Archive for April, 2011
I have published the code for my weather website on Codeplex. This is my first project on Codeplex. I hope to get a lot of great feedback and maybe even some people will want to use the code for the base for their own weather website. The code includes all the ASPX and the supporting DLLs that I have also previously made available for download from my site.
The code should work with any zip code for forecasts and any personal weather stations that are sending data to Weather Underground. It defaults to my zip code 49120 and personal weather station ID KMINILES3. The constructors for the objects should take a zip code or station ID. I don’t have any documentation on using the code, but now that all the code is available I hope developers will find most of it self documenting. I try to be really good about using descriptive class and variable names.
Well if you are interested in the downloading the code you can get it from here http://redfieldweather.codeplex.com
If you are interested in spotter training you should contact your local Warning Coordination Meteorologist. For my area you can get more information about Skywarn at the Northern Indiana NWS Skywarn Information website.
You might be thinking why should I do this? We have modern equipment and RADAR. Why do they still need weather spotters? Well after going to this class you will know why. Radar really has a lot of limitations. It takes about 5 minutes to get an image and at about 50 miles out from the radar it can’t see anything under 3500 feet. Think about that for a few minutes. If you have low level rotation in the storm it is possible that the radar can’t see it and a lot can happen in 5 minutes. Early warning is what saves lives and as a spotter you could help. It only takes about 3 hours out of your life.
I have also updated my weather site Redfield Weather with a bunch of interesting links I got at the spotter training class. You can get to those links here, http://www.redfieldweather.com/NOAA/Default.aspx. I also made several other updates. I have updated the regional radar map to a larger animated image and I also added an animated lightning strike map that is populated from my lightning detector.