New weather system announced for Okeechobee County

Posted 3/9/21

Okeechobee County has a new weather monitoring system, WeatherSTEM. The state-of-the-art weather stations will allow...

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New weather system announced for Okeechobee County


OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County has a new weather monitoring system, WeatherSTEM. The county Emergency Management Division and the state Division of Emergency Management installed the stations as the result of a Florida Severe Weather Network Grant.

The state-of-the-art weather stations will allow for more accurate weather forecasting. It will provide live-streaming with high-resolution cameras, weather health and safety alert notifications, lightning detection, heat-level monitoring, and real-time and future-cast radar information.

“Partnering the WeatherSTEM, will provide the ability for the Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Office Melbourne to monitor weather conditions throughout Okeechobee County," said Emergency Management Director Mitch Smeykal. “In total four stations have been installed around the county where weather coverage was spotty at best.”

The locations are:

  • The Clif Betts Lakeside Recreation ARea (aka Lock 7),
  • Kissimmee Prairie State Park,
  • Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center,
  • Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Station 4.

“WeatherSTEM weather station will also provide the ability of Okeechobee County visitors to view weather conditions on Lake Okeechobee, looking southeast and southwest of Lock 7.” said Smeykal.

The stations can be accessed at or by downloading the WeatherSTEM app through the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

For further information on WeatherSTEM and how to view forecasts, monitor weather and more, go to