Located at 606 Walker Building, the Joel N. Myers Weather Center underwent a complete renovation during 2008 and opened back up for business in January 2009. The new space is a spectacular place to visit, learn, and collaborate.
- an impressive electronic map wall consisting of eighteen LCD monitors,
- a centralized group collaboration area,
- a large technology-equipped classroom with fifty state-of-the-art computer systems,
- a modern computer lab with thirty-six workstations,
- a cafe and student lounge area,
- several conference rooms,
- a donor recognition wall,
- a weather-graphics preparation area,
- a Campus Weather Service office and radio booth,
- and Myers Weather Center manager and Weather Communications Group offices.
The Joel N. Myers Weather Station Center Web Site - Statement of Purpose
This page provides ready access to local weather data obtained from the official observation station known as State College, Pennsylvania, which is located at the west end of the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University. To this end, brief explanatory comments are included that will help with interpretation of the data. There is also a climatic summary of this site and recent summaries of record-breaking weather. Up-to-date high, low and mean temperatures, along with rainfall and snowfall are also presented, along with running totals of degree-days and accumulated precipitation.
We now have the capability to let the user choose a date of interest and get the weather statistics from that date. The entire record of daily observations is now available. Graphical representation of the data, especially long-term data, is included and is being augmented.
Users interested in data from other parts of Pennsylvania should contact the Pennsylvania State Climatologist. A link to his home page is provided.
In addition to the data, weather forecasts and local discussions are included for the browser that may simply need (or be curious about) a weather forecast for the local area.
A Brief History of The Joel N. Myers Weather Center
As one of the oldest land grant institutions in the United States, The Pennsylvania State University began keeping comprehensive weather records in 1882 (25 years after its establishment as the Pennsylvania State College). The records include daily maximum and minimum temperatures, rainfall and snowfall along with wind speed and direction at the time of observation. Observations of cloud amount and type were also taken routinely. Barometric pressure traces date from 1934 to the present. Since about 1980, an automated observing system has logged barometric pressure, temperature and winds at 5-minute intervals with relatively few gaps in the data.
Drs. J.T. Osmond and W.S. Swetser were the first team of weather observers in the agricultural college. In 1896, they handed off the responsibility to Prof. William Frear, one of the University's early presidents. Dr. Frear faithfully kept the weather observations until 1922. During the 1920's and 1930's, weather records were kept by Prof. C.A. Kern, who was present at the formation of the Department of Meteorology in 1935.
Just prior to World War II, Dr. Helmut Landsberg, the first chair of the meteorology department and a renowned atmospheric scientist, took the weather observations from July 1940 through June 1941. During World War II, Prof. Hans Neuberger, the second head of the meteorology department, kept the weather records. His fastidious record-keeping included some of the first routine measurements of ultra-violet radiation in the United States. Dr. Neuberger relinquished the reins of observing in October, 1946 when F.B. Stephens, a retired Navy commander, joined the department to work on his doctorate relating seasonal solar radiation to electric utility consumption.
In September 1947, Charles Hosler began his distinguished career at Penn State as a graduate student studying the role of aerosols in the atmosphere while regularly taking weather observations. During the next decade, Dr. Hosler finished his doctoral thesis, joined the faculty and later became department head. His tenure as an observer ended in June, 1956 about the same time that his career as a weather broadcaster began. Between work as a professor, a hydrographer for the Federal-State Flood Forecast Office and a burgeoning career in the media (as one of the first meteorologist tv-broadcasters and as a host of a weather-related radio talk show), Dr. Hosler kept a close eye on the quality of the observations.
While an instructor, Dr. Hosler trained numerous other weather observers including Ferdinand de Percin, John Sherrod, who later became the chief librarian for the Department of Agriculture, Charles Weintraub, Henry Marx and Richard Hallgren, who later served as the Director of the National Weather Service and is the current director of the American Meteorological Society.
During the 1960's, Dale Koons coordinated the weather observations as the site was moved from the Mineral Industry Building, where the special Landsberg instrument shelter resided, to the roof of Deike Building, where a traditional cotton shelter was placed. By the early 1970's, the weather observations became a routine chore for students studying synoptic meteorology. Walt Lottes, Bob Cross and Bob Konchak maintained the weather observatory.
When the meteorology department moved to Walker Building in 1977, a three- year transition project of taking observations at both Deike and Walker Buildings began. Fred Gadomski was joined by Paul Kocin and others to make certain that no biases were being introduced into the data set because of the relocation. From the middle 1980's until 1995, Jonathan Merritt faithfully oversaw the observations and today, Bill Syrett maintains the quality of the reports.
Opportunities for Supporting the Joel N. Myers Weather Center
More than a dozen naming opportunities still exist in the new Joel Myers Weather Center at different funding levels. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to name a space in honor or memory of someone special, or create your own family legacy. Class, group, or corporate designations are also an option. To engage in one of these limited opportunities, please contact:
Office of Development, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 104 Deike Building, University Park, PA 16802. Tel: (814) 863-2289. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.