Guadalupe Mountains N.P. Weather Kiosk Dedicated
30 June 2011 

Officials from Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the National Weather Service officially cut the tape and dedicate a weather kiosk.
Officials from Guadalupe Mountains National Park and the National Weather Service officially cut the tape and dedicate a weather kiosk.
 

Several years of planning, coordination and work finally came to fruition when representatives of the National Park Service and National Weather Service dedicated a new weather information kiosk located at the headquarters of Guadalupe National Park in West Texas.

This dedication has been a long time coming and grew out of an idea of meteorologists Todd Lindley (from the Lubbock forecast office) and Cody Lindsey (from the Midland forecast office) to have a weather kiosk at the park to address the highly variable and potentially deadly weather conditions that can exist there.  From extreme heat to extreme winds, to extreme fire weather, Guadalupe Mountains NP has it all.  Seeing this project through to fruition took the efforts of many individuals from the Lubbock and Midland offices along with officials from the National Park Service.  There were many administrative and IT hurdles that had to be overcome, but when all was said and done, park officials said things like, "This is the best addition to the visitor's center we have ever had" and "both visitors and park officials find this kiosk very useful", during the dedication ceremony.

This project will not only serve as a prototype for other national parks and NWS offices to follow, but also serves as an excellent example of teamwork, cooperation and perseverance.  Congratulations to everyone that made this happen!

 
A close up view of the interactive weather kiosk available for all visitors of Guadalupe National Park to use.
A close up view of the interactive weather kiosk available for all visitors of Guadalupe National Park to use.
 
The weather kiosk allows visitors to the park to view current and forecast observations in and around the park, be alerted of extreme weather conditions, and access safety and educational information. One educational feature explains meteorology behind the legendary strong winds that occur each winter and spring. Park officials can use the weather data from a West Texas Mesonet weather station (www.mesonet.ttu.edu) near the headquarters and Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) placed around the park boundaries to monitor the weather conditions and make decisions to protect visitors and personnel from hazardous weather.
 
Members of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park staff attend the weather kiosk dedication ceremony.
Members of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park staff attend the weather kiosk dedication ceremony.

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