Dr. Stuart Foster http://wkyufm.org en Already a Valuable Resource For Forecasters, Kentucky Mesonet Looks To Sustain Growth http://wkyufm.org/post/already-valuable-resource-forecasters-kentucky-mesonet-looks-sustain-growth <p>When severe thunderstorms fire up around the Commonwealth, forecasters with the National Weather Service often make use of a network of automated weather observation stations around the state. The network, known as Kentucky Mesonet, has seen steady growth over the last eight years.<br /><br />But the challenge now facing the network is long-term sustainability.<br /><br />State climatologist and WKU professor Stu Foster says the automated reporting sites provide real-time data such as temperature, wind speed, wind direction and rainfall amounts. The data is collected and uploaded to the Kentucky Climate Center every five minutes and is <a href="http://www.kymesonet.org/" target="_blank">available for anyone</a> to see.&nbsp;<br /><br />He says it can give the weather service a better idea of what’s actually going on on the ground in addition to what they can see on radar.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:14:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 50493 at http://wkyufm.org Already a Valuable Resource For Forecasters, Kentucky Mesonet Looks To Sustain Growth WKU Professor Takes Turn in Baseball Broadcast Booth http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-professor-takes-turn-baseball-broadcast-booth <p>The next time you listen to a baseball game on the radio, notice how many times the weather is referenced.</p><p>"The weather is certainly one part of trying to convey to the listener the scene of what's happening and the setting for the game and what might turn out to be an important component that affects the way the game turns out,” said Stu Foster, WKU professor, Kentucky state climatologist and part-time color commentator for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.<br><br>"Whether it's a clear, deep blue sky that might be a problem for outfielders, whether there's a strong breeze blowing in or out,” said Foster.&nbsp; “We had a game recently where there was a heavy dew that came on the field as the game went on that could've come on to affect the game."</p><p>Foster said a few conversations last winter led to the opportunity to sit in on a dozen games as color commentator for the Midwest League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He says his weather expertise wasn’t the only part of his “day job” that helped ease his transition into the broadcast booth.</p><p>He says in both broadcasting and being a professor, the goal is the same: communicate a message with a large audience.&nbsp;<br> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:55:00 +0000 Emil Moffatt 36447 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Professor Takes Turn in Baseball Broadcast Booth WKU's Foster To Head National Climatology Association http://wkyufm.org/post/wkus-foster-head-national-climatology-association <p>Kentucky state climatologist Stuart Foster who directs the Kentucky Climate Center and the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU has been named the new president of the American Association of State Climatologists. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 10:43:13 +0000 Joe Corcoran 15804 at http://wkyufm.org