By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Global Science & Technology Inc. is continuing to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts through the National Mesonet Program.
GST recently learned that it had won a more than $9.6 million contract, over a period of one year, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service to keep working on and growing the National Mesonet Program.
“We are extremely pleased to have been selected by the National Weather Service to serve our nation with such an important mission as the National Mesonet Program,” GST President Chieh-san Cheng said in a press release. “There is heightened priority of obtaining observation data at the local scale that can help save lives, protect property and reduce economic impacts. GST recognizes the criticality of the mission and is very proud that our alliance will be providing critical observation data to the government.”
Paul Heppner, program manager for the National Mesonet Program, explained that GST got involved in this project three years ago and is the prime contractor. The purpose of the program is to help improve forecasts and get data to the government, and this work is based out of GST’s West Virginia Division in Fairmont.
The company has a number of partners, both private companies and universities, that provide meteorological observations from across the country, he said. These include road-side, agricultural and other weather stations that are used for all kinds of non-federal purposes.