A: A lot! From researchers to funding from multiple businesses, a lot of time, money, and effort went into the Little Traverse Weather Buoy.
At the end of July last year, the University of Michigan Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory launched a weather buoy (made by Tiara) in Little Traverse Bay. It was taken out of the water for the winter, and should be back online soon (hopefully!).
While having more information about the weather is great, there is still a lot of interesting ideas floating around (ha!) from Dr. Guy Meadows in this video. From the use of cell phone technology to relay the information, to the idea that maybe someday this buoys can act as mobile hot spots out on the water!
It is great to see the private sector stepping up to the plate and providing a "public" good!