Who We Are

Nathan
Nathan
Jessica
Jessica

About This Station

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.

A complete list of measurement tools, software, and accessories we use can be found on our Tools page.

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.

About This City

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Plano is a city in the state of Texas, located mostly within Collin County, but with a small portion that extends into Denton County, 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. The cities population was 269,776 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth most populated city in the state of Texas. The city is an affluent hub to many corporate headquarters, including Alliance Data, Cinemark Theaters, Dell Services, Denbury Resources, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, Huawei, J.C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Rent-A-Center, Traxxas, Siemens PLM Software and Toyota Motors USA.

Plano is in the humid subtropical climate zone. The highest recorded temperature was 118 °F (48 °C) in 1936. On average, the coolest month is January and the warmest is July. The lowest recorded temperature was -7 °F (-22 °C) in 1930. The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.

About This Website

This site is a template design by CarterLake.org with PHP conversion by Saratoga-Weather.org.

Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather for his work on the original Carterlake templates, and his design for the common website PHP management.

Special thanks to Mike Challis of Long Beach WA for his wind-rose generator, Theme Switcher and CSS styling help with these templates.

Special thanks go to Ken True of Saratoga-Weather.org for the AJAX conditions display, dashboard and integration of the TNET Weather common PHP site design for this site.

Cloud base graphic courtesy of Bashewa Weather

Thermometer graphic courtesy of Bashewa Weather (adapted from Saratoga Weather)

Template is originally based on Designs by Haran.

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