WAOW's StormTrack 9 in Wausau, Wisconsin Teams Up with WeatherBug

StormTrack 9 is unveiling a first of it's kind weather monitoring program for Northcentral Wisconsin. 

"It is a powerful tool" meteorologist Jacob Wycoff told Newsline 9. 

Wycoff works with WeatherBug.  That's a network of private weather observation sites StormTrack 9 is teaming up with.  The partnership is makes real-time atmospheric data from nearly 10,000 stations available to our meteorologists at Newsline 9.

"You're getting data every two seconds.  So when a thunderstorm moves into an area you're going to be able to see those rain totals tick up as it's going on" Wycoff said.

That's an important feature.  Right now publicly available weather observation sites report data hourly.  But with StormTrack 9's new partnership, we'll know exactly how much rain is falling, how strong the wind is blowing, and a number of other atmospheric conditions instantly as they happen. 

"The airport data could be up to an hour old, and as meteorologists know, weather changes in between those hourly observations.  So as Newsline 9 is our exclusive partner here in Wausau, you're not going to have to wait for that next update" Wycoff said.

WeatherBug observation sites have already been working at Horace Mann Middle School in Wausau, Spencer, Wisconsin Rapids, Rhinelander and Adams-Frienship. 

The partnership also makes available a nationwide network of sky cams available to StormTrack 9. 

"Weather comes from other areas of the country and when it's moving toward Wausau you are going to be able to show the weather on those camera as it comes closer to you" Wycoff said.

For a look at the latest forecast from the StormTrack 9 team of meteorologists, follow this link: http://www.waow.com/weather.

About the WAOW WeatherBug Schools Program

Schools in the Wausau, Wisconsin area can join the new WAOW WeatherBug Schools Program and be part of a network of thousands of schools nationwide. Schools that join through the purchase of a weather station and camera can have their weather information and images used on-air during WAOW news broadcasts. Schools in the program also use WeatherBug Achieve web-based software, which supports K-12 science, technology and math (STEM) curriculum with hands-on classroom lessons. Weather data from the school’s own station, combined with severe weather alerting, provide school faculty and staff with the critical information necessary to make important transportation and safety-related decisions.

Schools interested in joining the WeatherBug Schools Program can learn more by visiting www.weatherbugschools.comor emailing weatherbugschools@earthnetworks.com.

The WeatherBug Broadcast Program connects television stations with local schools and the community to provide students and the public with hands-on access to real-time weather information. Contact tv@earthnetworks.com to learn more.




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