House Calls

Quick update: a few METARs of note added

Hello everyone,

We are in the midst of some behind-the-scenes work here at AllisonHouse to be fully ready for the severe weather season this spring. As a result, I haven’t been able to update the METAR database for a little while, but I just did so tonight. Nothing Earth-shattering in terms of additions or changes, but two sites did get added that storm chasers may want to know about:

KBWW – Bowman, ND. This is in southwest North Dakota at the intersections of U.S. Highways 85 and 12. The closest METAR site is over 30 miles to the east-southeast at Hettinger, ND. That will be helpful in the late spring and early-mid summer for those late season events.

KHSD – Oklahoma City Sundance Airport. This is actually near Piedmont, or just southeast of it, actually. When I take off and land from OKC, I can see this airport coming into Will Rogers (KOKC) and wondered what that was. Now that it reports METARs, I wonder no longer!

A site ID change in rural Georgia, and another over in India (that’s not a typo!) round out the updates I had to make. Enjoy, and thanks again for being our subscriber, we really do appreciate it!

More data, and we’ve been busy!

Hello everyone,

We’ve been busy here at AllisonHouse! Adding more data (of course), and we’ve been doing a bunch of other things as well. Here’s a quick recap, in case you missed it:

As usual, I have been updating our METAR and CMAN/Buoy databases. There are actually new buoys in California going up around the state to measure water temperature, As they are coming online, I am adding them! Also, finally, new METAR sites are popping up in expected locations. Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee are working to get all their sites online now. This week, Williamsburg, KY, Kennett, MO and Madisonville, TN came online and are all reporting data to us. You’ll see those in our placefiles, and on AllisonHouse Maps!

So, you “blinged” out your chase vehicle? Check out our page and enter the Storm Chaser Vehicle Contest! First place is $250, 2nd place is $150, third place is $100! Come on, I see you with your zillion antennas and logos. There’s no cost to enter, but you do have to enter to win! See our Facebook page for details.

Finally…AllisonHouse is now a Weather Ready Nation Ambassdor! We promote weather safety to keep you safe…and NOAA has recognized us as such as we continue to do so all year long. Always be prepared for dangerous or severe weather, and stay informed with AllisonHouse and our partners to help keep you safe!

That’s all for now…wow, I can’t believe the year is winding down. I hope you all have a great upcoming Christmas season, and we’ll see YOU at Chasercon!

What are you thankful for today?

Today is Thanksgiving, and a lot of people have a lot of things to be thankful about. We aren’t being trite, sarcastic or self-promoting in any way when we say thank you to all of our customers. We may be a small company, but we work our backsides off to make you happy. And for you, we most assuredly ARE thankful!

But as I was typing up this blog post, I was thinking. A lot of people are frustrated and angry these days. And I get that: there’s a lot of bad stuff going on. But as a former media guy who still dabbles in the media from time to time, I can tell you that there’s no doubt about it: if all you did was watch the news on TV or in newspapers, or on the Internet…you’d get very depressed in a hurry. So, let’s do this: push yourself away from the computer (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone), and think about…what you can be thankful for. If you’re living in a basement, be thankful: you have a real roof over your head, and most people in the world don’t. And even if you are working 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet, you can be thankful, even though it is hard work…it ,means there is food on the table 2 or 3 times per day. And to those who are working today…thank you. Police, fire, ambulance teams, our military, train crews and dispatchers, broadcasters, toll booth operators, utility companies manning the nuclear power plants, or natural gas generation plants, airline pilots and airports…those in retail (sorry…I hope someday you get Friday off too)…again, a heartfelt thank you.

So, AH customers, let’s hear it…what are YOU thankful for today?