Knowing the weather forecast is an important part of planning an outdoor adventure, and thanks to The Jefferson Project at Lake George, it’s easier than ever. They have recently launched a new digital Data Dashboard that allows people to view hour-by-hour, highly localized forecasts for their current location on Lake George.
What Is The Jefferson Project?
Founded in 2013, The Jefferson Project is a groundbreaking environmental research collaboration between IBM Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and The FUND for Lake George that is committed to preserving and protecting Lake George’s legendary water quality through cutting-edge science and highly advanced technologies.
As part of this mission, they have installed over 50 sensor platforms and 500 “smart sensors” in and around Lake George. These sensors monitor the weather, the water quality of streams that feed into the lake, the lake’s circulation patterns, and more.
Over the years, the Project’s extensive monitoring, modeling, and experiments have transformed Lake George into “The Smartest Lake in the World.”
Explore the New Digital Data Dashboard
The Jefferson Project’s new digital Data Dashboard makes real-time water quality and weather data available to the public. This Data Dashboard is the only publicly available display of IBM’s world-leading targeted weather forecasting technology, Deep Thunder™, which offers highly localized forecasts for every six-tenths of a mile throughout the lake’s watershed.
You can view the forecast by searching for a specific address or clicking a point on the dashboard’s map of Lake George. The hour-by-hour forecasts include air temperature, wind speed, wind gusts, visibility, and rain and snow rates and accumulations.
In a press release, Rick Relyea, Ph.D., director of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute at Rensselaer and director of The Jefferson Project, said, “We are delighted to make Jefferson Project data available to the public in such a highly accessible way as we all work together to ensure sustained lake protection.”