Weather Condition Icons

As part of the multiple changes I have planned, a weather condition icon has been added to the upper right hand corner of the page to indicate the current weather conditions. Sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, etc. I just notice that I forgot to make the rain icons live. We’ve been in a drought ya know and I’ve only got so much free time. Guess those are next on my list, since we’ve got almost an inch of rain today!

Some minor site changes Live today

Just wanted to announce a few changes that went live today.

  • The most major change is I’ve implemented AJAX and JQuery to automatically update the weather readings every minute! No more 15 minute refresh! Woohoo!
  • I’ve updated a couple of the graphics on the website. Some of the images were grainy and needed some touch-up.

These are the start of a series of major changes that will be coming in 2012. Some upcoming notable changes include a new theme, and a Mobile website!

Server Crashed, We’re Back Online

On May 3, 2010 I upgraded to the latest version of Virtual Weather Station. This turned out to be a BIG mistake. For those familiar with my Nuts & Bolts post the Weather Station is connected to the computer via a USB cable and some Serial Port emulation software. One of the feature changes of the most recent Virtual Weather Station (v14.01) is the ability to use USB connection directly. Long story, short, whatever they changed caused the software to stop working with an error “Could not connect to communications device”. After several days of trying to fix this, I decided to bite the bullet and convert my software suite to wview which runs on Linux.

The move to wview has several benefits for me. #1 I no longer need to license Windows for my weather station. #2 I don’t  have to run a virtual machine on my server to run the weather station. #3 did I mention I hate Windows?

So, a quick status update about the site. Most of the graphs and graphics have been taken off because they were being generated by Virtual Weather Station. For now most of the vital information is being populated on the website. Over the coming months I will be working to create replacement graphs and graphics. toward the end my hope is to publish the software under GNU v2. So other weather station operators can setup a station, on Linux, and make use of the programs I use (in conjunction with wview).

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