To forecast the weather NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) gathers and analyzes data from local weather stations to understand what’s happening today. There are places where NOAA does not have access to local weather data and predicting the weather in those areas may not be as accurate as it could be.

In 2018, NOAA partnered with youth teams from the town of Gonzales to build and install weather stations in places where local growers were willing to share data with NOAA for the purpose of improving the local weather forecast. One such location was the Chula Vina vineyard located in Chualar up against the mountains.

An older youth mentor helps middle school youth practice with tools needed to complete a field installation of a weather station.