About this station – Who we are

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 5:20pm CST

The idea for our weather station arose from a family discussion in 2008 while we were all huddled in our 1st floor interior bathroom during severe weather. Nathan and Jessica were 4 years old at the time and were quite anxious at the sound of the tornado sirens. They asked many questions and expressed interest in learning more about the weather.

nathan jessicaIt started as a relatively simple setup and has grown as the kids have grown. The station is powered by a Davis Instruments Wireless Vantage Pro2 Plus, which is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge, a thermo-hydro sensor, UV and solar radiation sensor. Over the years, we have added a solar powered wireless transmitter and mounting pole to relocate the anemometer to the chimney, a redesigned rain cone with improved debris filter and bird spikes, and a solar powered daytime fan aspirated radiation shield.

Measurements are collected using 5 different weather station software applications on a dedicated system that runs 24/7/365. Data is submitted from there to Weather Underground: KTXPLANO60, Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP): DW2893, PWS Weather: KTXPLANO60, and updated to our hosted website every 10 seconds.

The website itself would not be possible without a group of weather enthusiasts on the Internet who write and share scripts that integrate with our station and software.

This is strictly a backyard hobby, educational tool, and family project we have chosen to share with the community. We receive no income from the site, no ads are present, and donations are not accepted.

SKYWARN Spotter Training – Collin County – Saturday, January 23, 2016

Saturday, December 12th, 2015 9:12pm CST

PlanoWeather.com will be attending the Collin County Basic and Advanced Spotter Training Sessions on Saturday, January 23 from 8:30AM-4:00PM. If you are interested in attending, it is open to the public. No advanced registration is required.

Basic Session at 8:30-11:00AM
Advanced Session at 1:00-4:00 PM

LOCATION
Collin College:
Central Park Campus
Conference Center
2200 West University Drive
McKinney, Texas 75071

2016 Training Schedule for North Texas:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/skywarnsch.php?file=sptrsch
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/?n=skywarnmap

Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth conduct storm spotter training sessions each year to help prepare spotters for the upcoming severe weather season. The NWS conducts the training at the invitation of local emergency management officials who organize the training and who, in most cases are responsible for maintaining their local storm spotter network.

The training sessions are typically about two hours long and cover fundamental information that every spotter needs to know, with a focus on safety, identification of key weather features and proper reporting procedures.

SKYWARN Spotter Training – Collin County – Saturday, January 24, 2015

Monday, January 5th, 2015 10:51am CST

PlanoWeather.com will be attending the Collin County Basic and Advanced Spotter Training Sessions on Saturday, January 24 from 8:30AM-4:30PM. If you are interested in attending, it is open to the public. No advanced registration is required.

Basic Session at 8:30-11:00AM
Advanced Session at 1:00-4:00 PM

LOCATION
Collin College:
Preston Ridge Campus
Conference Center; C105
9700 Wade Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75035

2015 Training Schedule for North Texas:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/skywarnsch.php?file=sptrsch

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/?n=skywarnmap

Forecasters from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth conduct storm spotter training sessions each year to help prepare spotters for the upcoming severe weather season. The NWS conducts the training at the invitation of local emergency management officials who organize the training and who, in most cases are responsible for maintaining their local storm spotter network.

The training sessions are typically about two hours long and cover fundamental information that every spotter needs to know, with a focus on safety, identification of key weather features and proper reporting procedures.

Daytime Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield Added

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 5:33pm CST

A daytime fan aspirated radiation shield has been added to the PlanoWeather.com station. The solar-powered fan will run during the day to reduce the effects of daytime radiation and will cease running when night falls and the effects of radiation are less.

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New Station Rain Cone

Monday, August 25th, 2014 8:32am CST

The PlanoWeather.com rain cone has been replaced with a redesigned model that includes a better debris screen and bird spikes.IMG_20140824_191839

March 27, 2014 – Evening Thunderstorm Pictures

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 8:53pm CST

Here are a few mobile phone pictures of the impressive thunderstorm that developed this evening over central Collin County and moved east. Are you prepared for severe weather season?

Lightning 1 Lightning 2 Storm 1 Storm 2

March 2, 2014 – Highest Daily Temperature Range Recorded by PlanoWeather.com

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 3:28pm CST

rangeOn 3/2/2014, the daily high temperature of 69.9° was recorded at 12:00am and the daily low temperature of 17.3° was recorded at 8:12pm. This 52.6° daily temperature range was the highest recorded by PlanoWeather.com to date.

SKYWARN Spotter Training – Collin County – Saturday, January 18, 2014

Friday, December 20th, 2013 12:58pm CST

PlanoWeather.com will be attending the Collin County Basic and Advanced Spotter Training Sessions on Saturday, January 18 from 8:30AM-4:30PM. If you are interested in attending, it is open to the public. No advanced registration is required.

LOCATION
Collin College:
Preston Ridge Campus
Conference Center; C105
9700 Wade Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75035

2014 Training Schedule for North Texas:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/skywarnsch.php?file=sptrsch

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/?n=skywarnmap

Below Freezing Temperature

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 1:22pm CST

PlanoWeather.com recorded 121 hours 10 minutes continually below freezing (12/5/13 12:01pm – 12/10/13 1:11pm)

Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Monday, March 4th, 2013 9:32am CST

Be a Force of NatureThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered to designate March 3-9, 2013, as National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and is calling upon all Americans to Be a Force of Nature.

PlanoWeather.com is committed to Being a Force of Nature and pledges to do so by: knowing our risk, taking action, and being an example for our families and community by sharing the steps we took. Because we live in an area prone to tornadoes, flash floods, and severe thunderstorms, recent outbreaks have reminded us that this weather can strike anywhere and at any time.

Just last year, there were more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Each time severe weather threatens we hear stories of ordinary Americans who do the extraordinary to save loved ones – a mother protecting her children by shielding them from flying debris, a homeowner opening up his storm shelter to neighbors, neighbors helping a senior in a wheelchair get to a safe shelter, individuals ensuring friends are aware of the current watch or warning in their area.

Tornadoes struck approximately 46 states, caused over $1.6 billion in damage and nearly 70 fatalities. There were more than 935 tornadoes in 2012, with 206 in April alone. While April and May are peak months, tornadoes happen all year round.

Building a Weather-Ready Nation requires that every individual and community take action because severe weather knows no boundaries and affects us all. Be a Force of Nature by making a public pledge to be prepared at ready.gov/severe-weather.

What can you do to Prepare?
Knowing your risk, taking action and being an example by sharing your knowledge and actions through your social network are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared and assist in saving lives.

Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Every state in the United States has experienced tornadoes and severe weather, so everyone is exposed to some degree of risk. Check the weather forecast regularly and visit ready.gov/severe-weather to learn more about how to be better prepared and how you can protect your family during emergencies.

Pledge and Take Action: Be a Force of Nature by taking the Pledge to Prepare at ready.gov/severe-weather. When you pledge to prepare, you will take the first step to making sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes filling out your family communications plan that you can email to yourself, putting an emergency kit together, keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place, and getting involved.

Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and check to see if your cell phone is equipped to receive Wireless Emergency Alerts and sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials. Stay informed by having multiple sources for weather alerts – NOAA Weather Radio, Weather.gov, and Wireless Emergency Alerts. Subscribe to receive alerts at www.weather.gov/subscribe.

Be an Example: Once you have taken action and pledged to Be a Force of Nature, share your story with your family and friends. Create a video and post on a video sharing site; post your story on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, comment on a blog, or share through any other social media site. Technology today makes it easier than ever to be a good example and share the steps you took to help us achieve the vision of a Weather-Ready Nation.

Join us today and pledge to prepare for the severe weather in our area.

Information on the different types of severe weather such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flooding is available at www.weather.gov and ready.gov/severe-weather or the Spanish-language web site www.listo.gov.