Montcalm Golf Club adds solar weather station for golfers’ safety
WeatherSTEM System provides real-time weather reports, lightning detection and an alert siren
Montcalm Golf Club in Enfield is using a new high-tech weather system to keep golfers safe and “in the know” on real-time weather patterns. WeatherSTEM’s weather station provides a live monitoring and lightning detection system and pin-point accurate weather forecasting for golfers and those in the nearby area interested in live and regular weather updates.
Montcalm is the first golf course in New England to install a solar powered WeatherSTEM station and the first golf course in the country to have “WeatherSTEM Blast,” a weather horn/siren that will sound when dangerous lightning is nearby.
The WeatherSTEM station is mounted on a building overlooking Montcalm’s driving range that faces the panoramic mountain views of Killington, Vermont’s Green Mountains and Mt. Ascutney. It was recently installed by the Tallahassee, Fla.-based WeatherSTEM team to deliver real-time weather reports. The system also provides wind sensors, temperature sensors and humidity sensors with data refreshed every 0.8 seconds.
“Golfers want to know the nitty gritty details and layout of the golf course when they play, but just as important are the weather and playing conditions,” said Steve Rogers, director of golf at Montcalm Golf Club. “It’s important to provide our members and guests with a safe and pleasant experience but to have accurate and reliable forecasts in real-time is a great benefit. Equally important is our staff’s ability to better manage the course based on the weather.”
WeatherSTEM’s state-of-the-art solar powered weather station runs completely off the grid. It draws solar energy using a cellular chip to provide live-stream high resolution weather cameras, weather health safety alerts and notifications, lightning detection and high heat monitoring along with real-time, Future Cast radar.
“The most important thing you want when operating a golf course is a reliable forecast. Even if your power goes out or the internet is down, our WeatherSTEM station continues to operate,” said Ed Mansouri, WeatherSTEM CEO and a meteorologist. “Having this weather station on the golf course help golfers understand how the conditions vary specific to the golf course and it can greatly impact their game. The same benefits offered to Montcalm Golf Club can be realized by golf courses everywhere.”
Jim Cantore, on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel television network and a respected and renowned forecaster for more than 30 years, added: “The hilly terrain and high elevation make Montcalm Golf Club an ideal beneficiary of WeatherSTEM technology because it creates its own very localized weather conditions that often differ from areas just a few miles away. We use WeatherSTEM technology and cameras extensively to augment our live broadcasts. It’s reassuring to see Montcalm adopt a property-wide safety initiative that informs members and guests and pre-warns them of imminent danger,” added Cantore who was raised in White River Junction, Vt., a short drive from Montcalm Golf Club.