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Austin Althouse Recognized By Kansas Dept of Education's TASN for Sound System Work at DHS

Posted on August 5, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

TASN is interviewing the school district superintendent in the picture above.

Source of Picture: www.facebook.com/DouglassHighSchool

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Austin Althouse has been featured by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News and the Butler County Times for his knowledge of weather. But this past May, he was recognized by the Kansas Department of Education's Technical Assistance System Network or TASN for short. TASN, according to their website, provides technical assistance to help and support school districts' implementation of evidence-based practices. The video production occured on Friday, May 12th. The video is currently being edited but a release date has not been set. We will post the video for all to see on the Althouse Sound page when it becomes available.

NWIDC Digital HD10 Core to replace NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder

Posted on August 4, 2017 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder will be replaced with a new version of the NWIDC Software. AWN will be releasing NWIDC Digital HD10 Core. The reason for this update is because of many performance issues we have had with the program. The program has the tendency to crash when it is needed the most. The program is also known to not always update some information. While some of this can be blamed on a poor internet connection, the choice was made to discontinue NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder and create a new, more powerful NWIDC software that corrects many performance issues.

The software will have most of the features and informational graphics that NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder has. Most however, will have to be deleted due to errors being received by the software and those errors showing up in the live broadcast.

The new software will also have new graphics as we redesign the entire AWL Weather Network. The new graphics will also have a LDL as previous versions before Thunder have. Here is a rendering of the main graphics screen.

AWN will continue to supply support for NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder until the start of 2018. After then, NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder users will then be recommended to switch to NWIDC Digital HD10 Core. 

Please stay tuned for further updates as we get closer to a possible release date. Thank You.

Your Thanksgiving 2016 Forecast

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hold on to your feathers because this Thanksgiving is going to be a windy one!

This year's Thanksgiving celebration is going to be a windy one for areas near Wichita as a cold front comes into the area next week bring temperatures in the lower 50s. Stay tuned for updates and hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!


REMEMBER: A Meteorological Christmas 2016 starts on Friday, November 25th at MIdnight!

A Frontier Christmas 2016 Forecast

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

NOTE: FORECAST MAY CHANGE WITH OR WITHOUT NOTICE AS WEATHER CONDITIONS CHANGE THROUGH OUT THE REST OF THIS WEEK.

Expect cooler weather this weekend for A Frontier Christmas 2016. You can expect highs near 50 so it is recommended to bring a coat. Last year, it was cold as it was maybe around lower 40s. Even our sun couldn't help us warm up. Since Thanksgiving is next week, AWN will be starting A Meteorological Christmas on Friday, November 25th at 12:00 AM Central Time. Also, your Thanksgiving forecast will becoming out at a later date closer to Thanksgiving.

A Frontier Christmas (Formally Frontiers Day and Christmas Around Town until the 2014 convertion) is a festival in the City of Douglass, Kansas where there is a car show, sunset parade, and lighting of the town Christmas Trees. (There are actually 2 small trees and one tall tree).

AWN to Conduct Performance and Capabilities Testing of the NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder Software

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The AustinWeather Company and the AWL Weather Network will be performing performance and capabilities testing of the NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder software. The reason for conducting these tests is to see how the software reacts under specific weather, internet, and computer conditions. These tests hopefully, will be able to help AWN understand some problems in the software such as the program crashing. AWN will be releasing the test results when all data has been accounted for.

NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder to Hopefully Be Able to Decode EAS Messages

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The AWL Weather Network may soon push the NWIDC Digital HD10 Thunder one step futher into the future with the abillity to decode Emergency Alert System tones. The already powerful software may have this feature later in the future. Here is how we expect the program to operate:

  1. NWIDC program monitors your EAS Encoder/Decoder for alerts via a USB connection to the device.
  2. If an alert is detected, your equipment will send the signal to the NWIDC software where it will hopefully decode the EAS messages and display a ticker with information from the decoded message.
This feature will be called AWN Alerter and it DOES NOT access any IPAWS server. It strictly monitors your EAS equipment for the alerts. Right now, this feature is still in the thinking processes and right now, The AustinWeather Company/AWL Weather Network can not say weither this feature will be in the NWIDC program or not.


If you have any questions, please email Austin Althouse at [email protected] 

Dangerous Severe Weather Threat Today!

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)


A dangerous severe weather threat is possible this evening across South Central Kansas with the chance of baseball sized hail and destructive 75 mph straight line winds. Flooding is also a concern. Here is today's SPC Outlook.


...THERE IS AN ENH RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS CENTRAL/EASTERN KS AND NORTH-CENTRAL OK...

 

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS THE SOUTH-CENTRAL PLAINS/MIDDLE MO RIVER VALLEY...

 

...THERE IS A MRGL RISK OF SVR TSTMS SURROUNDING THE SLGT RISK FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TO THE UPPER MIDWEST...


 

SUMMARY

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING

ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS NORTHWARD

INTO PARTS OF THE FAR EASTERN DAKOTAS AND WESTERN MINNESOTA. THE

GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE STORMS...CAPABLE OF VERY LARGE

HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS...AND A COUPLE OF TORNADOES...WILL BE ACROSS

PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN KANSAS AND NORTH-CENTRAL OKLAHOMA.


 

SYNOPSIS

RELATED TO AN EAST/NORTHEASTWARD-SHIFTING UPPER

TROUGH...STRENGTHENING/CYCLONICALLY CURVED MID/HIGH-LEVEL FLOW WILL

CONTINUE TO OVERSPREAD THE PLAINS TOWARD THE UPPER MIDWEST/LOWER MO

VALLEY THROUGH TONIGHT. A TROUGH-EMBEDDED UPPER LOW WILL PIVOT OVER

THE NORTHERN HIGH PLAINS...WHILE A SHORTWAVE TROUGH/SPEED MAX

OVERSPREADS AN INCREASINGLY MOIST/UNSTABLE BOUNDARY LAYER LATER

TODAY ACROSS THE SOUTH-CENTRAL PLAINS/MIDDLE MO VALLEY.


 

SOUTH-CENTRAL PLAINS INCLUDING KS/OK

CONSIDERABLE CLOUD COVER/SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE PRESENT EARLY

THIS MORNING FROM EAST-CENTRAL NEB SOUTHWARD INTO

NORTH-CENTRAL/WEST-CENTRAL OK. WHILE A FEW STRONGER STORMS WILL

PERSIST...ORGANIZED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE UNLIKELY EARLY TODAY.

IN THE WAKE OF THIS ACTIVITY...A MODERATELY MOIST AIR MASS FOR THE

SEASON WILL BE TRANSPORTED NORTHWARD...WITH MOSTLY LOWER/MIDDLE 60S

F SURFACE DEWPOINTS /WHICH ARE AS FAR NORTH AS NORTH-CENTRAL TX AS

OF 12Z/ BECOMING INCREASINGLY ESTABLISHED ACROSS OK INTO

CENTRAL/EASTERN KS. A 13.5 G/KG MEAN-MIXING RATIO WAS NOTED IN THE

12Z OBSERVED SOUNDING FROM FORT WORTH THIS MORNING /ROUGHLY 90TH

PERCENTILE CLIMATOLOGICALLY/. GIVEN ANTICIPATED DIURNAL

HEATING/MIXING ON THE WESTERN PERIPHERY OF THE EARLY-DAY DEPARTING

CLOUDS/PRECIPITATION...THIS SHOULD RESULT IN UPWARDS OF 1000-2000

J/KG MLCAPE BY MID/LATE AFTERNOON AHEAD OF THE EAST/SOUTHEAST-MOVING

COLD FRONT ACROSS KS AND NEAR/EAST OF THE DRYLINE ACROSS OK.

 

AIDED BY INCREASING FORCING FOR ASCENT ASSOCIATED WITH THE

EAST/NORTHEASTWARD-EJECTING BASED-EMBEDDED SHORTWAVE TROUGH AND

ASSOCIATED SPEED MAX ALOFT...THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD INITIALLY DEVELOP

AS EARLY AS 20Z-21Z ACROSS CENTRAL KS NEAR THE FRONT. ADDITIONAL

DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED ACROSS SOUTH-CENTRAL KS /INCLUDING WICHITA

VICINITY/ INTO PARTS OF NORTHERN OK BY LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY

EVENING...MAINLY IN VICINITY OF A WEAK FRONTAL WAVE AND NEAR THE

FRONT/DRYLINE INTERSECTION AND POINTS SOUTHWARD.

 

SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF LARGE HAIL WILL INITIALLY BE POSSIBLE...AND AT

LEAST SOME TORNADO RISK SHOULD EXIST AS WELL PARTICULARLY ACROSS

SOUTH-CENTRAL KS/NORTH-CENTRAL OK TOWARD/JUST AFTER SUNSET.

STORMS SHOULD STEADILY INCREASE IN COVERAGE THROUGH THE EVENING WITH

A QUASI-LINEAR MODE EVOLVING ESPECIALLY ACROSS KS INTO SOUTHEAST NEB

GIVEN THE FRONT-RELATED FORCING AND BACKED MID-LEVEL WINDS. THIS

SHOULD PROMOTE THE EVOLUTION OF A LARGER CONVECTIVE CLUSTER BY

AROUND MID-EVENING...WITH AT LEAST SOME RISK FOR DAMAGING WINDS

CONTINUING/SPREADING EAST-SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS EASTERN KS/FAR

NORTHEAST OK THROUGH THE LATE EVENING/EARLY OVERNIGHT HOURS.

 

TO THE SOUTH OF NORTH-CENTRAL OK...STORM COVERAGE IS MORE UNCERTAIN

WITH SOUTHWARD EXTENT ALONG THE DRYLINE ACROSS WEST-CENTRAL

OK...WITH A NOTABLE ABSENCE OF DEEPER CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT

DEPICTED IN MOST 00Z/06Z-BASED DETERMINISTIC MODELS AND

HIGHER-RESOLUTION CONVECTION-ALLOWING MODELS/RELATED ENSEMBLES.

WHILE A COUPLE OF STORMS WILL PROBABLY TRY TO DEVELOP/REMAIN

SUSTAINED PRESUMING SUFFICIENT NEAR-DRYLINE

HEATING/MIXING...CONFIDENCE IS LIMITED BY RELATIVELY MODEST

NEAR-DRYLINE CONFLUENCE/CONVERGENCE WITHIN THE LOWEST 1-2 KM AGL.

REGARDLESS...SUPERCELL-CONDUCIVE DEEP-LAYER SHEAR AND BUOYANCY WOULD

YIELD AN ISOLATED SEVERE RISK IF/WHERE STORMS DEVELOP AND REMAIN

SUSTAINED ACROSS OK...PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE LIKELIHOOD OF A MORE

DISCRETE CONVECTIVE MODE VIA DRYLINE-NORMAL-ORIENTED

DEEP-LAYER-SHEAR VECTORS. AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED...A LARGE

HAIL/TORNADO RISK APPEARS MOST PROBABLE ACROSS NORTH-CENTRAL OK NEAR

THE DRYLINE/FRONT INTERSECTION...BUT THESE THREATS CANNOT BE

DISCOUNTED FARTHER SOUTH ACROSS OK SHOULD STORMS INDEED FORM BY

EARLY EVENING.



Here is the Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service in Wichita, Kansas.

 

TODAY AND TONIGHT

 

THUNDERSTORMS WILL PERSIST THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE MORNING. SMALL

HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGER STORMS.

 

A SECOND ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP DURING THE

AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT. SOME OF THE STORMS WILL BE

SEVERE WITH UP TO BASEBALL SIZED HAIL AND WINDS TO 70 MPH. THERE

WILL BE A VERY SMALL CHANCE OF A BRIEF TORNADO OVER SOUTH CENTRAL

KANSAS. HEAVY RAIN WITH LOCALIZED FLOODING IS POSSIBLE THIS

EVENING...ESPECIALLY OVER THE FLINT HILLS.

 


WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

 

THUNDERSTORMS WILL REMAIN IN THE FORECAST FROM TUESDAY NIGHT

THROUGH FRIDAY...WITH STRONG STORMS POSSIBLE ON WEDNESDAY AND SEVERE

STORMS POSSIBLE ON THURSDAY.

 

SOME FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE DURING THIS PERIOD...ESPECIALLY OVER

THE FLINT HILLS.


AWN will be starting severe weather coverage around around 3:20 PM. We ask that everyone stay tuned to local TV and radio and stay tuned to the AWL Weather Network for the latest updates as they become available. Stay tuned for updates.

NWIDC Status Report: Weather Alerts Are Going Well

Posted on September 14, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The AWL Weather Network rolled out an update to the NWIDC software in May of 2016. This update was centered around automatic weather alerts. The alerts are going quite well. The update and software is going really well and we are working on getting some bugs out of the software that are causing it to crash. We have an update that will be rolled out soon that includes the following: 

  • In Program Support Including: Link for TeamViewer Support, Online Knowlege Base.
  • A More Secure Login: AWN is going to roll out a even more secure login. This will include: Login Verification: Prevents someone from accessing the software without permission, administrative account: Allows an administrator to see users, change usernames and passwords, and change any broadcast settings. Please stay tuned for a document explaining the update.

 

AWNHD Broadcast Audio to be put into Nobex Radio App

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Unfortunantly, the AWN Weather App has not gone as planned. Therefore for now, AWN will not have a mobile app. However, a person that has been helping set up the AWN with Nobex did say that people won't see video but will be able to hear the AWN broadcasts's audio. Please stay tuned for updates.

Automatic Weather Alerts Now Available on AWN

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

AWN has released a historic update of the NWIDC software application. The weather alerts are the center of this update as they are now relying on the National Weather Service's RSS feeds and not AWN to display the warnings. Alerts used to display the type of alerts and when it expires. Now, you will get the FULL text just as it is written by the NWS Meteorologist. The alert ticker however as of 5/12/2016, does not have the abillity to hide if no alerts are in effect. So until then, you will hear the weather alert tone and see the alert ticker but no text will be scrolled. Stay tuned for updates on this new feature and if you have any questions, concerns, or issues, contact AWN's NWIDC Support at [email protected]

Local Forecast Now Available in the Local Version

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

AWN is proud to announce that the Local Version of the Local Forecast segment is now working. Users will be getting a NWIDC Update within the next few days. If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]


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