The intent is to operate the station indefinitely. The modern SD Mesonet station currently on the South Dakota State University campus started with manual temperature and precipitation in the 1880’s when it was Dakota Agricultural College in the Dakota Territory.
A 50-year easement is standard. This can be waived for public land that is reasonably expected to be a long-term host. Privately-owned land offered without easement will be considered only if other suitable sites cannot be found elsewhere.
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We look forward to hearing from you about your thoughts as the Mesonet goes through this statewide expansion over the coming years.