As the largest state in the lower 48, Texas is a land filled with many different perspectives, cultures, and influences. All of these come together, however, every Friday night during the Fall as high school football season swings into high gear.
Some of the biggest and most expensive high school football stadiums exist in Texas, but that’s probably fitting considering that just about everything is bigger in Texas.
To cover this mass of land, there are several Texas doppler radar stations in operation. Let’s take a brief look at each one of them:
Amarillo: Located in the Texas panhandle, the city is named after the yellow grass that grows in the area. It’s also called the “Helium Capital of the World” because a majority of the world’s gas that can be purchased comes from this area. It’s also a cattle shipping capital and one of the world’s largest nuclear weapons assembly plants is located here.
Austin: The capital of Texas, Austin has a motto that encourages its residents to just “stay weird.” It’s a music mecca that is situated right on the Colorado River. It’s the second largest state capital in the United States and the 11th biggest city in the Union. It is ranked by the FBI as the second safest large city in which to live.
Dallas: This community is one of the 10 largest in the United States, so it just makes sense for a Texas doppler radar station to be located here. The microchip was first invented in this community in 1959. It is also home to the world’s largest permanent model railroad display. And, if you were so inclined, you could fit the Statue of Liberty inside the new Cowboys Stadium.
Dyess AFB: Located near Abilene, this Air Force Base has a Texas doppler radar station that helps to provide central Texas with weather information. It is named after Lt. Col. William Dyess, who survived the Bataan Death March. Today it is home to one of the country’s two strategic bomber wings.
El Paso: Located on the western border of Texas, El Paso is allegedly the birthplace of the margarita. Most famous here, however is El Paso Street. This street is the city’s first and oldest street and it has seen the footsteps of Wyatt Earp, Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, President William H. Taft, and even Pancho Villa. It was also the location of the famous “Four Dead in 5 Seconds” shootout.
Houston: Founded in 1836 by two brothers, this city has become the 4th largest in the United States. Texas doppler radar lets local residents know about weather conditions that might be developing in the Gulf of Mexico as they enjoy the many parks for which this city is famous. If taken independently, Houston by itself would be the world’s 30th largest economy.
Laughlin AFB: Located near Del Rio, TX, this Air Force Base is the largest pilot training facility in the country. It’s runway sees more takeoffs and landings than any other airport in the country on average every single day. This is despite the fact that only about 1500 people call this place home.
Lubbock: This city is unique in the fact that it was founded by a Texas Ranger in 1876. Even though over 200,000 people call this community home, there is a real emphasis within Lubbock to keep a small town feel to the city. It is called the “Hub City” because 5 major Texas highways all converge here.
Midland: Located in the hills of Texas, the first resident of this new community in 1882 was a sheep farmer who moved there from California. It was initially called Midway, but the town had to change their name to get a Post Office in 1884 because there were other communities in Texas with the same name. When three water wells were drilled just a year later, over 100 families decided to call this community home.
San Angelo: Often called the “Pearl of the Conchos,” San Angelo is a central Texas city that has been settled by Europeans since the mid 17th century. The initial settlements were missions, established to proselytize the local populations in Christendom. Today this community is home to two military bases.
San Antonio: Home to one of the most famous battles in American history, visitors can now visit the Alamo for free in downtown San Antonio. It is connected to the famous river walk, which was built in the mid-1900’s as a means of alleviating unemployment in the area. Shops and restaurants all line the river in downtown San Antonio, giving visitors and locals the opportunity to walk the blocks of the city unencumbered by vehicle traffic.