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Fireside Chat ‘College Heights Weather Station’

January 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT

Presented by Michael Trapasso, USA


The Roger Rees collection of aneroid barometers (image courtesy of Michael Trapasso).

The College Heights Weather Station has been operating at Western Kentucky University since 1932. This fully functional weather station had served as a ‘teaching laboratory’ for meteorology students. With the retirement of its last director, and the advent of automated systems of data collection (Kentucky MESONET), this now obsolete weather station has been transformed into a weather instrument museum. Alongside its own equipment, the Museum displays instruments from: private collectors, universities, and research laboratories. Exhibits include instruments for collecting data in the upper atmosphere, as well as those which monitor the surface and the subsurface. “Teaching Meteorology in the Past,” is an exhibit which displays old fashioned teaching tools used in the classroom. It is hoped, those with an interest in the atmospheric sciences, will find ‘the familiar’ and ‘the nostalgic’.

Obsolete weather station equipment (image courtesy of Michael Trapasso).

Speaker biography


Michael Trapasso taught meteorology for 35 years. During this time, he was the Director of the College Heights Weather Station. Michael, as well as his two predecessors, never discarded outmoded instrumentation. Today, he is the Curator of the College Heights Weather Instrument Museum.


January 13
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT
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On-line, for SIS-members only.


Louise Devoy
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