Victoria County Office of Emergency Management Gets a New Weather Station
The Victoria County Emergency Management Office purchased a new weather station which sits on the roof of their building.
In partnership with the Victoria County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Division, the Office of Emergency Management received funding to purchase the weather station. The new addition will improve the operation of the OEM. “It is one more tool in the toolbox so we can collect data on weather events that goes through our region. We can also look at the data that is collected and look at the forecast models that were issued and figure out do they balance out?” said McBrayer.
This project was in the works for the past few years. Richard McBrayer reached out to the National Weather Service in Corpus and our very own Chief Meteorologist Bill Alexander to find out what equipment works the best to receive the best data. “We independently gave them the same recommendation.. They went ahead and purchased that equipment. They made that investment,” said Bill Alexander.
The data from the weather station is not only available to emergency management and the city. “With the different downtown events that are going on like Bootfest, we can have a little more accuracy when it comes to the weather downtown,” said McBrayer.
The public can also have access to the new data.
“People can look at the data independently and make their own decision based on watches, warnings, and advisories,” said Alexander. If you want to check out the data, find Weather Underground online and search for Victoria. The camera is pointed towards the west to watch approaching storms.