Last year, Lufft launched its “Seeking Passionate Weather Expert” contest. Hobbyist weather watchers entered by sending in a great weather photo, a self-shot weather video or a poem. No limits were placed on the contestants’ creativity. After reading numerous applications from people passionately interested in meteorology and climatology, a clear winner stood out.
Our Lufft weather expert with the weather station placed in Friedrichweiler (State Saarland, Germany)
Last year, Lufft launched its “Seeking Passionate Weather Expert” contest. Hobbyist weather watchers entered by sending in a great weather photo, a self-shot weather video or a poem. No limits were placed on the contestants’ creativity. In addition to being named “The 2012 Lufft Weather Expert,” the winner received a professional compact weather station including installation and personal training worth over €3,000.
After reading numerous applications from people passionately interested in meteorology and climatology, a clear winner stood out: Alexander Burg from the German state of Saarland. Mr. Burg described in his cover letter his 40 years of experience and passion about all things meteorological. He also developed an advertising slogan for Lufft and promised to make the data collected from his Lufft weather station available to the public via a weather service and his own public website.
His wish was our command: Mr. Burg received a weather station from the successful LUFFT WS product family. Mr. Burg’s systems consists of the WS200-UMB compact weather station for measuring wind direction and wind speed 11 meters (36 feet) up and the WS301-UMB compact weather station for measuring temperature, humidity and solar radiation at 2 meters (79 inches). The rain is measured via an external heated rain sensor. This complex weather station which meets World Meteorological Organization (WMO) standards can be used to provide regional and local weather forecasts and perform studies of weather conditions.
On German national television ARD, Sven Plöger, meteorologist and host of daily weather show “Wetter vor Acht,” gave a brief introduction to Alexander Burg’s newly-installed weather station. The ARD weather expert also shared Burg’s current readings with the audience— you can view the video here:
The data from the weather station can be accessed via the weather center at meteomedia effective immediately. In addition, Mr. Burg has the goal of setting up his own website where he will publish the key weather data for the village of Friedrichweiler in the municipality of Wadgassen in Saarlouis district in Saarland.
We met Mr. Burg shortly after the installation of the weather station and asked him a few questions:
» To the complete interview with Alexander Burg