About the FLBS Sensor Network
FLBS has been collecting weather data since 1938. In 2009, FLBS was awarded a NSF EPSCoR grant that added telemetered above-water environmental sensors and subsurface buoy-based profilers to the existing weather data collection.
FLBS environmental data is updated every 15 minutes. Subsurface conditions
are updated every 3 hours.
Weather Sensor Network
|Location||Time||Air Temp||Rel Hum||Bar Pr||Wind Spd/Dir||Precip
|FLBS Hill||8:15p||67.3 F||39.8 %||30.1 in Hg||0.2 mph NE||0.00 in
|West Shore||8:15p||62.6 F||37.6 %||30.1 in Hg||0.0 mph ENE||0.00 in
|YB Point||8:15p||65.4 F||1.2 mph NW||
|East Shore||8:15p||64.3 F||38.8 %||30.1 in Hg||0.6 mph N||0.00 in
|Narrows||8:15p||61.6 F||30.1 in Hg||6.9 mph WNW||
|Somers||6:15p||60.0 F||30.2 in Hg||7.2 mph SSE||
|MLD Buoy||8:15p||63.0 F||55.6 %||30.0 in Hg||3.3 mph W||
|MLN Buoy||8:05p||3.8 mph WSW||
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Weather Sensor Graphs
Lake Profiler Subsurface Data Graphs
--LMP Units Description--
Temp (°C) = temperature in degrees Centigrade
O2 (mg L-1) = dissolved oxygen in milligrams per liter
O2 (% sat) = percent saturation of dissolved oxygen
Chl (rel. fluor.) = chlorophyll as relative fluorescence units
CDOM (µg L-1) = colored dissolved organic matter in micrograms per liter
Turbidity (β(117°, 700 nm) m-1 sr-1) = volume scattering coefficients, β(θ,y)
with units of m-1 sr-1, where θ is angle and y is wavelength.
Cond (µmhos cm-1) = specific conductance in micromhos per centimeter
PAR (µE m-2 s-1) = photosynthetically active radiation in microeinsteins per square meter per second
Surface Level, Conditions and Recreation Forecast
The Flathead Lake water level value is provided by the USGS Water Data site, whose gauging station is located on Salish Point near Polson, MT. Data is read in RDB format here.
Kerr Dam, at the lake outlet in Polson, regulates outflow to maintain Flathead Lake's level between 2,883 and 2,893 feet above sea level. If runoff conditions in the mountains don't warrant flood threats, the lake's level is brought to 2,890 feet by the end of May and to full pool by June 15.