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Geeky weather update

Nothing spectacular here, but noteworthy stuff. I've been running my home weather station for about 1.5 years now and it's interesting to go back in history a bit (and the Weather Underground generates some cool graphs for personal weather stations).

The lowest temperature I recorded before this morning was 15.6°F in 2007. Thought for sure I would blow that record with the anticipated low of 10°F forecast for this morning, but it only bottomed out at 14.9°F. Still, a new record for my home.

The other cool record that happened today was the barometric pressure. I blew the old record set last year and have a new one of 30.84" at 1018 this morning! That's a really high pressure. Most home barometers only have a scale of 28.00 - 31.00 if that gives you a better idea. Apparently this is one powerful high pressure system on top of us right now.

Need to keep an eye on the weather for tomorrow morning. They are forecasting freezing rain and with lows in the low 20's tonight (and we've not been above freezing in at least 30 hours) that could really spell for disaster during the morning rush hour. No advisories issued yet from the NWS.

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spikejrt
Jan. 21st, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
arctic highs
cold, clear, dry air. You'll notice the sky being a darker shade of blue (not carolina blue, however)

it is unusual that type of high makes it that far east, isn't it?


Edited at 2008-01-21 05:01 pm (UTC)
snowboardjoe
Jan. 21st, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: arctic highs
We are easily influenced by Bermuda highs in the ocean, but we don't normally have them go right over us like this. I guess it's taking the same track as all of the recent (and upcoming) storms have taken.

The sky is always Carolina blue. :)
sctmpls
Jan. 21st, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
That *is* cold for your neck of the woods. We've been having lows in the teens below zero and highs around zero to five above the last few days so it was nice that this morning it was above zero when I got up and the forecast high is ten!

What kind of weather station setup do you have? My hubby randomcub is a bit of a meteorology geek and would *love* to have a weather station of his own.
snowboardjoe
Jan. 21st, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
I've had a Davis weather station (Weather Monitor II) since 1999.

Wanting see my weather data remotely I finally got the logging module from Davis that interfaces to this weather station and delivers data over a serial port. That was almost 2 years ago.

From there I picked up on Weather Display software that takes that data, logs it and will send to multiple other sites remotely. This includes a personal web site, NWS (they use it as supplemental data to their official weather stations), Weather Underground and many, many others.

Next step (maybe this year) is to get a lightning detector and participate in that network, but that's pricey. Very few lightning detectors in area are far and few and would help improve the accuracy a whole lot if there were more.

I don't know what your budget is, but there is something for everyone that will fit. The Davis equipment is high quality stuff, but it's not professional. So, it suited my budget and what I wanted (reliable and accurate weather instruments with remote logging capabilities). There are cheaper ones out there and wireless versions are a plenty making installation a snap.

I'll have to check out your hubby's profile for his meteorology geekness. :)
sctmpls
Jan. 21st, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
The hubby and I chatted at lunch (we work at the same place) and he has apparently been ogling the Davis Vantage Pro II. He too secretly covets a lightning detector and some solar radiation measurement thing but admits those are likely later additions.
snowboardjoe
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Hah! OK, he's definitely a card carrying member of a true weather geek. :)

I, too, have my eye on the VP2, but maybe later in the year. Solar radiation? Yep, that's on my list too.
sctmpls
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it'll be awhile before he gets one, but maybe sometime this Summer it can be an anniversary present or something and we can get it set up.
randomcub
Jan. 21st, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
sctmpls's hubby here. . .

The weather station I covet (Do I hear Valentine's Day gift, sweetie? heh.) is this one:

http://www.weathershack.com/davis-instruments/davis-vantage-pro2.html

It would cost more than my computer did, however.
snowboardjoe
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I would say the Davis Vantage Pro 2 is a top pick among weather enthusiasts. Just about any weather software will talk to it too. I've got my eye on it too, but will wait for now since current one is still working fine (although I think my humidity sensor is going whacky).
randomcub
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I have nowhere near the disposable income (or more accurately, nowhere near the discipline needed to build up that much disposable income) required to buy it. So it'll be a while!
joebehrsandiego
Jan. 21st, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
From your weather data I'm guessing the snow storm that Tom/bearzendurham alluded to went north of you guys.

Weather for today in PS:

http://www.weatherunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=92264
paterson_si
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
and ZERO snow and ZERO winter here... *sigh*

which makes me miserable.
snowboardjoe
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
What is it normally like there? I have no idea what your climate is like.
paterson_si
Jan. 21st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
It's supposed to be, well... it used to be... a very "continental" climate, which in Europe means four distinct seasons, with summers being relatively dry and warm/hot, all the way up to 90-95F, and winters being white, and temperatures all the way down to 5F in really, really cold mornings/nights.

And now? No snow, temperatures linger around 50, summers blast past 100, storms, usually the best weather is in June, when I cannot really take any time off, stuff like that. And the second winter in a row without any snow at all.

Sucks big time.
snowboardjoe
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
I feel like the climate has changed here as well. Winter storms were not common, but they did happen with some frequency. Now, they are very rare. Last summer? One of the hottest on record for this area (I recorded a high of 104°F).
paterson_si
Jan. 21st, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
It really is weird. When I was a child (which is not that way back, mind you) things seemed predictable: we usually got the first snow around 1 November and March was usually already fairly green. Three years ago we got severe snowfall in March and it spoiled the whole of April and some of May as well and temperature in June just got stuck below or around 70... odd odd odd
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