Illinois Climate Network: Station Metadata: St. Charles, Illinois State Water Survey

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Illinois Climate Network: Station Metadata: St. Charles


The St. Charles station is located on the University of Illinois St. Charles Horticultural Research Center in Kane County on Peck Road, approximately 0.4 km (0.25 mi) north of Illinois 38. The tower is approximately 35 m southwest of the main research building, which is approximately 8 m tall. Therefore, the wind flow from the northeast to the east is disturbed at this site. The closest minor obstructions in the other directions surrounding the station are about 400 m south. These obstructions include a 10-m-tall salt shelter within a state highway maintenance complex, and a four-story building 600 m southeast of the tower. Obstructions to the southwest, west, northwest, and north are deciduous trees and buildings all more than 1,000 m from the tower. The general terrain surrounding the tower is gently rolling. The largest "hill" is located to the northeast and continues to the east. This hill rises approximately 10 m above the ground level of the station. Wind patterns should not be affected by the surrounding terrain except in the northeast to east, where the research building also affects wind flow. Except where buildings are located, the general landscape within 1,000 m of the St. Charles station is composed of agricultural fields. The tower is situated on a south-southwest-facing slope of approximately 5 degrees.

Latitude: 41.90444444 Longitude: -88.36083333 Altitude: 226 m

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