Constantly updating weather radar
Even relatively minor-seeming weather - fog, light rain, or a little bit of snow or ice - can have a major impact on travel safety, especially on local hills.Ithaca airport had to divert flights for a few weeks in March and April 2012 because a crystal needed for instrument navigation in cloudy or foggy weather was broken, but even simpler forms of transportation can become more complicated when weather is iffy.Weather may seem like a local issue we can't control, but reality is more complicated than that.While we don't control the weather itself, we have drastically reduced its impact on us through forecasting and preparation.Before the completion of the Flood Control Channel in Ithaca, the city faced regular floods, and even today it experiences occasional issues related to ice jams.
Less dramatic circumstances can still cause problems for farmers, who depend on the weather for their livelihood.
Crops need water, but too much water (or water at the wrong time) can create its own problems, both for plants and for the equipment used to manage them.
Hailstorms can demolish crops and equipment, while late frosts in spring or early frosts in fall can wreak havoc on harvests.
While about 20 percent of radiosondes are found and recovered, most disappear after a single use.
At 0 for each radiosonde plus approximately for the balloon and perhaps another to fill it, individual balloons may seem relatively cheap, but they become expensive over time.
While Tompkins County is not regularly blasted by hurricanes or tornadoes, local weather is a complex set of intersections, dominated by continental weather coming from the west that mixes with arctic weather coming from the north and Atlantic weather coming from the south and sometimes east.