DAHLONEGA - Three Sisters Vineyards is the site of an official University of Georgia Extension Service weather station.
Located in the Frogtown section of Lumpkin County, it is part of the University of Georgia and the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network.
"Our Extension Service Agent Clark Macalister contacted us at the end of the year to say UGA was looking for a location and we were happy to sponsor the site at our vineyard," said Doug Paul of Three Sisters Vineyards.
UGA Research Professional Eddie Edenfield contacted the Pauls and walked the vineyard a few weeks back to determine the best location for the set up. It was then moved into place at the end of January.
"We don't need power to the station. It runs off of a battery that is charged by a solar panel," said Edenfield, "so operation is not a problem." A cell phone reports the data back to the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network where anyone can go on line and look at weather conditions in Lumpkin County 24/7.
"It looks like a NASA landing site in between our Merlot and Chardonnay," added Paul.
Historical weather data is collected all over the state and Lumpkin County has a few amateur and personal stations already set-up by weather enthusiasts. There is also a weather station set up on the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia.
Lumpkin County Commission Chairman Chris Dockery commented, "It's great to have the UGA weather station located here in Lumpkin County. This will provide more vital information to the University of Georgia as well as to local agricultural professionals to help them to adapt to an ever-changing climate. "
Paul says the UGA station will certainly be a great addition to not only the vineyard but also to local fruit growers, vineyards and just about any farmer or gardener who grows plants in the county.
"We have to track current conditions especially during late March and April frost season. This is a welcomed tool and service."
The website link is http://georgiaweather.net/cgi-bin/AEMN.pl?site=GADH