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Heavy Rainfall and Flash Flood Threat for the Southern Plains Today; Severe Thunderstorms from the Northeast to the Ohio Valley

Heavy rains are leading to an elevated concern for flash flooding across parts of Oklahoma and Texas today, and this heavy rainfall will spread slowly east over the weekend. Severe thunderstorms may produce damaging winds and a few tornadoes across parts of the Northeast and Ohio Valley this afternoon and evening. Significant river flooding continues across the Carolinas. Read More >

Weather Observation At NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan:  

 

              

 

 

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Our office is located in far eastern Jefferson County, 3 miles southeast of the village of Sullivan, and the observation is taken outside the office with standard instrumentation (click the image below for a larger version). Temperature and humidity are measured 2 meters above a grassy surface (using Campbell Scientific sensors), and wind at the top of a 10-meter tower (using a sensor by R.M. Young.) Rainfall is measured by a "tipping-bucket" gauge (Texas Electronics) that does not need to be emptied periodically. The 15-minute and 1-hour rainfall totals are running totals up to the time of the observation.  Snow depth is measured by taking an average of three sonic sensors (Campbell Scientific). Due to the nature of sonic snow sensors, the data might be noisy at times, particularly for values between 0" and 1".

We use LoggerNet, by Campbell Scientific, to capture all of the data.  This data is displayed on a monitor in the office.  We then use a program called Snagit to do a screen capture of the observation display.  This captured image is then RSYNC'd to our web servers in Kansas City, MO. 

 

Overhead view of NWS MKX

Live tower camera view