App State to use new severe weather monitoring system

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BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University will be the first institution in the world to use a new integrated weather monitoring system, which combines a commercial-grade weather station with advanced weather monitoring.

School officials expect the new weather forecasting, data collection and decision support system will help protect athletes, students and fans from extreme heat, high winds, lightning strikes and other weather dangers.

According to The High County Press, the new system is composed of two integrated components that work together to monitor weather conditions at the university, forecast future weather for the school and alert university officials of severe weather risks.

The new system can be accessed both online or through a mobile device, and will feature lightning monitoring and alerts, detailed radar, hour-by-hour location forecast and 24/7 access to a meteorologist for decision support.