Catch up

As you can see from my previous posts, I have been having a lot of fun with my truck and the Sunshine chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club. I am now managing the Sunshine Chapter’s website.

In the mean time, I replaced the Davis Vantage Pro with an Oregon Scientific WMR200A station. It lasted about 3 months before the rain gauge failed. I now have a Davis VantageVUE connected to a MeteoBridge. That’s a neat gadget from Ambient Weather which is a linux (naturally) computer measuring about 3″ square and less than 1″ thick. It talks to the weather station via a small radio a little larger than a thumb drive. It is also connected via ethernet (or wifi) to my local network and the internet. It periodically sends data to Weather Underground and a MySQL database on my server. The server then updates this web site.

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My Weather Station

I’ve had a Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station for some years.  The corner of my block is 22 feet above sea level, which is about the highest point in south Florida (apart from Mount Trashmore).  The station on my roof is about 44 feet above sea level.

Florida has a very high rate of lightning strikes.  The closer you are to the equator, the more powerful they are.  My house has been hit a number of times.  They’ve taken out several trees, my phones, my network, my alarm system and the latest hit my weather station.  At first it seemed to be the USB port on the indoor console.  I replaced that and got it working.  Now the barometer and wind direction are not working.  Temperature, humidity and wind velocity seem to be OK.

The warranty is good for 1 year and is long past.  It does not cover lightning in any event.

Once I get the truck done, I’ll have to think about replacing it.