Troubleshooting - Rapid fire
Weather stations on the Weather Underground network can be configured to send information to us in real time. This is the "rapid fire" feature you'll see on our web pages. When conditions change for a "rapid fire" weather station, the new data is updated instantly on our website--right before your very eyes!
The "rapid fire" feature is available for both official (NWS) and personal weather stations. When you see a station operating in "rapid fire" mode, the current conditions will update automatically as you view the location's weather page. Both the "Current Conditions" at the top of our city pages and the Personal Weather Station table at the bottom may display our world-wide network of "rapid fire" weather stations.
Why doesn't my station have Rapid Fire?
Right now, only Personal Weather Stations connected to our site, and reporting in our special "rapid fire" mode will update frequently (every few seconds).
Official National Weather Service reporting stations (like DTW, SFO, etc), do not have the infrastructure to send their observations frequently. They are designed to only send observations when weather conditions change, or once and hour, which every comes first.
We are considering preferring to show PWS conditions over NWS conditions since they update so much more frequently, and more and more stations support rapid fire.