RSINet technology delivers in Hurricane Ike

In the early morning hours of September 13th, Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas gulf coast. The city of Houston suffered a direct hit from Ike. Near the rooftop helipad of  Memorial Hermann hospital (KMCJ) in the heart of Houston sits an All-Weather Inc. Automated Weather Observation system installed by RSI and equipped with the RSINet data delivery service. According to National Weather Service personnel and data records, The KMCJ AWOS and RSINet datalink was the only Houston area AWOS or ASOS to provide uninterrupted weather data to the NWS for the entire storm event. In a city where satellite dishes were blown away and phone lines were out, the RSINet technology weathered the storm.  Here is a portion of the data transmitted by RSINet at the height of the storm:

KMCJ 130855Z AUTO 32042G64KT M1/4SM OVC001 23/23 A2845 RMK AO1 P0107
KMCJ 130835Z AUTO 33049G77KT 1/4SM OVC001 24/24 A2850 RMK AO1 P0060
KMCJ 130815Z AUTO 34049G73KT 1/4SM OVC001 24/24 A2856 RMK AO1 P0024
KMCJ 130755Z AUTO 35048G73KT 1/4SM BKN001 OVC006 23/23 A2864 RMK AO1 P0044
KMCJ 130735Z AUTO 35049G73KT 1/4SM BKN001 OVC006 23/23 A2868 RMK AO1 P0025
KMCJ 130715Z AUTO 35046G69KT 1/2SM BKN002 OVC009 24/23 A2877 RMK AO1 P0007
KMCJ 130655Z AUTO 36045G69KT 3/4SM BKN001 OVC009 24/24 A2884 RMK AO1 P0021

This entry was posted on Monday, September 15th, 2008 at 5:40 pm