Broken Web Cam

Well the old Wanscam web cam finally gave up the ghost and now resides in the junk box.

I had a feeling that this would happen because of the increasing number of times it crashed recently.

The new Huacam camera that was on test has now replaced the old one and does seem a lot more reliable.

I don’t suppose I can complain as it only cost about £30 and has been operating for around 18 months 24/7.

Doug

Houston, we have a (Twitter) Problem

Well guys at Twitter have now decided that it needed to change the way automated twitter updates are uploaded.

Unfortunately it means that until Steve the author of Cumulus can provide an updated version then there will be no twitter updates from Batley Weather.

It sound very much like poor old Steve is fed up of Twitter changing things that he may abandon Twitter altogether as it is not a required part of Cumulus.

If that is the case I will endeavour to find an alternative method of providing automated Twitter updates.

I hope to get a resolution to the problem soon.

Doug

STOP PRESS!

The problem has now been resolved thanks to Steve from Sandaysoft releasing an update to Cumulus.
Thanks Steve!

Now installed and Twitter updating normally again.

 

New Webcam

Just bought a new webcam as the old Wanscam is getting past it’s sell by date.

The new cam is a Huacam HCV725 Dome Camera.

Huacam HCV725
Huacam HCV725

It is running on test at the moment and can be viewed on the web site.

The daytime performance is quite good, but unfortunately it was unusable at night as there were reflections from the IR LED’s getting into the lens and causing flare.

I cured this temporarily by putting some black insulation tape on the body of the camera where the glass is held in.  It isn’t very pretty but it works.
I will get the matt black paint out and make a more permanent job of it before it goes live.

Another job to do is to build some sort of shelter to try and keep the rain and snow off the lens.
I’m going to mount it upside down, so it will look a bit like a frog eye and needs some form of protection.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year.

Doug

The Equipment at the Heart of Batley Weather

The equipment at the heart of Batley Weather is a Davis Vantage Pro2 Personal Weather Station.

The image below shows the Integrated Sensor Suite or ISS (not to be confused with the other ISS – the International Space Station)

Of course the ISS can only monitor the weather conditions and to be able to store and display the data the console is also needed.

The ISS and Console is all that is required to monitor the weather and produce a local forecast.

However, a data logger and software is also required if the station is to be connected to a computer.

Data LoggerWeatherLink Software

 

Add to these items a few more bits of software, a PC and some internet and there we have it.

Doug

 

Winter is almost upon us

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The days are still getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping.
It got me to thinking about previous years and whether this year is warmer or colder, wetter or dryer than previous years.

I thought I would look back at previous data and compare the Mean Temperature, Month High and Low and Monthly Rain for each month starting January 2011.

Month/Year

Mean Temp

High Temp

Low Temp

Rain Total

Jan 11

3.5

12.4

-5.4

27.2

Feb 11

6.2

13.6

-1.6

116.1

Mar 11

6.2

17.4

-5.1

10.9

Apr 11

11.6

23.7

0.9

3.0

May 11

12.3

22.7

-0.8

27.5

Jun 11

14.9

31.2

2.3

45.2

Jul 11

16.0

26.4

6.1

23.3

Aug 11

15.4

26.2

6.4

54.9

Sep 11

14.4

26.2

5.5

39.4

Oct 11

11.3

26.7

0.7

53.3

Nov 11

8.8

15.3

-1.7

35.3

Dec 11

5.7

13.3

-2.1

96.5

 

2011
Mean Max Temp = 14.6°C
Mean Min Temp = 6.4°C
Mean Temp = 10.5°C
Total Rain = 532.6mm

Month/Year

Mean Temp

High Temp

Low Temp

Rain Total

Jan 12

4.5

11.7

-5.7

71.6

Feb 12

4.6

16.4

-7.1

20.9

Mar 12

8.1

21.2

-3.1

13.2

Apr 12

6.9

17.3

-1.4

165.3

May 12

11.9

28.4

-1.8

54.4

Jun 12

13.7

25.5

6.2

145.0

Jul 12

15.5

27.1

6.4

98.6

Aug 12

16.0

24.8

3.2

71.7

Sep 12

12.6

24.6

2.0

95.4

Oct 12

8.4

15.0

0.2

51.8

Nov 12

6.1

15.1

-4.3

71.2

Dec 12

4.3

12.4

-4.4

85.6

 

2012
Mean Max Temp = 13.2°C
Mean Min Temp = 5.6°C
Mean Temp = 9.4°C
Total Rain = 944.7mm

 

Month/Year

Mean Temp

High Temp

Low Temp

Rain Total

Jan 13

3.8

13.2

-6.0

31.2

Feb 13

2.9

9.6

-4.3

39.0

Mar 13

3.2

9.9

-5.3

51.4

Apr 13

7.5

18.8

-3.6

12.8

May 13

11.2

23.1

0.8

60.8

Jun 13

14.5

24.2

12.7

25.8

Jul 13

18.6

29.7

7.8

59.0

Aug 13

17.0

31.2

6.6

28.4

Sep 13

13.1

24.7

3.6

29.6

Oct 13

11.7

19.2

3.8

58.8

 

2013
Mean Max Temp = 13.9°C
Mean Min Temp = 5.9°C
Mean Temp = 9.9°C
Total Rain = 413.0mm

As you can see from the data above 2011 was warmer and dryer on average than 2012.
2013 looks like it will be similar to 2011 for temperature average and rainfall.

I hope you find the British weather as fascinating as I do.

Doug

Busy time at Batley Weather

Things have been hectic recently.
As usual I had a busy time at the day job when I took my turn at being Engineer on Call.

I have been meaning to update the web site to the latest php scripts for some time and managed to get it done this weekend.
It was very out of date with a couple of pages not working correctly due to changes made to the sites Batley Weather gathers some of the data from.
I have been trying to keep things going on the fly, but decided I needed to apply all the new script updates in one go.

The good news is there are now some very nice gauges to look at and of course this blog!
The Earthquake data page has also had a makeover and now uses Google Maps.

I still have some tidying up to do which is something I end up doing constantly anyway.

Keep enjoying the site.

Doug