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Offline RichardM

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2011, 12:13:38 PM »
Another interesting online weather app:
WeatherSpark.com

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Offline Vince T

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2011, 06:36:52 PM »
Wow Richard...that WeatherSpark site is very cool!
Thanks for posting.

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2011, 06:30:59 AM »
Richard - that weatherspark site is a great find!  Someone really spent some time putting that together.  I like all the data available there.

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2011, 03:05:30 PM »
I was just out in BiBe this past Thur til yesterday (5/8). Weather was a little cooler than I expected Thurs night, very nice. In the 90's during the day and cooler at night. We stayed in the Basin Campground and got some pretty good gusts of wind all 3 nights we were there. Stayed at site #24 (enjoyed this site and recommend to others). Friday night sky darkened around 7ish, very windy, few drops of rain but was overall dry and big drop in temp. Very nice cooler temp for sleeping that night. Temps seemed to climb by the time we headed out on Sunday late morning.

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2016, 11:43:55 AM »
Richard I want to thank you again for introducing us to WeatherSpark. It's been my goto service for quite a while now and I really liked it and widely shared it.
However they have decided to quit the "dashboard" feature (graphs) which was the only thing I used them for. I guess I'll start looking around again....(sigh)
It's been a good 5 years, thanks again Richard....did I mention that you do good work?   :eusa_clap:
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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2016, 05:54:25 PM »
Richard I want to thank you again for introducing us to WeatherSpark. It's been my goto service for quite a while now and I really liked it and widely shared it.
However they have decided to quit the "dashboard" feature (graphs) which was the only thing I used them for. I guess I'll start looking around again....(sigh)
It's been a good 5 years, thanks again Richard....did I mention that you do good work?   :eusa_clap:
FM - I don't know if these are the "dashboard graphs" you're wanting, but this URL gives 7 days of rain history for the Basin and PJ.  The page/URL can be tweaked to pick any two sets of data to display.

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_graph_mesowest.cgi?unit=0&timeout=0000&time=LOCAL&hour1=00&day1=00&month1=&year1=&past=0&g1auto=1&g2auto=1&g1min=&g1max=&g2min=&g2max=&gsize=1&linetype=colorline&hours=168&stn1=CSBT2&graph1=PRC&stn2=PJNT2&graph2=PRC

And, yes, I'll second the mention of all the good work Richard does for BBC.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2016, 08:22:59 PM by Jim »

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2016, 12:27:06 AM »
Thanks Jim, but no. The dashboard could be set up to show 7 days forecast in advance and included historical data as well. Humidity, temperature, precipitation chances and totals and many other features could be shown. It was great for motorcycle trips and hiking because if it showed a 90% chance of rain but precipitation totals of .1" or less you were still good for either outing, where as 40% and 1.2" total usually meant stay in bed. I'll miss it. I guess I never took a screen shot of it so I can't show it to you. I have no idea how it worked or why they quit. Something about maps and flash, but I read the explanation twice and still don't have a clue.
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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2016, 12:55:14 AM »
Thanks Jim, but no. The dashboard could be set up to show 7 days forecast in advance and included historical data as well. Humidity, temperature, precipitation chances and totals and many other features could be shown. It was great for motorcycle trips and hiking because if it showed a 90% chance of rain but precipitation totals of .1" or less you were still good for either outing, where as 40% and 1.2" total usually meant stay in bed. I'll miss it. I guess I never took a screen shot of it so I can't show it to you. I have no idea how it worked or why they quit. Something about maps and flash, but I read the explanation twice and still don't have a clue.

If you want the historical data for a station to see what the chances for precipitation and precipitation totals are for a certain date, there is a roundabout way to do this:

  • Go to the University of Nevada's Desert Research Institute's Western Regional Climate Center's climate summaries website.
  • Click on the "New Selection Tool" link.
  • Zoom into the area of interest on the map on that page.
  • Click on the "show stations" button.
  • You will see markers appear for every station in the map area.  Locate the station you're interested in and click on it, or from the list that appears click on the station ID number associated with the name of the station you're interested in.
  • A small window will pop up on the map near the station, and to the right information will appear which includes the previous seven days of observations of temperature and precipitation.  Click on the "Access climate information" link in the popup window.
  • A new tab will open in your window.  The majority of the tab is taken up by a monthly summary of the station's temperature and precipitation readings.  The left part of the tab has a scrollable window embedded within it, with links to various items.  Scroll down the window until you see the links for "Precipitation".  You'll see in there links for "Precipitation Probability by Duration" and "Precipitation Probability by Quantity".  You can use either one of these to find out what the chances are for a certain amount of precipitation for a certain period of time.  The result will be a probability graph showing what these chances are over the course of a year.  You can then look at the time period of interest for an idea of your chances of encountering a certain amount of precipitation at that time of year.

For example, suppose I want to see what the probability of getting 0.1" and 1.0" of precipitation is over a two day period in early August at Panther Junction.  I go to the website, click on the link to the map, zoom in the map to the Big Bend area and select Panther Junction.  In the popup window I click on the link, and in the tab that appears I scroll down to the link for "Precipitation Probability by Duration" and click on it.  In the window to the right now is a dropdown menu for number of days requested, where I select "2", and below are check boxes for the amount of precipitation of interest, where I check "0.10" and "1.00".  There are other options I can pick to smooth the data out from a 1 to 30 day running mean and to pick the size of the resulting graph.  Then I click on the "Create Graph" button to produce this:



 You have to kind of eyeball the graph, but you can see that for early August, while the chances of getting at least 0.15" of precipitation over a two-day period are about one out of five, there's less than a one-out-of-twenty chance of getting as much as an inch.

If you're interested in meteorological data in general, you can definitely find a lot on those pages....

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2019, 05:46:25 PM »
What website publishes that rainfall data?

I believe this covers the subject

https://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base_dyn.cgi?stn=CSBT2

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https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/monthlysum.php?station=CSBT2&network=TX_DCP

I'm sure there are others.

Other full monitoring stations in the park are Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village. They can be accessed from the park web page  - https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/weather.htm

Using the Iowa State Mesonet site and entering these station designators, will get you some additional data full and partial data stations.

The station designators are:
   
PJNT2 Panther Junction Raws
PAJT2  PANTHER JUNCTION CO-OP
BOQT Rio Grande AT Boquillas-Rio Grande Village
RGET  Marathon - Rio Grande Village RAWS
TELT2 Rio Grande AT Johnson Ranch (precip only and spotty data)
CSTT2 Rio Grande AT Castolon (climatology only)
CTLT2 Castolon 1NW - Big Bend NP (spotty data)
RSET2 Castolon - Santa Elena Canyon (climatology only)
TNTG2 :   Terlingua Creek 8 S Terlingua 8S (precip and climatology)

Here are links to ones I've found on the Iowa State site:
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=PNJT2&network=TX_DCP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=PAJT2&network=TX_COOP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=BOQT2&network=TX_DCP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=RGET2&network=TX_DCP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=TELT2&network=TX_DCP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=CSTT2&network=TX_DCP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=CTLT2&network=TX_DCP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=RSET2&network=TX_DCP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=TNGT2&network=TX_DCP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=RGVT2&network=TX_COOP
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/sites/site.php?station=CSBT2&network=TX_DCP

I wonder how accurate their location data is, as the Chisos Basin station is listed as North of the campground instead of near the ranger station. Also, the Terlingua Creek station is shown being up on Mesa Anguila just East of Canyon Flag. :eusa_think:

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2019, 10:54:51 AM »

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Re: Weather in Big Bend
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2019, 09:14:46 AM »
I've recently become aware of a new (or at least new to me) weather station for K-Bar.

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/air/current-data.htm?site=bibe

 


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