Sorry to hear that. We are currently enjoying our "chamber of
commerce" weather here, blue skies and in the 80s during the day.
Upper 50s to low 60s at night. Perfect for our annual Fiesta and the
start of baseball season. Hard to think that in just 60 days it will
be around 100 or more, and nights in the upper 80s with 1 million
I am enjoying every minute of this I can.
And no doubt you couldn't get drunk cause the whisky was frozen in the
Back in my high school days I delivered newspapers. There was one
morning where it was -47C, with a windchill equivalent of -63C. That
If you haven't already I suggest you read "The Cremation of Sam McGee"
by Robert Service.
Just getting my home weather station up - sans wind speed/direction &
rainfall sensors (gotta built a Stevenson shield and mount) as well as
calibrating the working sensors, but here in the Sonoran desert my
readings show a definite global cooling (during the last few hours):
BTW, these cheap and inaccurate weather stations are a Canuckistani
product of Thermor (Bios Weather). The wview (open source) software
allows one to use (almost) any kind of hardware and calibrate for large
offsets, but you have to be willing to do some hacking.
Ahh-hah!!! Thank you for that info. I've been wondering what the
term for the classic shelter for an outdoor weather station is, my
no-term googling being woefully unfruitful. I have a cheapo wireless
temp gauge that is all over the map, no doubt due to solar radiation
and am in the market for a full network grade weather station.
I also use linux and have looked at various options, from high end
Davis stuff to one-wire homebrew. I would love to hear any opinions
you might have on the subject. If you're interested in chatting, my
email is notbob at Q (the letter) dot com.
For you other weather nuts, I think a Stevenson sheild would be a cool
woodworking project. Anyone have any plans? Thank you.
Funny thing about the stevenson screens - in the first part of the 20th
century, they had whitewashed exteriors. Later, they started using
Latex paint, and found that subsequent temperatures were biased higher
by a detectable amount (couple of tenths, IIRC). That's just one of the
corrections that GISS tries (and often fails) to accomodate in their
'global temperature anomoly' constructed from surface station
I think if you check www.surfacestations.org, you'll find references to
the siting guides for locating weather stations, including standards for
the stevenson screen (which is obsolete now).
(I use a la cross home weather station, myself, with the linux opensource
lacrosse software (storing readings in a mysql database)).
I'd be interested in more details, you claiming to correct for
inaccurate readings by software. Walmart sells a full LaCross weather
station fer < $100, so such info may be of great value.
If Stevenson shield obsolete, what's replaced it?
I was thinking of cutting a cheapo foam bait bucket in half (vert) and using
it as a solar sheild (orienting for sun movement), mounting the temp
sensor away from both shield and 4X4 post with 10 deck screws.
Not much woodworking in this one, but I's what I plan to do - with a few
I plan on a plywood disc under the top and bottom saucer. Also, rather
than nuts and washers as spacers, I'll lop off 2" spacers made of 1/2"
PVC pipe and use threaded inserts in the top plywood disc so the
threaded rod won't go through. Nuts and washers under the next to
bottom disc will hold all but the bottom together. The bottom will be
mounted on a post/pipe and the top will be held on with wing nuts and
washers. The rain gauge and anemometer will be mounted on top with the
temp/transmitter module mounted inside. A BW835 solar panel/battery
will be mounted under the screen on the post or pipe - whatever ends up
as the winner.
You wanna know "groan"?
Howzabout when yer sewers freeze up for 3 mos and your alzy mom
doesn't wanna "go out" fer a shower/bath and gets hamburger raw
ass-cheeks and ends up in the hospital for a week and six inches of
sewage backs up in yer bath tub and people have to 'go out" to bring
in water for basic everything and one has to block off the bathroom as
a toxic waste dump and.....
Sorry, Lew. You haven't a clue. ;)
nb --still not regretting leaving CA
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