Saturday, May 19, 2007

Information Update

Over the last several weeks, I've had questions from quite a few people about my weather station setup. Things like 'what sort of system do you use'...'how is it setup'...'is it hard to maintain'...'how does it operate'...etc. This is my attempt to give you all some understanding about what I have.

First off, we'll start with the new piece of equipment in the arsenal. This is an All-Weather Rain Gauge. Now you may ask, 'hey doesn't your electronic system measure rain'? The answer is YES, it does...however, I've signed up with the CoCoRaHS, which stands for "Community Collabrative Rain, Hail, & Snow Network. One of the requirements for reporting your precipitation is for everyone to have the same type of collection system. The unit you see below is the type that was selected. I encourage any of you who are interested in weather to join up with CoCoRaHS. The cost of this particular Rain Gauge is minimal (under 30 bucks). If you want to just buy the rain gauge and not participate in CoCoRaHS, you can click here to purchase

Next up is the actual system that I am using to report to Weather Underground, CWOP, and AKEWAS. This is a La Crosse Technology 2317-EL. It was a gift from my wife and our daughter. They never knew where their wonderful gift would lead me!!!! :) This weather system was/is available at Sam's Club. I believe Sam's is now selling a model similar to this one called the 2315-AL. It runs just over $100. I've used free software from WUHU to upload my weather information on the web to three places. The software has worked flawlessly and I highly recommend it. Links will be provided at the bottom of this post.
My weather system came with the anemometer (wind speed and direction). I ordered the rain collection bucket separately. See picture below. I have it mounted on our roof. Again, it has worked very well. I'll be comparing the rain collection of this system to our CoCoRaHS system.

Next up is where the temperature (thermometer) and the humidity (hygrometer) is located. They are protected by this shield so as to not have false reports. I've still got to do some more work to hide the cables and the cable straps. It looks a bit junky. This piece of equipment wirelessly 'talks' to our indoor system (the very first picture above)

Finally, this last piece of equipment is an outdoor temperature sensor that communicates with another sensor inside our home. It is used more out of convenience than for science. I thought I'd include it in just for fun.
Tonights Links: (just click on the any link below)
If you have any questions that I've not answered here, just feel free to ask in the comment section immediately after this post or feel free to email me by clicking here or by copy and pasting my e-mail address which is:

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