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Those testing boats and drives in on-water locations can make use of the many internet weather sites to determine current conditions, water levels, and current weather forecasts.
For example, we are providing a group links that cover test conditions in this area.
The "Oklahoma Mesonet" is a group of 111 remote automatic reporting stations around Oklahoma that provide near realtime weather data. This data is provided in graphical form and becomes a great source of local boating condition weather information. The particular sources that provide the data on the web have a history of moving around a great deal (frequent changes of URL addresses) and often limiting restricting access to servers without ".com" in their address. This is due to some groups pirating the Mesonet data and selling it for profit. Bottom line is the actual URL for the data may change occasionally and you also might get blocked out if your server is a ".com" unit. Another site that currently provides access to a limited portion of the data is the Mesonet Surface Data Page.
- OSU Weather Links
This site provides access to the Oklahoma Mesonet Data for current temperature and wind velocities (at 10 meters above the ground in meters/sec). It provides access to some Tower Cams in Tulsa that visually show local conditions and it provides access to Nexrad Radar images from Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
- Keystone Lake Conditions - USACE
This Army Corps of Engineers Page provides daily data on lake levels (which fluctuate considerable in this lake) and links to hourly lake levels in tabular and graphical form.
- Keystone Lake Conditions - USGS
The USGS also maintains a station with Keystone Lake level data and a nice chart.
- Tulsa Office of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
This is large site provides information on several lakes in the area.
- Arkansas River Basin Forecast Center
This site also provides current and forecasted weather for many area boating locations.
- Real Time Stream Flow Page
This USGS page provides real time data of flow rates in Oklahoma rivers and it also provides real time data of lake levels in several Oklahoma lakes.
- USGS Water Resources of Oklahoma Page
The USGS sites above are actually part of this massive site. It may be a bit technical but it could be interesting to those studying area lake levels.
- Oklahoma Weather Roundup
Great source of Oklahoma Weather and prime site for Oklahoma Mesonet data and maps - but, often won't allow access to Mesonet data from ".com" servers (see Mesonet discussion below). If you have a student with University access through a ".edu" server they may be able to "get in".
- Weather Net
Weather Net is a source of general Oklahoma Weather Conditions and forecasts.
Also if you "hang around Mesonet data long enough you will be wondering what Greenwich Time Means. It is the current time in Greenwich England (where the time lines start). Locally, 7am Central Daylight Time is Noon Greenwich time (which means 7pm CDT is midnight Greenwich time).
Many midwestern states now have a Mesonet system to help them forecast severe weather conditions. To find the online resources for your area, see the Weather section and the Buoys and Marine Weather section of our Other Useful Links Page. If you are still having trouble after trying them, drop us a line and we will try to help.