Mount Holyoke College hosts five weather stations to investigate the differences in campus microclimates. The oldest weather station is located on top of the Clapp Lab building, and was installed in 1999. The college installed three more weather stations on Prospect Hill in 2002; the most recent station is near the Project Stream restoration site around Upper Lake in 2016. Variations in climate within small geographic areas, or even between the top and bottom of a leaf, are important to a variety of organisms.
Data from these weather stations are used in class lab projects and group projects by students for independent or thesis work on campus, and by faculty for research. We expect to find differences in microclimate due to variations in the ability of various types of vegetation to hold heat and buffer wind.
Long term weather monitoring data is available on the Institutional Data Archive.
The Restoration Ecology Program installed a dedicated weather station at the Project Stream site in 2016. This station collects data every 10 minutes on variables such as wind speed and direction, temperature, soil moisture content and relative humidity.