Gulf County Emergency Management can now provide real-time weather data for Gulf County Emergency Operations Center and surrounding neighborhoods, thanks to partner WeatherSTEM.

Gulf County Emergency Management can now provide real-time weather data for Gulf County Emergency Operations Center and surrounding neighborhoods, thanks to partner WeatherSTEM.

The founder and CEO of WeatherSTEM, Edward Mansouri, created the WeatherSTEM platform as a way to infuse K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum in schools with live data.

The weather stations were donated and installed in various schools across the country, so students can have real world experience with the curriculum that they are being taught in the classroom.

Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka schools have benefited from these efforts the past two years; Wewahitchka Elementary School just celebrated the installation of its WeatherSTEM system.

A system was installed in Port St. Joe last year.

The WeatherSTEM weather stations have been so successful within the educational system, they have been recognized as an excellent tool for use in public safety, according to Marshall Nelson, county emergency management director.

The weather station includes a live camera, along with solar-powered weather sensors, and measuring gauges that can monitor everything from solar and UV radiation, rain rate and rainfall, temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction, and wet bulb globe temperature.

Visit https://gulf.weatherstem.com/gulfeo at any time to review current weather data. Also visit the Gulf County EOC WeatherStem page on Facebook to access all current weather data.

The weather station can even provide lightning alerts, severe weather alerts and temperature forecasts.

The Gulf County EOC WeatherSTEM unit is an integration of weather sensors. The data that is gathered and stored by the sensors is displayed on a website that showcases the current weather, weather forecasts, weather notifications, and more, Nelson said.

The station page is a web portal that serves live weather data and sky images collected from the WeatherSTEM Unit. The data gathered by the sensors on the WeatherSTEM Unit are stored and can be mined in a variety of ways, Nelson noted.

Personal accounts provide access to customizable weather notifications and alerts sent to a variety of devices.

A growing library of lessons and activities contains an integration of the data and sensors into STEM-based curriculum in the schools.