Friday, April 21, 2017

New weather station, meteors, & severe storms

A project that has been in the works for a VERY long time has finally reached completion. I was approached over a year ago about helping install a weather station for Via-Christi's Georgetown senior living facility. There were some obstacles that we thought might get in the way early on, but as it turns out, we found a way. With the help of some dedicated individuals, residents at Georgetown will now be able to watch (in real-time) rainfall reports, wind gusts, check the temperature, and see what the wind gusts are during a storm.

The weather is always a topic of discussion, and even those that aren't particularly interested in knowing the current conditions, seemed excited that they could now get live weather reports anytime they wanted. To help celebrate the kickoff, Millie and I will be giving a weather presentation today (Friday) to the residents there. I hope they enjoy the new weather station and many days and years to come of watching Kansas weather with us.

There is a meteor shower taking place this weekend. It's the Lyrid meteor shower, but viewing will be less than ideal because of the clouds and rain. But if... and it's a big if... there should be some breaks in the clouds where you live early Saturday (which might include some of western Kansas), you can look to the northeast for the meteors. There could be 10-20 per hour with ideal viewing conditions (that being clear skies and moonless skies). This isn't one of the better meteor showers, but they can be entertaining if the weather cooperates.

Potential Severe Weather Setup:
We have more storms in the forecast later next week. The setup is a bit more difficult to try and pin down the timing of the rain, but it's looking more favorable toward the end of the week. It's a setup that could include severe weather as well. One feature that stands out to me is the strong winds coming into the Plains in the Thursday time frame. There are other factors as well, but it's a time period we will update you on as we get closer in time.

Have a great weekend!!

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