|Posted by MLBaron on May 27, 2009 at 9:19 AM|
taking on the big boys by storm
The West Island Weather Station website has gained international recognition and has recently been rated #1 around the world competing against Germany, Norway, Great Britain,Spain, Greece and more in automated and personal weather stations multiple times.
There are literally thousands of weather websites on the internet. Most weather web sites are listed on weather station search engines and weather web finders. The sites are ranked by the number of visitors and some can be voted on. "I'm amazed at the attention little West Island gets around the world. I've made many contacts and new friends in several countries, which is ironic for a guy who doesn't travel!" stated M.L.Baron who is the stations webmaster and operator.
One of the primary features is the station's state of the art weather programs and instrumentation of which some is designed to military specification. The computer systems that process the information from the station's tower gear is gathered and distributed via a complex configuration of computer networks..
This is where M.L.Baron's "secret weapon" plays the most important role. Mark L. Baron Jr., ML's 19 yr old son has the intense technical expertise that is required to maintain one of the most technically advanced PWS weather stations in the world. He started "opening up" computers and taking them apart when he was about 7.
"You have to keep in mind that a weather station web site this is not just another internet site that you throw together, let it out there and forget about it. Routine servicing of gear at the West Island Weather Station tower in Fairhaven,MA occurs year round, weather permitting". Baron stated.
Inspection of tower structure, wiring and instrumentation keeps the SkyWarn rig fine tuned. Since 1992 the WIWS tower has been though historic and significant storms including the March 1993 "Super-Storm" (one of the most powerful winter storms along the Eastern seaboard since records were kept) along with numerous blizzards, thunder storms, hail storms and a few powerful tropical storms. The tower nicknamed "Dorothy" was erected by Peter Jarosik-KA1WBE. The tower's multi SkyCam array gives you a bird's eye view for almost 360 degrees across the horizon.
The south coast of New England makes West Island one of the region's most active weather stations with constant weather action almost on a daily basis. Not a week goes by without being in a small craft advisory or a higher warning getting posted. The location makes for a favorite site to visit to see whats going on with the weather.
But it's not just weather you'll find at westislandweather.com. There are many features including video and photo galleries. Local history and links to area interests including other local weather web sites are freshly updated. There are well over 20,000 weather sites across the country which may include one just being blocks away from where you live. Navigating through WIWS will get the weather you need for boating, beachcasts, kite flying or simply checking the weather forecast for a nice day of fishing.
M.L.Baron says "I am indeed proud to be representing our country and my hometown in a unique way. As the West Island Weather Station's popular slogan says: "Weather...You Like It or Not!" applies to everyone no matter where you're from."