little about our station...
is owned by Tom Forrest, N4GVK of Greensboro, NC.
station used for this site is the Davis Vantage Pro2 with
the fan-aspirated radiation shield. the original Davis Vantage
Pro 2 was installed in 2005 and till 2020 when it finally
failed. It took a while to purchase a replacement. The new
modernized and updated station was installed on August 14,
read more about the Davis station here
fed into a computer for data storage, of which data from the
weather instruments are sent to the computer every 2.5 seconds.
Updates to the internet are made every few minutes to many
various weather gathering points around the country.
I got started in weather gathering...
ago my father, who was a great "gadget builder",
decided to build his own weather instruments. This was circa
1964. Weather instruments were only available to professionals
like major TV stations and government facilities. He constructed
the anneometer from brass toilet floats cut in half and brass
welding rods on a small DC toy motor. This would generate
current to a 0-1 Mil. meter. He calibrated the wind system
by mounting it on the top of his car and riding down the road
at specified speeds. It was amazing how accurate this was.
indicator was brass and it was two surplus sylsen motors.
It was all in a enclosure small enough to sit on top of our
TV in a fancy walnut enclosure. This worked well and accurate
for many years. Unfortunately, I have no photos of the system.
He even came up with a large magnifying rain gauge that was
a glass tube with a reflective red strip behind it and large
numerals. A project that didn't get far off the drawing board
was a hunidity gauge, using human hair. It didn't really work
as well as he thought, but it was worth a try.
always been interested in weather from those days in 1964.
Technology has come a long way!
site is dedicated to my father's memory and his love