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Website Additions and Changes – Spring 2019

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 11:50pm CDT

We made a couple of additions to the home page of our site this week. First, we enabled a toggle to switch the live station data units-of-measure between Imperial and Metric. This was in response to a request we received through social media a few months ago.

Second, we added a Seasons Countdown section, because we all need a reminder that even though we hit 89.6 degrees today (4/9/19), Summer does not begin for another 72 days! The new section will update to countdown each season: Spring-Vernal Equinox, Summer – Summer Solstice, Fall – Autumn Equinox, and Winter – Winter Solstice.

We also made several graphical updates to freshen up the site. We added a seamless cloud background graphic, a new set of forecast icons, new moon phase images, and rounded corners on the header and footer sections, tables, header fields, and images.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for site changes or additions, please let us know!

New Pages and Site Changes

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 3:30pm CDT

We have made a few changes and additions to the site this week. We implemented a new Sunlight Pie Chart on the home page and added two new pages: GOES16 Animated GIF Satellite Loops and NWS Forecast Office Text Products.

Thank you to Jerry Wilkins, https://www.gwwilkins.org/, for putting these scripts together!

Home Page Addition – Average High and Low Temperature for Today

Thursday, July 5th, 2018 1:12pm CDT

Now that our station has almost 10 years of historical data, we have added new cells to our websites home page displaying the Average High and Average Low Temperature for the current day based on measurements we have collected since October of 2009.

This feature would not be possible without scripts written by Murry Conarroe of Wildwood Weather in Decatur, Texas.

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

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.

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.

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-hygro 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.

Daytime Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield Added

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

Station-DFARSA 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.