WBKO is happy to announce that Leitchfield has been added to the WBKO AAA Systems WeatherCam Network!
Beginning tonight, Shane Holinde will display the view from the newest AAA Systems WeatherCam located at the Grayson County Jail complex.
WBKO Weather Director Chris Allen said the new camera "will give us a panoramic view just outside of and into Leitchfield as severe storms approach. We now have the capability to see current conditions in Grayson County as we report the weather and viewers will be able to see the weather there anytime."
Last year, WBKO partnered with AAA Systems, the leading security systems contractor in the region to install the first live camera atop the First Alert Live Doppler Radar tower. "Since then..." Allen says "...the WeatherCam network continues to grow. It helps us verify the storms we detect on the area's only live Doppler radar and helps to better protect the communities that have the cameras. Hopefully, viewers will have a greater sense of urgency when we can show them a dangerous storm approaching."
In addition, real-time weather data from the Leitchfield observation site - part of the Kentucky Mesonet network - will be displayed with the WeatherCam so that viewers will not only see what's happening but will have access to current temperature, humidity, winds and pressure readings updated every five-minutes.
"WBKO was the first TV station in the state to utilize the real-time data from the Kentucky Mesonet stations as a regular part of our daily weather segments" Allen said. "Now, as the Mesonet continues to add observation stations across Kentucky, we will keep adding new WeatherCams to the AAA Systems Network so that our viewers will be able to see their hometown weather conditions anytime...on TV, on the web or on their mobile device."
In a few days, the new Leitchfield WeatherCam site with real-time Mesonet data will be displayed on the WBKO.com weather page alongside the rest of the growing WeatherCam Network sites in Bowling Green, Glasgow and Russellville.
Allen recalled how far the technology has come in such a short time. "I vividly recall the tornado that destroyed a big part of Leitchfield in June of 2000. It was the first time we actually tracked a tornado on - what was then - our new First Alert Live Doppler Radar. Now, we can take it a step further by showing the viewers of Grayson County a live picture of incoming storms along with current conditions."