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.
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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.
It 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.
A new page has been added to the site that displays the NWS FWD Office Area Forecast Discussion – http://www.planoweather.com/wxforecastdiscussion.php.
A new page has been added to the site that provides a NOAA Weather Radio stream – http://www.planoweather.com/wxradio.php.
The station historical graphs page for PlanoWeather.com – http://www.planoweather.com/wxwugraphs.php has been updated to support the latest browser versions. Additionally, a new tab has been added for the display of hourly data and new options for the printing or downloading of charts.