West Texas Mesonet – Texas Tech University. www.mesonet.ttu.edu. TTU Wind Science & Engineering www.wind.ttu.edu Atmospheric Science Group www.atmo.ttu.edu. INTRODUCTION.
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TTU Wind Science & Engineering
Atmospheric Science Group
The West Texas Mesonet project was initiated in 1999 to provide free real-time weather and agricultural information for residents of the South Plains region of western Texas. The network has grown to include fifty-five surface meteorological stations, one radar wind profiler, one acoustic wind profiler, and one upper-air sounding system. Our newest station was just completed near St. Lawrence, Texas.
Weather information from each surface station is transmitted every five minutes back to our base station at Reese Center (12 miles west of Lubbock). Agricultural data (including soil temperature and moisture information) are transmitted every fifteen minutes. All real-time data collected from the surface stations are available on our main web page at www.mesonet.ttu.edu.
55 mesonet stations…..in 37 counties…..in two states…..in two time zones……and looking to expand!
55 Completed Stations – 1/23/2009
Memphis 1 mile Northeast Station – Hall County
Goodlett 3 miles West Station – Hardeman County
Childress 2 miles NNE Station – Childress County
Wind Power Industry
National Weather Service
And Many More….
Real-time Data Access: Real-time mesonet information (data and products) is free to anyone on the web page at www.mesonet.ttu.edu .
Average web hits per day: 41,000
For the month of June 2008: 2.1 million hits…71,000 hits/day…38.8 GB bandwidth…9400 unique visitors.
Peak one-day total: 156,946 (as of 9/12/2008)
Maintenance: Each station is visited every two months to complete routine maintenance. When an instrument fails, we replace it as soon as possible. If a station is not sending quality data, it is not helping anyone.
Funding: The funding to maintain the West Texas Mesonet has almost exclusively been provided by Texas Tech University, although we are pursuing other opportunities to support maintenance and continued expansion of the network.
Macy Ranch WTM Station: Double Mountain Fork of The
Brazos River in Southwest Garza County….
New Products Coming to the Mesonet Web Page:
Heat Units for Different Crops…
GIS Plots of Rain, Temperature, And Other Data…
What products do you want to see on the web page????
WTM Station One mile
Northwest of Lake Alan
Henry In Eastern Garza