Mohawk Valley - About Us

About This Station:

The station is powered by a Davis Vantage Vue weather station located in the Southern section of Utica, NY, USA. The data is collected every second and the site is updated every 10 seconds. The data is collected using Weather Display Software. The station is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible. Here is an explanation of a few terms:


National Weather Service. An agency of the US Government that is tasked with providing weather forcasts, and warnings of hazardous weather.

UV Index:

Ultraviolet Index. The international standard measurement of the strength of sunburn-producing radiation.

METAR Reports:

This forecasting is generally used in the Aviation Industry. My reports show the code at the bottom used by pilots, and the plain english version right above.

WXSIM forecast:

WXSIM is a very unique weather forecasting software package - over 25 years in the making - for modeling, forecasting, or simply studying weather. It is perhaps best described as an "interactive local atmospheric model". I initialize it with current data, some optionally downloaded from the internet, and then "turn it loose" to model the weather for the next few days, but with the option to interact with the program and mix in some of my own forecasting skill and knowledge.

Wind Run:

Wind run is a meteorological term used to categorize or determine the total distance (or amount) of the traveled wind over a period of time. The readings are collected using an anemometer (usually part of a weather station). Wind run can help to determine the rate of evaporation of moisture over a particular area.

Moon Terms:

The word 'Crescent' refers to the phases where the moon is less than half illuminated. The word 'Gibbous' refers to phases where the moon is more than half illuminated. 'Waxing' essentially means "growing" or expanding in illumination, and 'Waning' means "shrinking" or decreasing in illumination.

About Weather In The Mohawk Valley:

Located in upstate New York, the Mohawk Valley has a cool temperate climate with frequent and generous precipitation fairly evenly distributed through the year, totaling almost 45 inches. Snow is frequent for the several months of winter, with annual totals near 80 inches. Winter is also a very cloudy season. Spring and summer bring more sunshine, and also a few thunderstorms, though severe weather is not too common. Winter temperatures average about 30 degrees F for daily highs, with lows in the teens, though 10 or even 20 degrees below zero is not too uncommon in artic air outbreaks. Summers are pleasant, with lows near 60 and highs near 80 on average, only occasionally reaching 90.

About Me:

My name is Rick, and I reside on Arlington Road in Utica, New York. I gained a passion for weather about 15 years ago when I got my Private Pilot's license. This is my first attempt at a website, so it will be continually modified for many months to come. For most of my working career I was a touring musician backing up such acts as Del Shannon, The Coasters, The Marvelletes, Dee Dee Sharpe, Bobby Lewis, among others. In my retirement I am an Enrolled Agent for the IRS and am employed seasonally by HR Block. I have been a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA) for over thirty years. I joined MENSA at the age of 22. Both my wife and I have a love for rescuing beagles. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at: You can also reach me by signing the Guestbook.

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