Rooftop Weather Station

Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, MIT UROP

Jeffrey L. Pressman Fellow, MIT Department of Political Science 

New York, NY

June 2020-Present

During quarantine, I missed building things. To get some more hands-on experience, I wrote a proposal to MIT to fund building a personal weather station on the rooftop of my apartment building in New York City. I am comparing its effectiveness at measuring air temperatures to a commonly used handheld infrared camera and other weather stations in the city. Building the weather station, which I nicknamed "Wally," was a great way for me to directly engage with weather monitors, whose data I have used extensively to understand heat vulnerability in New York City and develop a novel method to measure air temperature using infrared thermal cameras. Additionally, I will be integrating weather station data into my urban planning undergraduate thesis on air quality in New York City.

The weather station platform was securely strapped to the sandbags

Because of its height, I transported Wally upstairs in pieces and then assembled it on the roof


I assembled the weather station on my roof after receiving approval from the building. Wally survived Tropical Storm Isaias unscathed.


All data is freely available to the public through Weather Underground