About This Website
This site is maintained by M.A. "Mat" Tribula as a hobby and a benefit to the citizens of Lenoir and Wayne Counties of Eastern North Carolina. The site has no intention of commercial application, just simply as a place on the internet that draws pertinent meteorological information together to one place, organizing it in a simple format, all while making it easy to navigate for both novice internet users or people who don't know anything about the weather.
History of LA-WX.com
The earliest origins of LA-WX.com resulted from a class assignment received in May 2005 while attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University aboard Seymour Johnson AFB. At the beginning of the semester the instructor, the base Weather Flight Commander, presented to the class a weather briefing typical of the briefings that he gave daily to the Wing's Command Staff. The presentation was a mixture of maps, charts and imagery that provided a clear and conscice awareness of not only what would be happening meteorologically that day, but a basic understanding of why it was happening. "By the end of this class," Joker said with a grin, "you will be presenting me with a similar briefing. The better your briefing, the better your grade." As you may imagine, some folks just did enough to get by, but this assignment struck a chord with me.
LA-WX.com was orginally a PowerPoint presentation on a Flash drive that linked various weather components together to present information.
The actual weather station was purchased and erected in January 2006. Data broadcasts to a private website for proof-of-concept and beta testing started in May 2006. Full production of the website within the public domain as you see it today began in March 2007.
About This Station
The station is powered by a Davis Vantage Pro 2 personal weather station. The data is collected every 5 seconds and uploaded to the website every 15 to 20 seconds. Although some pages are rebuilt as often as every five minutes, every page is rebuilt at least once a day. This site and its data is collected using Weather Display Software. The station comprises of an anemometer, rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor situated 36 feet above the ground and in optimal positions for the highest accuracy possible.
Temperatures, barometric pressures, humidity, rain data, wind directions and velocities all originate from La Grange, NC.
Warnings, Watches, Advisories, Statements and Forecasts orginate from the National Weather Service.
About La Grange, NC
Lenoir County’s second largest municipality, La Grange is a proud, independent, diverse and ambitious community. With a population of approximately 2,800 persons, La Grange is located midway between the state capital of Raleigh and the Atlantic coast. La Grange’s proximity to US 70, NC Highway 903 , the North Carolina Global Transpark, the Kinston Regional Jetport and existing rail service, make it a haven for growth and development, as is evident from the recent residential growth. Its historical beauty is reflected in the homes that flank the main thoroughfares within the Town’s Historical District.
Founded at the site of Mosley Hall Plantation, built by Matthew Mosley who moved to the area in 1717, La Grange was incorporated in 1869. The community namesake has been a matter of controversy for years. Most historians believe that the town was named for General Lafayette’s estate near Paris, France. Others argue that the French word for “the barn” was chosen because of the community’s farm origins.
The vibrant agriculture community makes a significant contribution to the economy of La Grange. Tobacco, corn, soybeans, wheat, cucumbers and cotton are grown in the area and provide some employment. La Grange is also home to Cooper-Crouse-Hinds Molded Products and Monrovia Growers of NC, Inc.
The Town of La Grange offers an array of services to its residents providing municipal garbage collection, water, electric, sewer, building inspections, fire and police protection to its citizens.
Eugene Shaw, A porter on the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad, is said to have given La Grange her nickname of “The Garden Spot”. He said that he liked La Grange from the first time he set foot on the soil. In fact, he is said to so fond of the area that as he passed through the passenger cars on the Atlantic and North Carolina train he would call “La Grange, La Grange, The Garden Spot" as the train approached La Grange station.
The annual community highlight is the Garden Spot Festival. Held annually on the second weekend in September, the Garden Spot Festival provides two days of fun for the entire family to enjoy the arts, crafts, music, dancing, sporting events, an auction, food and beverages, and fellowship for thousands of spectators and shoppers who attend this gala event.