100 Years Old

I’ve observed something interesting the last few days.  It has been plenty hot and uncomfortable in Dallas/Fort Worth, near 100 each day for the last few weeks.

Most afternoons on the NWS Chat someone asks if DFW or ACT has hit 100 and the NWS folks happily reply, after a moments delay, while they “dial-in” to check the latest numbers from the station in question.

The “official” climate report isn’t released until after the evening newscasts, but the high temperature for the day is usually recorded around 5:00pm or before.

Habits are interesting things.  Shouldn’t anyone be able to see the temperature reports from any time at any point?  Should we need to bother the busy folks at NWS because we need to make a graphic by a certain time?  Isn’t one of the benefits of the Internet that it is real time?

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About Kevin Selle

Chief Meteorologist, KFDX-TV. Co-host, WeatherBrains.
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2 Responses to 100 Years Old

  1. RDale says:

    Ehhh, I dunno about this one. I see the CLIDFW seems to be issued about 430pm each day – shouldn’t that be ample for most newscasts? Does the public really need to know if the temp is 98 versus 99 at the airport? With sites like Wunderground providing neighborhood conditions every 5 seconds, that should work for a majority of users.

    And to settle the case – phone lines are pretty cheap. Putting an Internet drop at every ASOS site – priceless 😉

  2. Jason_Elser says:

    I do believe that it is a great benefit of the internet that we can get reports in real-time. With the equipment to be able to put the weather reporting stations online getting better and more cost effective it would seem to be a good idea. Putting the stations online would free up the already stretched thin staff we have at our local NWS offices. It would give anyone anywhere the ability to see the data at any time. Getting reports from NWS equipment would be more accurate in my mind as some of the Wunderground reporting stations may or may not be set up correctly. They may work ok for the person who views weather as a hobby, but for us that are serious about the weather a accurate reading is a must.

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