WeatherShare was developed by Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University, and sponsored by California Department of Transportation to improve weather related situation assessment, incident recognition, and response by providing streamlined access to surface weather data from multiple sources.

 

The Phase II system covers all of California with emphasis on its’ more than 16600 miles of state and federal highways and provides the most recent and forecasted weather information. The information is collected from over 3200 surface weather stations from state and National weather sources such as Caltrans Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS), California Data Exchange Center (CDEC), MesoWest, NOAA’s Meteorological Assimilation Data Ingest System (MADIS) and the NOAA National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD).  Three-level Quality Control (QC) procedures have been implemented to flag questionable sensor readings.  Other value-added features include mapping NDFD data to California highway mileposts, and using combinations of data to detect and display alert conditions. 

 

The system was designed based on a multi-tiered architecture with an open source platform. All mapping information is displayed on a layered Google Maps display.

 

Principal Investigator

Douglas Galarus

Senior Research Associate

Program Manager: Systems Engineering, Development & Integration

Western Transportation Institute (WTI)

Montana State University - Bozeman

PO Box 174250 Bozeman, MT 59717-4250

Phone: (406) 994-5268

Email: dgalarus@coe.montana.edu

 

Technical Contact

Dan Richter 

Research Associate 2

Western Transportation Institute (WTI)

Montana State University - Bozeman

PO Box 174250 Bozeman, MT 59717-4250

Email: daniell.richter@coe.montana.edu

 

Caltrans Project Manager

Sean Campbell, P.E.

Chief, ITS Special Project Branch

Caltrans, Division of Research & Innovation

1227 "O" Street, PO Box 942873

Sacramento, CA  94273-0001

Phone: (916) 654-8868

Email: sean_campbell@dot.ca.gov

 

Caltrans Project Champion

Ian Turnbull, P.E.

Chief

Office of ITS Engineering and Support

Caltrans District 2

1657 Riverside Drive

Redding, CA 96001

Phone: (530) 225-3320

Email: ian_turnbull@dot.ca.gov