Some information about the owner of this station, Van Denton
I became interested in observing weather at the age of 7 and have maintained weather stations since I was 12 years old. The first weather stations consisted of simple readings of Temperature, Air Pressure, Relative Humidity and Rainfall with very basic instruments. Technology has come along ways since I began keeping logs of weather in the mid 1970s. I am fascinated by almost everything weather related, however, my real passion is observing day to day changes in local weather and I hope that this website will be of interest to you as well.
In 1986, while attending North Carolina State University, I began my career as a Weather Anchor on WCTI TV in New Bern, NC. In May of 1987, I graduated from North Carolina State University, where I recieved a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. In 1989, I served as the evening TV Meteorologist for WBTW TV in Florence/Myrtle Beach, SC, and in 1990 I had a chance ot come to the Piedmont Triad of NC to serve as a meteorologist for WGHP TV. In 1996, I was promoted to Chief Meteorologist and I continue to hold that position.
The Weather Station
My weather station is located in High Point, North Carolina at 36.02N / 79.98 W, and is 880 feet above sea level. The weather station is a Rainwise WS-2000 model, which can measure temperature, rain fall, dewpoint, humidity, pressure, etc. The software (WeatherView32) gathers all this information into a tangeable format, which is web friendly. The station is wireless and sits on an 8 foot tall mast which is located at the top of my home. Wind reading are excellent, except those that come from the Northeast and East. Unfortunately there are trees only 80 feet away from my station (not on my property) which disturb some of this air flow. Also, the Rainwise WS-2000 temperature sensor is located on the main unit (which is located on top of my home). Amazingly, so long as there is a breeze of at least 5 mph, the temperature sensor does not seem to be affected by rooftop heat reflection. However, if the day is mostly sunny and the winds are less than 5 mph, high temperatures are likely to run 3-4 degrees too warm. Again if there is a breeze of at least 5 mph or it is a cloudy day, the high temperature values are +/- 1 degree of those found 5 miles away at Piedmont Triad International Airport. At night, the readings are consistently within 1-2 degree of the airport (usually cooler than the airport).
This site was created by James Kurfees at www.kurfees.net
Today's Air & Dew Point Temperature
Today's Air Pressure & Rainfall
Today's Wind Speed & Direction
This month's Peak Wind & Pressure
This month's Rainfall & Temperatures
Triad Historical Data