New England COOP
The New England project is separate from the National
COOP Modernization Program but we want to apply the lessons learned
where they can help us.
We are installing five beta test sites in New England as part
of the High Resolution Temperature Program. The five sites are at
or near the following WFOs: Burlington, Albany, Upton, Gray and
Taunton. A sixth beta site will be located at the contractor's facility
in Columbia, MD, for development and test work. All beta sites are
scheduled to begin transmitting data to the Forecast Systems Laboratory
in January. After a test and evaluation period, we will start deploying
up to 200 modernized operational sites this spring. The actual number
of sites that will be deployed has not yet been determined.