New Page – NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio

Monday, March 12th, 2018 3:32pm CDT

PlanoWeather.com is now streaming NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio Station KEC56 162.400MHz to NOAAWeatherRadio.org. Streams can be accessed from the following page: http://www.planoweather.com/wxradio.php.

From NOAAWeatherRadio.org/about/: “WHY? NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio Saves Lives! Every citizen should own, or be near an active, alarm-ready Weather Radio. We know that’s not always possible, and this one example is sufficient: Millions of folks work in situations where Weather Radios aren’t available, but computers and mobile devices are handy. So. Here. We. Are.”

Our setup is using a Midland WR300 Weather Radio, connected to our weather station computer audio interface, encoded as MP3 audio using butt (Broadcast Using This Tool) at 32k bit rate and 22,050Hz sample rate, then streamed to the NOAAWeatherRadio.org Icecast server, where it is continually checked for quality and availability.

We strongly recommend that all homes have a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio. In addition to the Midland WR300 used for this project, we own and recommend the Midland WR400 Deluxe NOAA Weather Radio.

New Page – Local Lake Levels

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 4:07pm CDT

A new page has been added to the site that provides current local lake levels – http://www.planoweather.com/wxriverpage.php. It is configured to poll the 5 nearest Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (AHPS) monitored lakes. Data is updated to the page every 3 hours at 45 minutes past the hour. Clicking on each location will display its detailed page. For example, here are current details for Lake Lavon: http://www.planoweather.com/wxriverdetail.php?id=LVNT2

Station Rain Measurements

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 3:23pm CDT

We use a manual rain gauge to backup and calibrate our station rain measurements. Here is Jessica performing her daily “chore” the morning of February 21, 2018. That is a lot of rain for a 24-hour period in February!

SKYWARN Spotter Training – Collin County – Saturday, January 20, 2018

Monday, January 8th, 2018 10:43am CDT

PlanoWeather.com will be attending the Collin County Basic and Advanced Spotter Training Sessions on Saturday, January 20 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 AM – 12 Noon
Advanced Session at 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

LOCATION
Collin College
Conference Center
2400 Community Avenue
McKinney, TX 75070

2018 Training Schedule for North Texas:
http://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnsch?sptrsch
http://www.weather.gov/fwd/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.

Upcoming Website Changes and Server Upgrade

Saturday, January 14th, 2017 2:44pm CDT

The National Weather Service (NWS) will be implementing changes to its API as early as February 1, 2017. These changes will impact alerting protocols, forecast applications, and URL changes to SSL. As a result, the PlanoWeather.com server software must be upgraded for compatibility and many of our pages and back-end scripts will require updating. Over the next few weeks and when the NWS officially makes the transition, you may notice changes to the site and possibly experience issues as we work through the updates. Thank you in advance for your patience during this process.

SKYWARN Spotter Training – Collin County – Saturday, January 21, 2017

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 7:54pm CDT

PlanoWeather.com will be attending the Collin County Basic and Advanced Spotter Training Sessions on Saturday, January 21 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 AM – 12 Noon
Advanced Session at 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

LOCATION
Throckmorton Ballroom
Sheraton McKinney Hotel
1900 Gateway Boulevard
McKinney, TX  75070

2017 Training Schedule for North Texas:
http://www.weather.gov/fwd/skywarnsch?sptrsch
http://www.weather.gov/fwd/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. NWS Press Release

New Page – > 100 Data

Saturday, June 18th, 2016 10:33pm CDT

A new page has been added to the site that provides > 100 Data – http://www.planoweather.com/wxsummery.php

Another great script written by Murry Conarroe of Wildwood Weather in Decatur, Texas.

New Page – Freeze Data

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 7:36pm CDT

A new page has been added to the site that provides Freeze Data – http://www.planoweather.com/wxfreeze.php

Another great script written by Murry Conarroe of Wildwood Weather in Decatur, Texas.

2016 Collin County Skywarn Spotter Training Follow-up

Sunday, February 14th, 2016 3:42pm CDT

On Saturday, January 23, 2016 Nathan and Jessica of PlanoWeather.com attended the annual Collin County Skywarn Spotter Training sessions at Collin College Central Park Campus Conference Center in McKinney, TX.

certs shirtsThis year’s event welcomed 500 attendees to the morning basic session and 270 for the afternoon advanced topics. Speakers included Larry Mowry of CBS11 TV, National Weather Service Meteorologists, Collin County ARES, plus exhibitors.

Takeaways from the training:

Jessica “The training was amazing. Don’t measure hail until it stops falling! lol”

Nathan “Lots of information. Mark Fox was informative and very funny.”

If you missed the Collin County event, the National Weather Service in Ft. Worth will be conducting spotter training sessions across North Texas through the end of March. For details: http://bit.ly/hFO05K or http://bit.ly/hWPPV2

A big thank you to everyone involved in the organization of this great event!

Checklist

The Storm Spotter’s Checklist

Terms

Meteorological Terms

About this station – Who we are

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

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.