Friday, February 22, 2013

Ham Leads Team Developing New Weather App

Kim Elmore, N5OP
(NOAA Photo)
There's a new winter weather "app" available for Apple and Android mobile devices that helps forecasters get a clearer picture of ground conditions, and a ham is the leader of the team that developed it. Dr. Kim Elmore, N5OP, is a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and was Principal Investigator on the project to develop the free "mPING" app.

The ARRL Letter reports that users of mPING, which stands for "mobile Precipitation Identification Near the Ground," may simply select the type of precipitation that is falling at their location -- such as rain, snow, sleet or hail -- and press submit. Time and location of the observation are automatically included with the report.