Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Update on major changes

All right, since you asked...

I am still working on the new website. I am presently waiting on the new weather station parts to get here before I make the site officially open, but I already have some pages up if you would like to see what the final version will look like.

The website is

Be watching for more updates in the future!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Major changes ahead

Yes, everyone, by next week, there will be major changes to this blog (hint: new website!). Stay tuned for details.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rest of weather station on its way

Well, the One-Wire station is almost finished. I now have the temperature, humidity, and wind sensors, and I just ordered the barometer and rain gauge today. Hopefully, by the end of next week everything will be up and running!

Stay tuned for updates.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

WREG: Drought causes lakes' draining

Story by Dennis Turner

Arkabutla Lake, Miss - Most of us like to beat the summer heat in the water. That's why local lakes and reservoirs are so popular. But this year, you're likely to find more heat... and a lot less water.

Ann Betterton spends hours at Arkabutla Lake in the summer... but this year she says you might as well call it the "Arkabutla desert". "This is the second time I've seen it like this, but not this low."

The lake is so low swimmers say it's not easy to have fun here. "Very low, it's not usually low like this." said Melinda Gould who came to the lake to swim with friends.

The same conditions plague almost all the area lakes. Arkabutla, Grenada, Sardis and Enid all sit at record low levels. Lake levels here read from nearly 7 feet to more than 16 feet below normal. We're told even Pickwick is low, though not quite as bad, and Horseshoe lake in Arkansas is drier than normal.

All these reservoirs, are supposed to regulate flooding and conserve water. "We operate sorta like your bathtub, ok? On the lake, we draw it down to make way for the spring rains. When the spring rains come we have water in the lake and we can also let water out for the farmers." said Ernie Lentz of the Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, which operates the major North Mississippi lakes.

But this year the rains didn't come, and we'll soon find ourselves in the dry months of July, August and September.

How bad is it? More than half the boat ramps here look high and dry. What will it take to fix this? You won't believe the answer. Rangers here tell me it would take a hurricane or tropical storm to hover over us for a day or so to get this lake where it needs to be.

And as much as folks here want their lake back.. they're not ready for anything THAT drastic. "I don't wanna see no hurricane but I know we need some water, bad. ‘Cause the ground's so hard you can't do anything. Our garden's not doing good at all." said Betterton.

In fact, the lakes have had dozens of events like fishing tournaments cancel because of the lack of water.

But believe it or not, this dry spell does have a silver lining. "Next year fishing should be excellent because all these areas tthat [sic] are exposed where vigitation [sic] is growing and that's food for the fish." said Lentz.

But that's NEXT year. Now, you might think the low water might prevent more drowning problems, but rangers tell me they have the most drowning cases when the water's unusually high... or unusually low.

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Short Term Forecast from MEG:
Surely not.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Oops! I'm still alive

Well, if anyone is still out there, you may have noticed that this blog has not been updated in over five months, nor has my ChaseBlogs blog. Sorry. I have since gotten a job (and been fired from it) and many other major events have happened since January. Well, now I am going to try to revive this blog with its normal content. Additionally, I will be merging the ChaseBlog with this blog to help organize everything.

As you also may have noticed, the station has been down for several months. This is due to an almost complete hardware failure to the rain gauge and anemometer. And, because of that, Weather Display, my new weather station software-of-choice, won't let me upload incomplete data. Thus, the station has been down.

I have not attempted to fix that station, because I am soon going to be setting up the Hobby-Boards/One-Wire weather station. In my post below, I thoroughly described receiving the first components of the station. Well, today, I ordered the second phase of the new station from Hobby-Boards. I ordered the Wind Instrument, and various cables and connectors. I will let you know when it arrives here.

Additionally, a volunteer organization named CoCoRaHS has become active in TN, with help from the NWS. CoCoRaHS stands for "Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network". The organization seeks volunteers who will commit to report precipitation amounts from their home on a daily basis. All it requires is a manual 4" rain gauge (which can bought from a partner site). The NWS is a big sponsor of CoCoRaHS, and uses many of their reports. I joined in April and have been reporting almost every day. I would encourage anyone who likes to observe the weather daily to sign up! By the way, I am station TN-SH-4.

In other weather news, not much is happening weather wise, except for the major drought we are going through. Shelby County is listed on the US Drought Monitor as having a moderate drought, while the surrounding areas have a severe drought.

Well, that's all for now. I'll try to post tomorrow.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Station offline for a few minutes today

The weather station will be offline for the next few minutes as I move my computer to another part of the room. It shouldn't take very long.


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