It was rainy and cloudy on day five of the Great New York State Fair. When there are less than sunny skies, the State Fair is getting constant updates from the National Weather Service.Our Iris St. Meran spoke to one of the meteorologists responsible for keeping an eye on the sky.
NEW YORK STATE FAIR – The rainy weather has the National Weather service on alert. For the second year in a row, they're monitoring weather conditions in and around the Fairgrounds.
"We give a briefing that goes out to seven days to alert them that hey, Monday is the day we have to watch out for showers and storms. The day of we give them another briefing in the morning. Now as we get closer we try to pinpoint that timing,” said NWS meteorologist Erik Heden
The weather not only impacts fairgoers, but how things generally operate on the grounds. The constant updates on days like Monday help fair officials make the best decisions for all involved.
"We have a lot of people in our care today. Not just fairgoers: we have exhibitors, we have people who camp on the grounds, we have hundreds of employees on the grounds and in our parking lots. We need to be able to get that information early and be able to act on that information to protect as many people as possible,” said New York State Fair Spokesman Dave Bullard.
In addition to rain in the forecast, meteorologists were also watching for lightning.
"You think Chevy Court, big concerts, a lot of people aluminum benches, also trees; so being struck by lightning. To something a little more simple at night when they're moving the animals around, just some rumbles of thunder can agitate the animals themselves,” Heden said.
The National Weather Service isn't at the fair every day. They do come when they anticipate a weather event like thunder, lightning or high winds.