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House Bill 108 (HB 108) appropriates two million five hundred seventy-eight thousand dollars ($2,578,000) for the support and expansion of a network of weather stations throughout the state. The Water and Natural Resources Committee requested the introduction of HB 108.Legislation Overview:
House Bill 108 (HB 108) appropriates two million five hundred seventy-eight thousand dollars ($2,578,000) from the General Fund (GF) to New Mexico State University (NMSU) for expenditure in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 and subsequent FYs for the Office of State Climatologist to expand the weather station network throughout the state. It specifies that the purchase and installation of hardware for new stations and administrative and operational support are part of the expansion expenses. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of a FY will not revert to the GF.Status Quo:
Background: The Office of State Climatologist undertakes the following responsibilities and duties: assesses the effects of climate on the natural environment, agricultural production, land and natural resources, and human health in the state; provides climatological data services and assessments including climate information and education to the public through speaking engagements, school demonstrations, and tours. The state climatologist is the state coordinator for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network. This Office manages the NM Climate Center which maintains archives of meteorological data collected throughout the state from public and private networks. The Center operates a network of automated surface weather stations with most of these located at NMSU Agricultural Science Centers. The NM Climate Center provides the ZiaMet Weather Station Network, based at the main campus of NMSU. It provides real-time data statewide via the weather.nmsu.edu website.