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Date: Monday, April 21, 2014 | Time: 08:49 MDT (14:49 UTC) | Time Note »
The Weather Machine
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The Meteorology Team operates a meteorological monitoring program that is part of the Meteorology and Air Quality (MAQ) Group within the Environmental Stewardship Division (ENV).  The program, which is required by U.S. Department of Energy orders in support of Laboratory operations and emergency preparedness, is described in the Meteorological Monitoring Program.  The Weather Machine provides a web interface for customers to access data products and archives created and maintained by the Meteorology Team.

History of the Weather Machine:
At the suggestion of Lee Ankeny, the original Gopher version of the Weather Machine was set up in 1993. This version provided the first real-time access to data measured by the local meteorological tower system operated by Bill Olsen. The http version, with a revised home page, was established in 1995. In 1996 Darrell Holt and Lee added the data access capability, whereby archived weather measurements can be download directly via http data request forms.

In 2003, Jeremy Rishel completely redesigned the front-end architecture of the Weather Machine to make the site more dynamic and interactive. At the same time, several new features were added to the site, such as the Daily Weather Almanac, real-time SODAR measurements, and weather-data request forms for the FARSITE fire model. This new version of the website, which is coded in Active Server Pages (ASP), uses the latest Web Service technology to seamlessly integrate National Weather Service (NWS) forecast data with data measured by the LANL Meteorology Program.


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