National Wind Institute Dedicates 75th West Texas Mesonet Station
New station will help determine conditions that lead to high wildfire danger.
Written by Karin Slyker
Ribbon cutting for West Texas Mesonet’s 75th station.
Texas Tech University announced Monday (June 3) the dedication of its 75th weather station in the West Texas Mesonet (WTM) network, in conjunction with the National Weather Service and the City of Amarillo.
The station was installed just near the City of Amarillo Hollywood Road Waste Water Treatment Plant, south of Hollywood Road and Grand. It is the first station installed in Amarillo or Potter/Randall counties, with several more planned in the future.
The station is unique with the addition of fire weather sensors, to assist forecasters in the determination of meteorological conditions which lead to high wildfire danger.
WTM is an independent project started by Texas Tech, with a mission to provide accurate meteorological data for distribution across West Texas, including operational meteorology, agriculture and farming, research and media.
The first WTM weather data station was installed in June 2000 at Reese Center, located 12 miles west of Lubbock. Now, with this latest addition, the WTM network covers 54 counties in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Rolling Plains, Permian Basin, Trans Pecos, Concho Valley, Big Country, Edwards Plateau, Hill Country and eastern New Mexico.
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