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.

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

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

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 CDT

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 CDT

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.

Station-DFARS

New Station Rain Cone

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

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 CDT

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 CDT

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.