Lethbridge and Area Weather

CAMERA ISSUES

Due to a power failure on the Whoop-Up Traffic camera  – the unit is currently offline.  

Well howdy!  Glad to see you here at my Personal Weather Station (PWS)  “West Lethbridge Weather”!
A bit of information about the site:

First off, the station is located here on the west side of Lethbridge, Alberta.  Around here, you pretty much need to stay tuned into the weather conditions daily as they can change so suddenly and dramatically.  We can get all four seasons in a day sometimes – winter jacket in the morning and shorts and sunscreen in the afternoon!  There’s a reason they call Lethbridge “The Windy City”.  Me?  I tell visitors that we all think that wind under 100 kms per hour is still thought of as a “gentle breeze” and we are all used to sporting “hairstyles designed by moderate west winds”!   Hey – where else can you actually putt 100 yards or get your vehicle – and your face – sandblasted (well, okay, sand and dust blasted) for free?!

And while there is the local Official Environment Canada weather station located at YQL –  the Lethbridge airport – the weather is just plain different here, just a few kilometres to the west.  So, in 2007 I built my own station here in West Lethbridge.  In 2012 I added the Whoop-Up Drive Traffic Camera – a Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera located on the eastern end of Whoop-Up Drive, the main connector road between West Lethbridge and the eastern part of the city.  The camera shows traffic flow and there are various preset views that users can choose to access.

 We all have a load of weather forecast sites to choose from but, to be honest, I am truly proud of my westlethbridgeweather site!  I have a Davis Vantage Pro ll Weather Station, data logger, and dedicated workstation to provide all the data for the site. You will find a nice visual representation of the Current Weather as well as the Detailed Weather Information. Thanks to Tommy Ehrensperger and WXSim, all our forecasts are done right here.  At six minutes past each hour, data is collected from local and official weather sites and then processed into our own 5 Day Forecast.  I’m betting that my station is a lot closer to being accurate as to what is – and is going to be – happening in the weather world in our part of the city!  But, just to be fair, the site also includes the official Environment Canada forecasts and weather info from Windy!

Weather details are also tweeted 24/7 every hour on the hour.  Follow @wlwx on Twitter for updates.

So – please have a look around the site – and hope to see you back again!

Thanks!
Gary ’73 de VE6CV

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