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Flagstaff in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Clark Dome Weather Station

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 31, 2015
1. Clark Dome Weather Station Marker
Inscription.  Understanding and predicting local weather patterns helps astronomers plan successful observing runs. Because of this, observatories such as Lowell typically maintain weather stations to monitor the conditions. One such station was set up at the Clark Telescope dome when it was permanently placed at this site in 1897.

Instruments for the station were enclosed in an instrument shelter, which shielded thermometers, hygrometers (to monitor humidity), and other devices from the Sun, precipitation, and other sources of heat and light that could produce inaccurate readings. This type of shelter features downward-pointing louvers that allow for air flow while shielding the instruments from heat and light.

This weather station was removed in the latter part of the 20th century, but a modern station is now mounted on top of the Clark Telescope dome. Can you see it? Look for the anemometer (for detecting wind speed), whose wind cups may be spinning.

This exhibit was funded by the City of Flagstaff and the Flagstaff Cultural Partners.
 
Erected by City of Flagstaff, and the
Marker detail: Lowell Observatory Staff, 1905 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Lowell Observatory Staff, 1905
Lowell Observatory staff at entrance of Clark Telescope dome in 1905, with instrument shelter to the right of the group. From left are John Duncan, V.M. Slipher, Harry Hussey (partially hidden from view), Wrexie Leonard, Carl Lampland and Percival Lowell.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceScience & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1897.
 
Location. 35° 12.151′ N, 111° 39.849′ W. Marker is in Flagstaff, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker can be reached from West Mars Hill Road 0.6 miles west of West Santa Fe Avenue. Marker is located on the Lowell Observatory campus. It is on the west side of the Clark Observatory. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff AZ 86001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lowell Observatory (a few steps from this marker); 42-Inch Reflecting Telescope (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Lee Giclas (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Lawrence Lowell Telescope (about 700 feet away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Flagstaff Flag - Raising (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Old Tractor (approx. 0.7 miles away); Walkway of Flags (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flagstaff.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lowell Observatory
 
Clark Dome Weather Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 31, 2015
3. Clark Dome Weather Station Marker
Clark Observatory Dome (<i>west side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 31, 2015
4. Clark Observatory Dome (west side)
Weather station partially visible on roof
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2. submitted on May 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   3. submitted on May 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4. submitted on May 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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