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CKCS Toolbar  |   APCUG  |   Monday October 14, 2019

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Streaming Live

Tech Night and several SIG meetings are streamed live on NestCam beginning a few minutes prior to meeting start time. Click the title above to receive the program on your computer screen.

CKCS Tech Night - Monday - October 14 at 7 pm

Kentucky Mesonet: A hidden treasure of weather related information

Presented by Patrick Collins, Mesonet

If you watch Channel 18 weather reports you are familiar with the meteorologists saying "According to Kentucky Mesonet" as they talk about weather-related statistics. Kentucky Mesonet is a network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations developed by the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University to serve diverse needs in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Each of the 72 stations record over 25 weather variables every 5-minutes around the clock - meaning over half a million data points are collected and processed every day.

Patrick Collins will be our presenter at Tech Night in October. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama in Meteorology. After graduating, he served as a technician for the Center for Hurricane Intensity and Landfall Investigation/South Alabama Mesonet before joining the Kentucky Mesonet in 2015. He has specialized in datalogger programming and new sensor research. He is making a special trip from Bowling Green to be with us at Tech Night this month.

He will be talking about Mesonet's history as well as the technology that enables them to handle this much data. The citizens of Kentucky currently benefit from the network through direct access to data on the official Mesonet website, through data use by broadcasters during regular newscasts several times each day or times of inclement weather, and through National Weather Service use of data in their official forecast, advisory, and warning products. Agriculture is an important part of Kentucky's economy and meteorological data are critical to farmers and growers in their day-to-day decision making. The data are being used in research and used in K-12 education outreach activities. The network's website provides freely accessible lesson plans for educators.

Join us for an interesting and informative Tech Night. As usual, please feel free to invite friends and neighbors for this evening's presentation.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

To all CKCS Members and Friends:

We appreciate your participation in the Kroger Community Rewards program. The donations from Kroger have enabled several improvements in our organization without dues increases.

If you are not participating in Community Rewards, you can sign up to have Kroger donate a portion of every purchase you make to CKCS.

Steps to create your Kroger account:

  1. Go to the Kroger website at
  2. Put the mouse on Savings and Rewards to see the options
  3. Click on Kroger Community Rewards
  4. Scroll down until you see "I'm a Customer"
  5. Click on "View Details" to go to the Sign In screen
  6. Next, click on Create an Account
  7. Fill in the requested information (see note 1 and 2 below)
  8. Near the bottom of the screen click on Create Account

Note 1: You can go to most any email service website and create a new email address just for your Kroger account. Kroger will send you emails frequently and will offer the opportunity for receiving a lot of emails with coupons, etc.

Note 2: Not your email password, but create a new password just for Kroger.

You can do this anytime during the year, but right now is best for CKCS.

New CKCS members and non-members can participate in this program. Shortly after you enroll, you will see a message on your Kroger purchase receipts, indicating that Kroger has made a donation to CKCS for you. The size of the gift is proportional to the amount of your purchase.

Thank you for participating in Kroger Community Rewards and helping CKCS!

Disk Erasing Service

CKCS is now offering a service to erase your older disk drive so you can feel confident that no personal information is left on it before you give it away or dispose of it.

Bring your computer or just the disk drive to CKCS to get it erased and returned to you or donated to charity. Erasing is usually done on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings between 10 AM and 1 PM or at the Dr Fixit Special Interest Group which usually meets on the first Saturday of every month between 10 AM and noon. There is no charge but a small donation would be appreciated.

For more information click here.

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