Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Transcona site joins Winnipeg mesonet

Another personal weather station (PWS) has come online in the Winnipeg area.. this one in Transcona (click here for data) I just noticed it this morning on my Winnipeg area temperature map plot. That helps to fill a big hole in the east end of the city that did not have any weather data up to now. Winnipeg now has at least 10 PWS sites around the city reporting real time data online to augment the official weather observations from Winnipeg Airport and Winnipeg Forks. Great to see, and welcome to the Winnipeg mesonet!

Personal weather stations are becoming more and more popular, where private citizens or organizations are purchasing their own weather stations, and posting their data automatically to the web for anyone to see in real time. It's a growing hobby, and one that is fast gaining interest from many users who rely on quick and reliable real time weather information from more and more sites. This is especially important for rainfall measurements which can vary widely even within a city itself. (as we've seen this past week or so..)

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