The first station was an AcuRite Five in One manufactured by Cheney Instruments. The station at that time only updated every fifteen minutes to the Weather Underground website. It reported high and low temperatures, dew points, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speeds and directions, rainfall amounts, along with wind chills and heat index. Despite some technical issues during the launch, the station was well received by local citizens. I noticed an immediate amount of hits on the history page and heard some very positive feedback.
The local interest in this station excited me, and gave me the drive to make it the best weather information provider possible for my community. In September of 2013, I purchase and installed the Davis Vantage Pro2 station that you see in the photo above. Along with providing all the weather information listed previously, this station is fully solar powered. The inside weather envoy has battery back-up to maintain data recording even during a storm and power failure. The Davis station also has a 24/7 aspirating fan blowing over the main sensor to provide the most accurate air temperature and humidity readings. This station also reports wind gusts and rainfall rates whereas the AcuRite station was unable to perform.
KMOREA2 serves the postal districts of: Bolckow, Darlington, Guilford, King City, Rea, Stanberry, and Union Star. On October 3, 2013 Fox 26 KNPN-TV in Saint Joesph Missouri placed Empire Prairie and Rea on their maps and began displaying information from this station for their weather reports . This station also covers postal districts of: Fillmore, Helena, McFall, and Rosendale, while their local stations are down for maintenance.
On October 1, 2013 a new experimental device called "meteobridge" was added and placed into operation. This gives the station the ability to report updates in five second bursts known as "Rapid Fire" to Weather Underground. This station now provides five minute updates to Citizens Weather Observation Program (CWOP) under the ID of EW2874. CWOP is connected with National Weather Service (NWS) which allows the station to share it's information to provide data for our local forecasts. Along with these two sites the station now also provides information to AnythingWeather, GLOBE, WeatherBug Backyard, WeatherForYou in the USA, AWEKAS in Austria, Previmeteo in France, Wetter.com in Germany, and UK Met Office in the United Kingdom.
On October 18, 2013 a Weather-cam (the image in the Current Conditions photo) was installed and placed into operation.