Ask anyone and they’ll tell you our Bay Area climate is as diverse as the people who call the Bay Area home. So to really understand the weather, you need to hit the road and experience it. The KPIX 5 Mobile Weather Lab, powered by Toyota, will do just that. It is the Bay Area’s first state-of-the-art weather station on wheels.
The gas-electric hybrid SUV is loaded with the tools to gauge, analyze and explain our unique microclimates.
The KPIX 5 Mobile Weather Lab boasts two dashboard mounted cameras with satellite capability and 3G/4G wireless connectivity that allow KPIX 5 meteorologists to go live from location even when in motion. That’s key because we will show the conditions changing by the minute as we approach any severe weather.
The state of the art vehicle is fully loaded with two iPads and GPS navigation.
It also can access real-time National Weather Service radar and pinpoint inclement weather showing you what to expect and when to expect it.
The vehicle’s rooftop weather station allows us to monitor temperature, wind speed and direction, dew point, rainfall rates and barometric pressure live on location. This gives the KPIX 5 Weather Team a distinct advantage in covering severe weather, as we can show you exactly what’s going on in your community rather than relying on weather data from the nearest airport.
In fact, the data utilized in the KPIX 5 Mobile Weather Lab includes lightning strike data and Level 3 National Weather Service radar data. It is so sophisticated that it’s the same data used by first responders during natural disasters.
An L.E.D. crawl system on the top of the SUV is designed to display weather information from our rooftop.
The KPIX 5 Mobile Weather Lab allows us to capture and explain the extraordinary variety of Bay Area Weather from your neighborhood. In the winter we can cover flooding in the North Bay to icy conditions in the Sierra. In spring, we can monitor conditions from the cool coastal communities like Half Moon Bay to the sweltering temperatures in places like Antioch. Wherever you live, KPIX 5 Mobile Weather Lab will allow us to deliver the whole weather picture.
Plus, it’s fun to drive.
As Chief Meteorologist for KPIX 5 Eyewitness News, Paul Deanno delivers the weather weeknights at 5, 6, 10 (on the CW 44/Cable 12) and 11pm.