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Affiliated Regional Weather Network's History
« on: April 08, 2012, 11:40:19 AM »
History of the Affiliated Regional Weather Networks

The first Regional network , Southwestern aka "SWN",  was founded by Chris Arndt San Luis Obispo, CA with Matt Pace Gold Canyon, AZ and Ken Capitola, CA in March, 2006, and by the end of that month, there were 7 stations in the network, including Las Vegas, NV,  Tahoe Vista, CA, El Dorado Hills, CA, and   Saratoga, CA. 

The SWN started as a private forum where weather enthusiast members could meet and discuss topics of mutual interest.  One of the topics of discussion what how to increase visibility of the member's personal weather websites in search engine rankings. The idea was to create a mesomap display with links to member websites which would be a useful addition to our respective websites. Due to the member sites posting links to the other member sites, the search engine rankings would be improved. In late March, 2006, Matt started generating the first mesomap graphic and hand-made CSS/HTML to display rotating conditions on the graphic.  Ken True (Saratoga, CA) created PHP scripts to automate the generation of the manual CSS/HTML.  As more members joined the SWN, the original mesomap became sluggish as it would need to fetch conditions from each member site before displaying the mesomap. To fix the issue, a  two-part function with a data collector running via cron on the network hub site, and a mesomap that would use/cache the collected data to dynamically generate the mesomap with rotating conditions for member sites was developed. 
This system became the primary method to collect data/display mesomap on the Affiliated Regional Weather Network websites.

In May, 2008 Jack Ahern,, asked if the mesomap could be offered for the NorthEast and have a regional network set up there.  The SWN members agreed, and so the Affiliated Regional Weather Network concept was born, and implementations began. From the 45 stations in the Southwestern Weather Network in May, 2008, the number has grown to and we now have:
2218 stations in affiliated networks worldwide as of Saturday, 13th August 2016 19.30.15 UTC





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