Trearddur Bay Weather Station – Part 1

2016-08-20 12.45.32Early mornings in Trearddur Bay on racing days during the 2017 season were quite predictable when the weather conditions were marginal … I typically received several phone calls at Eithin Bach and text messages on my mobile asking me for status reports on the flags!

Whilst this is a service that I enjoy providing, it got me thinking that it should be possible to do a bit more for the Club and indeed the wider community, given the proximity of Eithin Bach to the beach and to the flagstaff in particular.

It was at this point that I decided to launch a personal project to set up a weather station that is accessible to all so that everyone who is interested can get up to the minute and historical information on the weather conditions directly at (or pretty close to) the flagstaff!  I thought this would be a helpful addition to the other local sources of information, such as the weather station at Ravenspoint.

The project was launched in late 2017 and my family played their part in the procurement phase, Phase 1, by making various contributions towards the actual Davis weather station by way of my birthday and Christmas presents.  Thanks folks.

Phase 2 was launched in January 2018.  This involved the assembly of the physical weather station, configuration of the local technology (it has a console, for example) and the connection to Davis’s Weatherlink.com service (more about this later), all of which proceeded to plan.

However, Phase 2 has now stalled, pending the arrival of a four metre stainless steel pipe to fix to the chimney stack at Eithin Back so that the weather station may be mounted.  Matthew Davis is helping to source the pipe and Chris Pritchard has agreed to perform the acrobatics to mount the pipe and the station in due course!

In the meantime, the weather station is “technically” operational and you are very welcome to check the temperature in Sam’s bedroom at Eithin Bach if that is of any interest by registering with the Davis system and searching for the weather station called “Eithin Bach”.

This is what the station is currently reading:

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(… it looks like my next project will be to implement an internet-enabled system to control my central heating!)

I am optimistic that Phase 2 will be complete by Easter (or shortly thereafter) so that the weather station is actually live on the Davis Weatherlink service with real data that is of some use.  However, there are limitations with the Davis Weatherlink service, such as the frequency of updates of trend data, so there will be a Phase 3!

Indeed, Phase 3 is already underway and involves the creation of a purpose-built website on which I intend to present all sorts of interesting information!  I’ll launch an alpha version of the website with a blog, probably in a couple of weeks’ time, to get the site online and so that I can test the technology behind the scenes.  Phase 4 will follow over the next few months and will be when I get the actual weather station data online!

That’s it for now, I’ll provide a further update in due course.

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