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 on: January 06, 2013, 10:45:11 PM 
Started by Budgie - Last post by Budgie
It may seem a little strange but I'm advertising another Weather Network!

The European Weather Network went live last week and is a very good site.
I know there are some on here who have already joined (including me  Cheesy) so feel free to boost the UK numbers on there if you want.
It's free and you get some nice interactive maps into the bargain.

 on: January 01, 2013, 08:28:27 PM 
Started by sandy - Last post by Budgie
Happy New Year to you as well Sandy.

If you're using the RJ12 or RJ45 connections then make sure that the ends of the wires are pushed hard up against the end on the connector, so you can see them through the clear plastic.
I use a magnifying glass to check they are "home" before crimping them. It also allows you to make sure the colours a the right way around as well.  Wink

 on: December 31, 2012, 08:55:30 PM 
Started by sandy - Last post by sandy
Happy New Year SWN  Smiley
I have got another cable to go from the weather station to the base station inside, I got the 4core wire but am still having a job getting the plugs to connect properly  Angry, can the cable tester tell which plug is not correctly on the cable as they both seem ok, I have the crimp part of the plug just catching the outer sleeve, which seems ok as the plug seems firm, or is it meant to be gripping the 4 wires and not the outer sleeve.

 on: December 15, 2012, 02:19:48 PM 
Started by Glen Derby - Last post by carseman
Welcome  Grin

It is good to see another Perthshire station.

With regards to hosting, I use a company based in Coatbridge called They have given me excellent service and support for 30 +vat per year.  They can also arrange domain names.


 on: December 14, 2012, 09:32:02 PM 
Started by Glen Derby - Last post by Budgie
The software I run for my own station is called Weather Display and this allows you to manually enter the measured snowfall, which is then kept is it's permanent records.
Another way is to make some sort of rain bucket heater that will melt the snow as it falls into the bucket and then take the measurements from that.

If you're looking for an automatic way to measure the snow then there are some on the Weather Watch Forum who are using a small sensor which bounces either sound waves or a laser off the ground and recording the distance.
When set up it's placed looking down at a fixed hard surface and the exact distance between the ground and sensor is recorded. When it snows, the distance between the ground and the sensor will reduce and this amount will be recorded as your snow depth.  Wink

Personally, I just manually input the snow depth as we don't get that much each year to worry about doing anything else.  Grin

 on: December 14, 2012, 09:22:11 PM 
Started by Glen Derby - Last post by Budgie
Welcome to the forum.  Grin

Getting the station data on line isn't that difficult and can cost as little as 15-25 a year for a website host and website name (URL).

A good start would be something like Cumulus Software which is free to download and use, produces graphs and stores all your data. It also comes with all the files you need for a basic weather website, all you need to do is get some server space to host it.  Wink

I use Virtual Names for hosting my own site, as well as this one and the UK Weather Net.
Their basic setup, which includes more than some you'll find, comes in at 24.95 + vat a year, that's for hosting and your domain name.

Others with weather websites use the likes of GoDaddy for the domain name and Erice for hosting (or the other way around, I forget Roll Eyes).

There are plenty of members here who can help get you set up and it's doesn't take that long. Once you've got a site then you can expand it how you want. There is a very good template website for Cumulus which adds a lot of extras and has full support from the author.

It's amazing what you do when you get used to it.  Wink


 on: December 14, 2012, 12:28:51 PM 
Started by Glen Derby - Last post by Glen Derby
My new weather station has now been up and running for nearly a month now, and the last 10 days have highlighted a question that I never got round to asking. 

What should I do about snow?  The accumulation of snow on top of the rain gauge must distort the recorded precipitation, with only a proportion of the snow eventually melting and being measured as rain. 

I think that it would be interesting to look back in future years at a record of snowfall, but is this a totally separate activity, ruler and spreadsheet, perhaps?

Any advice for the newest member from you old hands Huh 

 on: December 14, 2012, 12:04:14 PM 
Started by Glen Derby - Last post by Glen Derby
Hello everybody  Grin

The new Glen Derby weather station is located 1 mile west of Kirkmichael, Perthshire, halfway between Pitlochry and Glenshee.  The Davis Vantage Vue weather station is located in our garden, which is effectively a clearing in open woodland about 50m to th west of a plantation.  The station is, therefore, probably going to be slightly sheltered from the prevailing wind and as we are at 330m (over) 1000 feet on the shoulder of the side of the glen, so the cold air slides down the hill to the village. 

Current conditions can be viewed here:

I will investigate how to upload my data, but it does not seem to be as simple as I had hoped.   

 on: November 09, 2012, 10:43:38 PM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Mearns
Brilliant Martin - thank you so much, it's all working again!  I have no idea how that file got deleted as it was originally uploaded.


 on: November 09, 2012, 10:27:20 PM 
Started by Mearns - Last post by Budgie
Tony, You seem to be missing the JAva script file which runs the table headings.
Look in the download folder for a file called "sorttable.js" and make sure that's unloaded to the same directory as your SCWN-mesomap.php file.
Once this is installed then it should work OK.  Wink

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