WeatherSTEM founder debuts 'OrangeSTEM'

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By: Charles Roop | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — WeatherSTEM, a locally-run company that has weather stations all over Florida and some parts of the Southeast, is going Orange.

Ed Mansouri, the owner of WeatherSTEM, announced OrangeSTEM, a new website designed to inform the public with weather data from Florida, on Thursday.

The new venture will include lightning alerts and maps.

The website, which was released during Mansouri’s Thursday announcement, shows weather data from not only over 200 WeatherSTEM stations in Florida but also observations from other sources such as local airports and the Florida Automated Weather Network.

WeatherSTEM’s stations contain sensors that measure temperature, air pressure, wind speed, and even have live web cameras that the WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team often uses during the weathercasts.

Mansouri also touted a relatively unused weather measurement that will be featured on the website called the wet bulb globe temperature. Instead of using the heat index as a way to measure the heat’s impacts on a human, the web bulb globe temperature factors in more variables such as wind, sun angle, and the air temperature in sunlight.

The owner and founder’s goal is to have an educated and, therefore, safer public by also containing educational material on the weather.

“There are a lot of programs that are designed to alert the public, and that are designed to educate the public,” Mansouri said. “We think WeatherSTEM and now the OrangeSTEM is one of the first that’s trying to do both.”

Mansouri said he has plans to expand to other states, including Georgia. He plans to call it the PeachSTEM when it arrives there.