Weather is a local phenomenon. Weather based linear programming models similar to those used by the airlines for route management are applicable to the InnoBarge barges. Maintaining the barge mesh network, anticipating hazardous weather environments, creating and route planning are enhanced by meteorological sensing. Each barge is equipped with the latest in weather sensing technology such as the Tempest System. Each barge becomes an important link to organizations that need local weather data. Weather data becomes part of the sensor fusion.