Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Physics

Research Sponsor

Dr. Sasa Dordevic

First Reader

Dr. Robert Mallik

Second Reader

Dr. Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explain the optimal usage of the Kestrel® 4500 Pocket Weather Tracker and discuss the results of several meteorological parameters obtained throughout the course of the year. These parameters include magnetic and true direction, wind speed, crosswind, headwind, temperature, wind chill, relative humidity, heat index, dew point, wet bulb temperature, barometric pressure, altitude, and density altitude. These data parameters can be uploaded and saved onto a computer for long-term storage and future analysis. A MATLAB program was constructed to read these files and calculate wind chill using the currently accepted formula from the National Weather Service. Additionally, the program constructs a polar plot of the wind velocity, giving another representation to monitor the wind speed and its direction.

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