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The Next Generation NWIDC Software

Posted on September 11, 2018 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The AWL Weather Network is redesigning the Network Weather Information Downloader Computer (NWIDC) software. The purpose of this new and exciting version is to allow better and faster performance options and allows us to generate the AWN graphics within the software itself. With this new NWIDC software, the program will be able to:

  • Perform better and faster with all of the program's programming rewritten.
  • Graphics are internally generated by the software. No more files containing blank templates of the graphics.
  • Clearer and cleaner designs of the graphics allow the program to display weather information in an easy to read format.
  • Newly redesigned vocal narriation of important weather information lets you know of severe weather in your area.
  • The NWIDC's main menu and settings menus have been redesigned for better ease of use.
  • Software updates make sure that you are never caught off guard by issues with the software.
  • The new NWIDC uses weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap, a service which provides weather forecasts and conditions for cities worldwide. Information from OpenWeatherMap comes from NOAA, CanadianEnviromental, and other weather agencies.

The change from Weather Underground to OpenWeatherMap comes as The Weather Company, owner of Weather Underground, announced that their API which the NWIDC uses to download weather conditions, forecasts, and astronomy data for your city, will be discontinued at the end of this year.

The AWL Weather Network does not have a scheduled release date for the new NWIDC program but it will be before the end of 2018.


The AWL Weather Network, a division of Althouse Sound and Weather provides weather information in an easy to read format using both software and web based services.

A Meteorological Christmas is Being Re-imagined!

Posted on September 5, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

We are re-imagining how we do A Meteorological Christmas this year. During AWN Tracks Santa, instead of seeing just AWN Tracks Santa, you will see both weather and Santa information on the same screen. That way, we can deliver both Santa tracking information and weather information. More details will be released when we get closer.

Austin Althouse Awarded with KSHSAA "Heart of the Arts" Award

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments 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.”

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)

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.

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.