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Want to check the weather?

A new weather station sits up on the roof at England Run Library.

Since it’s way up above human eyes, you won’t be able to see it, but you can see what types of information it’s recording by visiting the library’s website. Scroll down to see current conditions, or click on the box to go to historical weather information recorded by the station.

The station is part of a grant-funded, museum-quality science exhibit Discover Earth: A Century of Change. Here’s a list of the other nine libraries chosen to host the traveling exhibit. Right now, it’s en route from Colorado to New York.

Central Rappahannock Regional Library staff are excited about the grant, says Rebecca Purdy, youth services coordinator.

The weather station, which could cost about $200, was installed on the roof at the southern Stafford library in early July. It records temperature, humidity, dew point, rainfall, pressure, along with wind speed and direction. ”We’re hoping to partner with schools so they can use that information in some way for projects,” Purdy said. The library may also hold weather-related programs.

Then in February, the exhibit will fill England Run, the newest location in the regional system. Visitors can watch fun, short videos about weather (what does the wind do in Antarctica?) or move things around on a magical globe (a world without oceans?). A model weather station like the one on the roof will also be part of the interactive exhibit.  It will be open Feb. 26 – April 26.