actually contacting us, and in addition to that we've helped spread awareness of our weather station by posting links on our website,” said Joe Stokes. Levi Spaven, a CFCC student, has been working on the weather underground aspect of the project. “I like the sophistication of it. I like the whole concept of constant real time data streaming. I like the technology that's involved.” Weather Underground has been streaming live personal weather stations for years. In our area, there are stations in Wrightsville Beach, Monkey Junction, Ogden and elsewhere. Many of these local weather stations are a great way to check out current conditions near where you live. Of course for your best-forecast information, you'll want to stay tuned to the NewsChannel 3 weather team. The next phase of CFCC's renewable energy project will be installing solar panels and wind turbines in the next several months.
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