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Monday 28th November 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

A new battery is in the weather station and all is good again. Maybe the rain gauge is always the first to go when the battery on the Vantage Vue is on the way out.

Of course, and welcomingly, the rain has stopped so I can't actually confirm that the rain gauge is OK but all looks good with a little test of droplets.

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Category: Weather Station
Thursday 24th November 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

No reported rain for the last 24 hrs, despite it pissing down. When it all clears I'll hop up on the roof and check it out for debris (and or batteries).

 

 

 

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Category: Weather Station
Thursday 28th July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

I've moved the webcam again, pointing it due East - it is a much better view.

But alas, the USB extension cable have deteriorated the quality significantly. I thought it would affect motion quality but since I'm not using full motion, only snapshots, I thought it would be OK. I'm going to try a small, better quality cable

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I have just purchased and installed a Belkin 1.8 M Gold USB cable and the quality is significantly better!

Posted by Mangrove Mike, 30/07/2011 10:53:38 am

Category: Weather Station
Monday 25th July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

The rain has finally stopped so I hopped up on the roof to look at the problematic rain gauge on the Vantage Vue. I took it all apart, no blockages that I could see. Made sure that it was all moving freely (I probably should have put some grease on) and put it back on.

It rained slightly last night and the rain was captured

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Category: Weather Station
Friday 22nd July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

Sorry folks. Here we are in a nice significant rain event and my rain gauge is not reporting!

It probably is just some debris in the collector but I'll have to wait for the rain to stop as my wife thinks I shouldn't hop up on the roof when it's pissing down. (Something about safety).

Stay tuned.

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Category: Weather Station
Saturday 16th July 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

Moved my desk and server so the webcam has moved. At the moment it is pointing almost directly north but when I get my act together and get a USB extension cable (or find one - there must be one here somewhere ) I'll point it east wards so we can see the ocean (but alas not the waves - too many houses have built out our view).

I hope

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We want good weather for the weekend please

Posted by Sleepy, 09/03/2012 8:19:08 pm

I'll do my best Sleepy, but I can't guarantee anything!

Posted by Mangrove Mike, 14/03/2012 3:23:52 pm

Category: Weather Station
Wednesday 15th June 2011
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By Mangrove Mike

Over the last few months I have had problems with the Vantage Vue batteries that were failing at about dawn. The Vantage Vue uses solar during the day and batteries overnight which are supposed to last about 18 months.

I'd already replaced the battery in January but it started to fail during May. I don't know if it was a dodgy battery of

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Category: Weather Station
Monday 29th November 2010
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By Mangrove Mike

The Background

When I first started storing data for this website, the software I used was wview (http://wviewweather.com) a pretty good and flexible solution for collecting the data from my Davis Station Vantage Vue.

I've recently moved a lot of my

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If you have any problems with the export script, I have been alerted that the '.export' command varies between sqlite on different platforms. So if you get an error like: 'unknown command or invalid arguments: "export". Enter ".help" for help' try using .output command where .export is in my script. (Thanks to Gilles for picking this up.)

Posted by Mangrove Mike, 11/01/2011 12:10:58 pm

Thank you for sharing this. I'll presently be doing the opposite (going from LWC to wview) and this helped me locate the data files and work out some conversion issues.

Posted by Gavin Kistner, 14/03/2012 1:58:26 pm

Good luck, Gavin. LWC is unfortuneatly on hold but make sure you check out MacWeather.net where most of the LightSoft WC fans are gathered.

Posted by Mangrove Mike, 14/03/2012 3:26:50 pm

Category: Weather Station
Thursday 18th November 2010
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By Mangrove Mike

It's not just the tides for Merewether but its the tides for Newcastle (which, lets face it, is pretty close). So you could use it for Stockton, Nobbys, Newcastle Beach, Bar Beach / Cooks Hill, Dixon Park Beach, etc.

The Merewether Tides are generated using data massaged from the brilliant program XTide 

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Categories: Linux Code | Weather Station
Thursday 4th November 2010
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By Mangrove Mike

I have updated the software that I use to update the website from my Davis Station Vantage Vue.

I am part of the way through the change from my old Linux box to a nice, small, power efficient Mac Mini Server.

The first problem was getting the Mac to talk to the Davis Station data logger. Instead of getting the Davis Weatherlink

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yup, they are a lot of fun. When I was a kid I worked all smeumr to buy one of those weather kits from Edmund Science. My dad and I mounted it up on the roof and ran the wires down to my bedroom. I spent many hours learning how to forcast weather. Now with computers and 1 wire weather tech my weather hobby has hit a new high. Anyway I can't wait to see your weather site and maybe nfo's as well. It would be cool to set up a werather net between us three.

Posted by Radi, 28/04/2012 11:15:30 am

Categories: Linux Code | Weather Station