This site was created
to share my hobby with others who may find the data useful as well. This weather site also allows me to
experiment with various programming techniques and weather logging experiments as well.
The conditions are measured with a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Plus which includes sensors
following information. Wind speed and direction, temperature, air pressure, humidity, rain, solar
radiation, & UV. The information is collected by the Davis console located inside, and sent to the
in-house server which manages all aspects of the weather logging and processing. Davis offers several
models of the Vantage Pro2, feel free to check out their site
davisnet.com and see what all they offer if you are interested in setting up your own
The anemometer is located at the elevation of about 12 feet on a small steel
pole. The ISS is located 7 feet above ground on the same post. Many of the instruments are
concealed by the overhead trees and nearby buildings are not ideal for the accuracy of the readings, but
is common in neighborhood environments.
The server that handles and processes all the weather data is a Supermicro X8DT3
based platform. The data is sent from the sensors to the console via a low power radio. The console then
sends the data to the server over a RS232 interface. All data is processed on the server using Weather-Display
and the data is logged to the disk and archived. Weather-Display is also responsible for creating all the
graphs and data displays that are on site. It is also responsible for uploading the data to this site as
well. On the backend, GrLevel 3 is available for my use.
server has dual Intel Xeon E5645 hexcore processors running at 2.4GHz and 48GB
ECC RAM giving 24 cores of usable CPU power. The machine runs a locked down Windows 7 install.
The primary disk for server operations is 280GB two enterprise grade disks in RAID 1 array that is
split into 3 partitions. The operating system has a 30GB partition, Weather has a 16GB partition available.
The remaining space is for server software.
The networking equipment as well as the server are on an APC Smart-UPS 2200VA UPS so they can continue
working during a short-term power outage. UPS runtime is approximately 20 minutes. The server is connected to
an Aruba S2500-48P managed switch over a 10gb fiber link. Internet service is provided by Spectrum.
This actual website is hosted on a server running Linux located in a data center in Dallas,
Texas. Other specifics about the server are not known as its a leased machine which I don't own or have full
access to. My WX Server sends the collated data to this server tiffinweather.com .
The software that runs this site was written by MGCJerry originally for use in another
system but has outgrown the original system and now functions on its own. The software has been called "MGCMS"
and the current version is "0.9b". This software is still under development and is not available for download
or purchase at this time.
Software in use on the Weather Server is:Weather Display, Weather Display Live, Nexstorm,
NSLog and server software is Apache 2, PHP 5, MariaDB 10, Perl & Windows 7 Professional.
All other trademarks mentioned are properties of their respective owners, and they are not paid endorsements m'kay.
Created: Apr 17, 2009 by MGCJerry
Edited: Aug 12, 2019 by MGCJerry
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