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[aprssig] Weather station viewing online

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Thu Feb 12 14:23:30 UTC 2009


I would not be surprised to find out that the forecasters at your WFO  
are already using that APRS data, even they may not be aware where the  
data comes from. Much of it appears automatically on their AWIPS  
workstations. This would be the interface they would most likely  
prefer, it is optimized for their needs and they are already familiar  
with its operation.

Any station that is signed up for processing through the Citizen  
Weather Observing Program has its data flow through findU into the  
MADIS intake system, where QC is performed and the data made available  
to everyone, including AWIPS, via MADIS. Station are added at the  
request of the owners or the request of forecasters. You can check if  
a station is enrolled by going to findU's weather page for the station:

http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/wxpage.cgi?call=KG4LXH-2

look in the left hand column for "Quality control graphs" under  
Citizen Weather Links" subheading. If the link appears, then the data  
will be on your forecaster's AWIPS. It will not appear under the ham  
callsign, instead an identifier starting with A for ham and C or D for  
CWOP stations will appear. You can see the identifier by clicking on  
the QC link, the ID is in the URL sent to request the QC graphs.

Stations not enrolled will not have the quality control graph link in  
that section, for example

http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/wxpage.cgi?call= KCYM4

Info on getting a station added is at

http://www.wxqa.com/SIGN-UP.html

Glancing through kb8zgl's near.cgi list, most of the stations around  
you are already signed up.

Steve K4HG

On Feb 12, 2009, at 8:37 AM, Michael J. Wolthuis wrote:

> What is the best way to view multiple weather stations online?  Is  
> there any way to plot them all on a Google Map and be able to click  
> for the weather data that currently exists?
>
> I know I can do it with Findu, but I am looking for more graphical  
> weather display and integration with Google Maps if possible.  We  
> want to then give this to the NWS locally.
>
> It would be even better if we could set alarms for certain  
> conditions noted by the weather stations and then turn them colors  
> on Google Maps.
>
> Any ideas to get me in the right direction?
>
> Thanks,
> Mike
> Kb8zgl
>
>
>
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