Texas Water Development Board is partnering with other entities such as the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, the Lower Colorado River Authority, and the Edwards Aquifer Authority to develop a statewide earth observation data collection network called TexMesonet. A primary goal is to create a unified virtual network of high quality data to support flood monitoring and flood forecasting efforts by the National Weather Service, regional river authorities, and local emergency responders. The network will also be useful in monitoring and responding to drought and wildfires and in providing information to use water more efficiently for urban and rural irrigation. Information collected will include temperature, precipitation, wind speed, relative humidity, barometric pressure, solar radiation, soil moisture, soil temperature, and evapotranspiration. New parameters may be added in the future to help all Texans monitor, understand, and use these measurements for safety purposes, planning, and other relevant benefits.
Texas Water Development Board installed the initial five stations of the network in Blanco and Kendall counties in May 2016, shown with larger labels on the viewer, and intends to continue installing stations over the next several years. We designed this viewer to be expandable so we can develop new and interesting applications to help Texans see and respond to changing weather situations and plan for the future.
Currently in Texas numerous local and regional weather monitoring systems are maintained by the National Weather Service/Federal Aviation Administration, the National Forest Service, Texas Tech, and the Lower Colorado River Authority. Additionally, the MesoWest web site, aggregates meteorological observations from many sources, including several buoy sites in the Gulf of Mexico. Many of these are citizen-cooperator sites or special-purpose networks measuring only one or two parameters, though several hundred locations provide fairly complete meteorological observations. These sites are also included in the TexMesonet Viewer.