The Penn State University SURFRAD station is located on the grounds of PSU's agricultural research farm. It is in a broad Appalachian valley between Tussey and Bald Eagle Ridges, and is hosted by the Meteorology Department.

Location of Penn State SURFRAD station
Penn State, Pennsylvania
Latitude: 40.72012 degrees North
Longitude: 77.93085 degrees West
Elevation: 376 meters
Time Zone: Local Time + 5 hours = UTC
Installed: June 1998
SURFRAD data from the Pennsylvania site.
Raising the tower
Chris Cornwall, Dennis Wellman and John Augustine raise the met tower.
Platform and Tracker
The Penn State SURFRAD station solar tracker, UPS enclosure, and radiometer platform, July, 2000.
PSU Surfrad Station
The Penn State SURFRAD station. In the foreground is the main SURFRAD platform with a ventilated pyranometer, a PAR, and broadband UVB radiometer; the datalogger enclosure, UV power supply and station power distribution boxes are mounted on posts underneath the main platform. Directly north of the main platform is the UPS enclosure. Next to that is solar tracker with a pyrheliometer for measuring direct solar radiation, and a pyranometer and pyrgeometer, both ventilated and shaded, for measuring diffuse solar and downwelling infrared radiation. In the background is the 10-meter tower with a pyranometer and pyrgeometer facing downward to measure upwelling solar and infrared radiation, respectively. Also at the top of the tower are a wind monitor, and air temperature and relative humidity sensors.
Work on the Total Sky Imager
Gary Hodges works on installing the Total Sky Imager at the Penn State SURFRAD site.
Dick and John at platform
John Augustine (right) shows site manager Dick Thompson the radiometer platform just after the site was installed in June of 1998.
6 months later
Dick Thompson performs maintenance on the tracker-mounted instruments at the SURFRAD station at Penn State, November 1998, five months after installation. Note the grass has grown over the cable trenches.