Me and a Davis VP2 Wireless Weather Station
Watching the weather
We live in a glorious part of the world which is known for its rather extreme changes in weather from day to day and many of us follow the local weather reports, but would you ever consider buying your own weather station? Well I did, and the rest is history.
It wasn't in my early years that I developed an interest in the weather as most of them were spent in Africa, Northern Rhodesia, Zambia as it's now known, where weather consisted of sunshine 90% of the time and a lot of rain in the rainy season usually short heavy showers followed by more sunshine.
It was only when I came to the UK in 1974 that weather took on a different meaning, so much so that the first UK winter and quite a few after that had me scouring the papers for jobs back in warmer climates.
It didn't take long to realise why the British were so obsessed with the weather, I seemed to spend most of my time complaining about it.
The Command centre
A real interest in the weather started in 1999 when a friend of mine asked if I would like to join BBC Radio Cleveland’s Weather Watcher team (before the station was renamed BBC Tees) as they were looking for people to do a early morning report. This involved being rung up at 7am one morning a week and being asked live on air what the weather was doing outside my window at that time.
The demise of Weather Watchers and a love of gadgets and anything to do with computers led to my first purchase of an electronic weather station complete with rain gauge, anemometer min and max thermometer which connected to the computer allowed me to store daily weather data.
Setting up station
The obvious progression from this was to set up a website to display the data, after many incarnations we end up with what I have now for all the world to see.
About This Station
The station is powered by a Davis VP Pro Plus weather station. The data is collected every 1 Minute and the site is updated every 5 minutes. This site and its data is collected using Weather Display Software. The station comprises an anemometer, rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor, Solar and UV detectors situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible.
About This VillageFor a detailed History of Skelton "click" on the following link Skelton in Cleveland
About This Website
This site is a template design by CarterLake.org with PHP conversion by Saratoga-Weather.org.
Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather for his work on the original Carterlake templates, and his design for the common website PHP management.
Special thanks to Mike Challis of Long Beach WA for his wind-rose generator, Theme Switcher and CSS styling help with these templates.
Special thanks go to Ken True of Saratoga-Weather.org for the AJAX conditions display, dashboard and integration of the TNET Weather common PHP site design for this site.
Template is originally based on Designs by Haran.
Thanks to Chris Maini without who's help this site would not be here West Wareham, Mass. Weather.