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|Posted on February 8, 2018 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Austin Althouse a student from Douglass High School is being honored with the 2017 KSHSAA Heart of the Arts Award, which recognizes the values of participants in high school arts programs that go above and beyond the norm. KSHSAA Executive Director Gary Musselman invited all member high schools of the Association to submit the name of a student(s), teacher(s), or group(s) demonstrating such qualities. Austin Althouse was selected from five outstanding nominations submitted by KSHSAA member senior high schools. Austin Althouse is a student from Douglass High School who has a diagnosis of Autism, has turned a strength and interest of electronics and working with sounds systems into a skill that has served Douglass High School the community well right now, and will benefit Austin in the future. “He started bringing his computer to baseball games and practices to play music and it has blossomed from there to include all of the performances in the auditorium,” explains Jason Menard, Douglass High School Assistant Principal/Activities Director. “It started as an administrator to student relationship that is now almost a business relationship, where we are partners in many of the things we are doing. He has even put up proposals for us to upgrade our sound systems all over the district.” The KSHSAA Student Advisory Team participates in the selection of the state of Kansas honoree. “The unique way Kansas selects their State winners is without parallel. No other state association utilizes students as their selection committee,” said Executive Director, Gary Musselman. John Gills, NFHS Associate Director wrote to the KSHSAA Student Advisory Team, saying, “Thank you for the outstanding work you do to generate Kansas nominations for these NFHS Awards. You play a very important role in recognizing these very deserving individuals at the state and national levels.” As the state honoree, Althouse will receive a plaque to be displayed at his school. The presentation of the plaque will take place at a KSHSAA tournament or local event that is yet to be determined. Douglass High School’s winning nomination of Austin Althouse has been submitted for consideration by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). This is the fourth year the National Federation has presented the NFHS Heart of the Arts award. The NFHS will announce a national honoree at its annual summer meeting in early July. Kansas was the first state high school association in the nation to develop a state Heart of the Arts Award for the express purpose of recognizing outstanding acts of character, leadership and demonstrating the true heart of arts in educational performing arts programs,” said Executive Director, Gary Musselman. “We believe it is important to focus attention on the many positive acts which occur in our programs every year. Without question, every Kansas high school has students and faculty who demonstrate the true heart of the performing arts on a daily basis. Bringing recognition to Austin Althouse from Douglass High School is in keeping with the mission of the KSHSAA.”
|Posted on August 5, 2017 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
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.
|Posted on August 4, 2017 at 12:25 PM||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.
|Posted on November 22, 2016 at 12:55 PM||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!
|Posted on November 17, 2016 at 12:10 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on November 4, 2016 at 2:25 PM||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.
|Posted on November 2, 2016 at 2:05 PM||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:
|Posted on October 3, 2016 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
...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...
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.
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
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.
|Posted on September 14, 2016 at 9:40 AM||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:
|Posted on July 1, 2016 at 1:55 AM||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.
|Posted on May 12, 2016 at 2:55 PM||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]
|Posted on May 2, 2016 at 10:40 AM||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]