Coppell Metropolis Council approves improve to outside warning system

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Coppell’s parks and recreation facilities will receive upgrades to the lightning forecast and outdoor warning system.

Coppell City Council approved a switch from the current Thor Guard lightning forecasting system to Perry Weather during its November 8 meeting. The Perry Weather Outdoor Weather System is a wireless, cloud-based emergency and lightning warning system. Thor Guard will be replaced because it is obsolete and no longer regularly maintained and supported by the manufacturer, the agenda item states.

Perry Weather OWS provides 24/7 weather risk monitoring and lightning alerts. The new system can also send personalized text-to-speech messages to the crowd at the scene or automatically announce a flash delay after the siren sounds.

Five weather stations will be installed at different, unspecified locations. The weather stations will use the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature model, which will help venues, cities and organizations securely track and monitor heat stress. The outdoor weather stations can simultaneously measure weather values ​​such as temperature, wet bulb temperature, wind chill, precipitation, wind speed and more and keep a historical data log according to the agenda.

Perry Weather is the only company offering weather stations with the ability to monitor and alert city personnel when extreme temperatures have reached unsafe levels, according to the agenda item. Coppell ISD was upgraded last year from Thor Guard to Perry Weather OWS and weather stations, and several surrounding cities are using the system, including Lewisville.

The upgrade costs $150,173 and is earmarked for the city’s Recreational Development Corporation fund.