Alachua County EMWIN Project

Alachua County EMWIN Project
Free local area severe weather bulletins!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Some kudos are in order...

I would like to especially thank Danny Lloyd, the creator of software called "Weather Message" (aka "WxMesg" for short). Danny's software is designed to be used for the gathering, handling, and sending of EMWIN bulletins.

EMWIN stands for the Emergency Manager's Weather Information Network. It is a means by which we are able to make weather bulletins and some weather-related graphics available to the public without charge as a public service.

I've been in the EMWIN weather bulletin distribution arena since 2003, when the EMWIN ground station equipment was given to us by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Since then, we've done 900-percent MORE than was asked of us, and we made the bulletins available not just over the air (in the beginning), but also via pager, cellphone, PDA, email, listgroups, web pages, by direct connection to our server, and on rare occasion, even via FAX methods.

Danny's software is in my personal opinion the best at handling all of this information and at making it available in quite the ways that *I* have always wanted to, and in the new ways that I seem to keep thinking of in the future. To that end, Danny has been exceptionally open and patient, listening to all of his users ideas and comments without complaint. He answers questions and emails nearly immediately. He never leaves anyone hanging without a response. This is hard to find, nowadays.

Danny's efforts with his software make it the most versatile and powerful EMWIN handling software that I have ever seen. I have often offered him many an idea, and he's listened to every one, and incorporated a great many of them into his software over the years.

I probably use his software a little more intensely than most other average EMWIN users do. If Danny's software has an option to be used, then I am using all of them, or very soon probably will be. I don't intentionally mean to, but I tend to put his software through a real workout. :o) If there's a bug, I'll run into it. :o) I just like doing what I do, and I like finding more and more ways to make this very cool information available to the public. Danny's software helps me do that in the best way. And if there's a capability that it DOESN'T currrently have, Danny is always there, ready to add a new idea if he thinks it helps make his software that much better.

We're both here to try to disseminate information in a timely manner - to serve the public, and maybe to help save lives in the process. That is what Danny's software is designed to do, and in the most efficient and speedy means possible.

Kudos to Dannny for putting so much of his heart and soul and mind into WxMesg, which I recommend to anyone wishing to get into weather bulletin distribution.

Todd L. Sherman / KB4MHH
Project Mgr, Alachua County EMWIN Project
Gainesville, Florida

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