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New look of home weather station

I'm still sending data to the Weather Underground and the National Weather Service using the Weather Display Software that's linked into my home weather station. They released a cool enhancement that I finally started tinkering with that uses Flash called Weather Display Live. So, here's the new look of my home weather station...


I have it set to update every 5 seconds. The software actually sets up an SFTP connection to my web site and just keeps sending the raw data to a file every 5 seconds while maintaining the connection. This is the default configuration and I plan on rearranging things, changing some of the instruments, resizing, but it will take some work to do that. Below most of the instruments are links to graphs or just click on the graph button at the bottom. The cloud base and outdoor sky conditions are fetched automatically from the NWS at RDU airport.

The overall display looks a little large to me, but let me know what you think. Oh, wait, never mind on the size. It dynamically changes the size of everything as you resize the browser--slick! Still, I would like some comments and suggestions. My intention is to create a large temperature reading that stands out, make the wind dials smaller and on the right in a column and add a dew point thermometer instead of the plain text.


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Mar. 9th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: super cool!
I have a Davis Weather Monitor II with the data logger. It's a very old model, but they actually still sell it today. The serial interface is a bit of pain with systems today. I've had the WMII for 9 years now. It was only about 2 years ago when I finally went online with it. Models available now are very different and have such technological advances like wireless and USB. :)

The Weather Display software is totally separate and there are options out there. That cost me $73 (one time), but it's written a dozens of languages, talks to dozens of different weather stations, etc.

I don't know of any all-in-1 packages where you get a weather station and software to upload data to a web page, but they could be out there. There are lots to choose from.
Mar. 9th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: super cool!
I should also add that some weather stations have the ability to upload directly to the Weather Underground and other services. The Weather Underground does a really good job at recording your data and making graphs of it too and it costs nothing.

Here's my weather station on Weather Underground.
Mar. 9th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Me likey. Like you said, if you have a large browser windo open it seems a bit Play-Dough-y.

The rain gauges look a bit odd beside each other. The annual and the monthly are at the same height approximately but reflect different values. I know the scales are there, but visually I would expect the two to look different. If you could have a culmulative annual graph which used a different color for each month that would be über-cool.

If you could put a msg on the page which indicates that there are submenus/data then it would make it more user friendly to the inititiated.

This makes me want my own weather station....Argh.
Mar. 10th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Yep, the rain gauges do look odd, but there's no real way around that. The temperature gauges can be locked down so that they are easier to compare, but you can't do that to the rain gauges. The amount we get over a year or a month is vastly different from daily rainfall. If you were to lock all the scales to the annual level, then a small amount like 0.20" would be a sliver on the daily scale when that's is still a significant amount. So, there's no good way around that. Might be more helpful to just print the values for monthly and annual rainfall which is an option.

No way to add additional text. :( Well, not that I've found yet looking at the manual.
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Mar. 10th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
As for the rain gauges, I just replied to that above to davegrrr. I may just eliminate the annual and monthly rain gauges and replace with text.

It's nice that folks can set their own units, but it does not apply that all the time to the graphs.

The NWS (National weather Service) accepts data from personal weather stations. While not used in official forecasts, they do use the data to enhance their coverage and for history/research. It makes for a nice network of additional information and helps a lot in more remote areas and micro climate areas. They can use it to compare other results in the area. I would imagine things like rainfall are a huge help to them as we know that can vary a great deal over a small area.
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Very neat, particularly the graphs that display the various data from the last day. I'm assuming that the refresh rate is supposed to be constant and that the reason it seems to be updating at random second intervals is because my connection is ass?

Oh, I'm Caleb, by the way- found you through mutual friend
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