Like many people, we use weather radar to see when storms are approaching. Years ago, we had to have a satellite dish and subscription service to get this timely information about the weather. In contrast to that, today, anyone with a smart phone can quickly know when bad weather is about to hit the course.
Another piece of equipment we use daily is our on-site weather station. One of the important things this provides us is the evapotranspiration rate. As the name implies, this is the combination of moisture lost due to evaporation and transpiration.
|The weather station is located behind #17 green.|
While the weather station is recording what's happening above the surface, we also have sensors underground that provide some key information. Currently, sensors are located on #9 tee, #9 fairway, and #1 green. These measure soil temperature, moisture level and salinity at both a 2" and 8" depth. They then transmit this information wirelessly to a repeater which sends it to the golf course maintenance building. This information can be accessed from any place with an internet connection.
|Temperature, moisture, and salinity from #1 green can be seen in this graph.|