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I installed a professional weather station to monitor the weather conditions at my home in Ridley Park and to broadcast my data...it's nothing new to want to freely share weather data.  

For 100's of years fans of weather have stepped out their back door and made observations on the weather around them, used instruments, and made their observations know to others.

Since 48 BC it's not hard to tell the way the wind blows thanks to the general use of weather vanes. Evangelista Torricelli is universally credited with bring us the barometer in 1643 and Daniel Fahrenheit's, thermometers filled with mercury allowed observers to quantify hot and cold in 1714. 

Out of the box my system was easy to install. I chose the Vantage Pro2 by Davis Instruments because it allowed me to separate the instrument sensors and place each sensor in its optimum location.  My temperature, humidity, barometer, and rain sensor are 1.5 meters off the ground (59 inches) in my back yard. The wind vane and anemometer (wind speed) I mounted on the roof with some help from my neighbor and the deed was done.  The wireless transmission between my sensors are collected by a data-logger which  transmits my data to a portable display unit, my MAC, and on the Internet.

I registered my station with  WeatherUndergound.com (WU) and began broadcasting my data in mid-January 2017. Weather enthusiasts are the beating heart of weatherundergound with 180,000+ WU members sending real-time data from their own personal weather stations to create unique, specific forecasts for Ridley Park.

Visit Ridley Park's dedicated weather broadcast station on the web.

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Comment by Howard McCoy on March 21, 2017 at 1:48pm

@Jim McGowan - yep, it's not me this time. I learned the data from my instruments travels all over the place. The outage from Verizon last week killed 1000's of customers down line from RP and our station was working fine. 

Did you know there's a 2nd page to the station with historical data. Thanks for your support. 

Comment by Jim McGowan on March 20, 2017 at 10:39pm
Station is down again. (At 10:30pm on Monday, 3/20/2017).

Jim McGowan
Comment by Howard McCoy on February 16, 2017 at 12:38pm

@Michelle O: No Problem, my pleasure.  I'd still encourage you to get one of your own as it's a fun hobby.  I love looking at my wind speed data for the past few days - I recorded a 48 MPH wind gust on February 13, 2017.

I've had several weather stations and this one was a good example of a big boy with toys. At our summer home I'm installing a less expensive one with the sensors contained within one unit and it will broadcast to Weatherunderground as well.

For my summer application I'm looking at the Ambient Weather WS-1400-IP OBSERVER weather station. It transmits from the indoor and outdoor sensor array to the ObserverIP module, which plugs directly into your router and send the data directly to Weatherunderground. The Ambient Weather WS-1400-IP OBSERVER wireless sensor array measures wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, UV and solar radiation. The system is also designed to broadcast information to Wunderground.com. If you spend a bit more, you can have an indoor monitor with this system.

Comment by Michelle O on February 16, 2017 at 11:28am

Howard, thanks for doing this! I was thinking about getting my own because for quite a while there was a really inaccurate one in Leedom that was the closest to RP. Now I can rely on yours instead!

Comment by Howard McCoy on February 14, 2017 at 3:13pm

@Linda. yes, the station was down temporarily down after I accidentally turned off the data logger before we skated out of town to Tampa, Florida.  I saw the spurious 68ºF temperature and went to my control panel and viola; no incoming data. Our alarm tells us when the AC120V goes off and all was OK - so it had to be me turning off the router.

The stations' data logger was a new addition to my data network and I'd forgot to slim my network broadcasts for vacation travel. Thanks to my family I was back on by Saturday...Thanks for noticing.  All is good now.

Comment by Linda Shockley on February 10, 2017 at 8:07am

How did the accuracy of your weather station stack up to the networks? Does it do any predictions or just give info on current conditions?

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on January 31, 2017 at 2:48pm

@Jim Mc:  Yes, my broadcast station is KPARIDLE6.  There's another person broadcasting in Prospect Park and another at Widener University; mine's the one in between.

I had a few hiccups in the past 24 hours and Weather Underground looks like they're having some server issues themselves. Hopefully in 24hrs all will be fine and the winds and temp will appear on RPOL.

WU incorporates local station data like mine with NOAA's to produce a specific forecasts. I've always like having weather instruments and I wanted this station for the data tracking and graphs.  This is my third personal weather station; one destroyer by wind, the second's still working at our summer home but not broadcasting weather to the internet or my MAC, only to console inside the house...it will likely get an inexpensive upgrade this summer. KPARIDLE6 is more expensive than I'd go for at a vacation place. A couple manufacturers makes less expensive models aimed at broadcasting to WU where you can view the data on your mobile device (cell phone, tablet, laptop).

Comment by Dump Trump on January 31, 2017 at 1:54pm

\  Now if we could only get some real basketball courts and some properly maintained parks.

Comment by Jim McGowan on January 30, 2017 at 11:46pm

Is this it, Howard?  [KPARIDLE6]

Only one I see in Ridley Park tonight. I subscribe to Wunderground so I will try to make your station a part of it.

Thanks!

Jim

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