Avalon adds high-tech weather equipment for real-time storm information

Avalon's new weather station is mounted high above rooflines for accurate information (Borough of Avalon)

Avalon's new weather station is mounted high above rooflines for accurate information (Borough of Avalon)

Avalon has invested in tracking equipment that will allow it to make weather conditions easily available to residents of the borough at the New Jersey Shore.

The new weather station was installed above all the borough’s rooflines to record up to the minute meteorological data for everyone from first responders to vacationers, said Scott Wahl, business administrator.

“Avalon, over the past 15 years, has had three significant rainfall events where several inches of rainfall has happened over a short period of time and caused rainfall flooding in parts of town, which is completely different than tidal flooding,” he said.

Borough officials knew there was a demand for the information.

“During Hurricane Sandy, there were 2.4 million unique visitors to our emergency management website AvalonEmergency.org, and many of these visitors were property owners in Avalon,” Wahl said.

The new equipment will provide up-to-the-minute conditions in Avalon, and it has backup power in case of power failures.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.