Information

I’ve been asked a number of times which hardware / software I’m using to create the website and run the weather station so here goes (complete with links) …

The Weather Station itself is a Davis Vantage Pro/2 FARS 6163UKX Wireless from Davis & includes a Davis DataLogger device which connects the Vantage to a dedicated PC (a Gigate Pro SS) via the serial port.The system code well over £1200 and a major component (the UV Detector) failed after just 14 months. Davis refused to replace it and they cost £350 to replace. Rip off. I would urge you not to buy a Davis weather station on this basis unless you have deep pockets. They’re just not reliable enough despite the high cost of initial purchase.

The main Weather Station software is Weather Display  Brian Hamilton which I registered years ago and have been using ever since.

My basic tide information comes courtesy of WXTide32 Michael Hopper and I process this into a MySql database which is used to make the awesome tide graph on the website. Mark also helped me with the code for the chart on this page.

I’ve tried a few other types of software (and there are plenty available) but this combination works best for me personally.

I use some specialised software & scripts too such as WXSIM (to create the weather forecasts) and the excellent ajax powered dashboard scripts from Saratoga Weather and Carter Lake (both in the US). You can find out more about all of this from Google.

Finally, the website is now made in WordPress. Lots of PWS (Personal Weather Stations) use a template website – which is why they all tend to look the same; I’ve managed to avoid this temptation so-far.