- Revised and improved the
About page (now split into two pages).
- Changed Rapid Fire page to a popup from
- Changed internal links in various areas to
eliminate too many windows or tabs being opened.
- Minor cosmetic changes.
- Webcam has been taken offline
until further notice (it hasn't actually worked since early July
after an effort to mount it in a different location resulted in the
cam falling to the floor). Therefore, I will have to buy a new cam
(and a better one at that) when time & $$$ allows.
- Some link updates & minor cosmetic
- Testing underway to add webcam image to site -
though hardware and software undecided. Leaning on ImageSalsa for
software solution however. Current "stream" is every 10 seconds,
delivered by FTP. Further tests will try out different streaming
technologies, scripts, perhaps an additional cam. Stay tuned. View
the webcam here.
- Updated About Page to include full implementation
of 3rd Party Software that has been recently installed/registered.
- Updated index page to be fully W3C HTML 4.01
Transitional compliant. As for the other pages on this
site...they'll be enhanced and/or recoded as time allows!
- Updated Conditions page to include our new live
data feed featuring Weather Underground's "Rapid Fire" live flash
feed. This is still a work in progress at this time. You can view
the feed here.
- Added our station's Weather Underground
conditions image to Conditions Page.
- Changed wind speed on Conditions page to reflect
CWOP/APRS 2-minute average standard instead.
- Added CWOP/APRSWXNET logo to Conditions Page.
- Removed current wind speed images on Conditions
- Updated links section.
- Added a looping snow/rain radar from
Intellicast.com (IMHO this is better than AW's) to the Maps section.
- Increased the AW radar loop popup window size to
display entire image.
- A firmware upgrade on the console disrupted the
daily high and low values for the day on the Conditions page -
except rainfall - as the console had to be powered down in order to
apply the update. No other data or reports was affected, and
as this was done after 9:30 pm, not much harm was done. Everything
should be back to normal by midnight. See the
weatherstation changelog for more
information about the firmware upgrade itself.
- Page Title updated on this changelog page to fix
the old website reference.
- Updated link to the former weatherforum.net to
- Removed drop down menu for other weather sites -
it never did work properly in most browsers. This may be redone
sometime in the future as time allows.
- Updated About page.
- Fixed a couple of errors on the about page.
- Fixed a number of errors and broken links.
- Redid vicweather.net logo, previous format did
not present well on some browsers.
- Added some links and a lightning detector map
(link courtesy of darryl-gail.com).
- Minor cosmetic changes.
- Added About page.
- Moved Reports section to Archives/Maps/Links
- Another round of cosmetic changes, mainly
involving formatting and buttons.
- Officially moved all weather data off marauder.ca
(my ISP's webspace).
- Enhanced the new vicweather.net logo (latest
version is shown at the top of this page).
- Added Canadian city conditions to maps section.
- Several cosmetic changes on most (if not all)
- Began moving website from my ISP webspace to my
new domain, vicweather.net, at mochahost.com (decision was made
partly because of their name - I love mochas!
- Created new welcome page when entering
- Created new "vicweather" logo (similar to the
Marauder logo, actually)
- Added Photos page with some outdoor shots.
- Deleted "In Construction" references.
- Fixed Weather Underground link
- Added new Marauder.ca logo to all pages
- Changed hit counter as previous one simply
stopped working. New one from bravenet.com displays basic site stats
(and it's free).
- Made a site favicon (see above) , but it won't
work properly unless you type in site's "official" address -
www3.telus.net/akwebs/akweather/AKWeather.htm ... this will soon be
redundant as I am working to getting my site hosted elsewhere.
- Added Humidity and Dew Point 3-day graphs to
- Recoded drop down menu in links section to be
more cross platform (now works in Firefox 1.5x and Opera 8.x).
- Other minor cosmetic changes.
- Added some Radar and Satellite Maps
- Added Weatherstation Changelog section (below)
- Added hit counter to Conditions page.
- Added this Changelog page.
- Fixed drop down menu in links section.
- Several cosmetic changes to all pages.
- Improved browser compatibility.
- Added and updated links section.
- Added basic station location map.
- Brought back the rain charts due to visitor
- Minor cosmetic changes.
- Created some buttons for the Conditions (title)
- Minor cosmetic changes, including browser
- Added a new page for archives, maps, photos, and
- Added existing archives and some links to new
- Added weather buttons from The Weather Network
and Environment Canada.
- Added some Google Adsense "targeted advertising"
in discreet locations. Time will tell if this was a worthwhile
- Deleted Rain Charts displaying information
already on the left column.
- Many other minor cosmetic changes.
- Some minor enhancements, including the addition
|11/29 - 12/20/05
- Only minor cosmetic changes during this time.
- Loaded up the page to the internet for the first
- Rerouted marauder.ca domain to the new page
residing on my ISP's server (will get new host in Spring '06).
- Several changes to selections of graphs and
charts selected to appear on webpage.
- Created the original page from the Davis
WeatherLink software template but did not yet load up to internet.
- Some initial cosmetic modifications.
- Completed testing of 3rd party programs - VPLive
(freeware), VirtualVP, and StartWatch (both shareware). VirtualVP
and StartWatch were both registered. All 3 programs are
creations of SoftWx
(see the About page for more
info), and are now implemented full time on the Weatherstation PC.
- This station now uploads data to Weather
Underground (finally!). Weatherlink has been set up with the
Wunderground module to upload the data every 2.5 seconds (when
possible - one exception is it only uploads once per minute from 12
- 2 am locally). This "realtime" update is not perfect, however, and
causes Weatherlink to hang from time to time.
- The connection from the VP2 console to the PC has
been changed from USB to serial. This is expected to (finally)
eliminate the lost connectivity issue described at various times
below. Note - the USB cable switch on Nov 10/06 did help, but it
still occurred twice in a seven day period.
- Now reporting to CWOP/APRS every 10 minutes. Our
station's call sign is CW6780. The data can be seen
- Testing underway to split station's data signal
to various 3rd party programs. Once testing has completed, I will
list the software used and provide links.
- Changed USB cable to resolve the lost
connectivity issue. This appears to be very effective and have
cancelled the automatic reboots mentioned below, for the time being.
However, I will soon be replacing the USB connection to a serial
one, which has been reported to eliminate the issue).
- Instituted twice-daily automatic system reboots
and made some other tweaks to further minimize the lost connectivity
issue mentioned previously. The driver update, mentioned on 10/18,
did not eliminate this issue.
- Updated the console's firmware to April 10, 2006
revision. For details regarding the firmware, please go to this
link at Davis' website. The main feature is that PC firmware
upgrades are now possible without Davis' firmware updater unit
J (though I had to rent
one from Davis in order to apply this update!)
- Updated the USB to UART controller driver to
version 4.38 to hopefully tackle the issue involving periodic lost
connectivity between the PC and the VP2.
- Thoroughly cleaned out the rain collector after
receiving some incorrect rain data earlier this week. This seems to
have resolved the issue. Rainfall data was adjusted accordingly,
though October is still likely showing an understated amount of rain
- Upgraded Weatherlink software to 5.7a.
There are some lingering connectivity problems that are still being
- Added a dedicated UPS.
- Changed the Weatherstation PC to a lower
power-consuming Dell Optiplex/P4 1.8 GHz.
- Discovered console was reporting incorrect yearly
rainfall total. This was adjusted.
- On separate occasions, the rain gauge records
individual 12.4, then 13.6 mm rainfall readings early in the
afternoon, even though it wasn't actually raining at the time. The
station was otherwise ok. No water had intruded the ISS housing
either. Perhaps a bird or something else set it off - who knows? The
rain data was adjusted (though not the storm total, that cannot be
- During a snowy afternoon (a rather rare event,
and last of '05), the ISS and anemometer are mounted in permanent
locations, at least for the winter.
- Though the ISS is hardly in an ideal location, it
will do for the time being. It is mounted on a pole approx. six feet
from the nearest exterior wall of the house, next to the garden
shed. It is mounted about seven feet above ground, in part so the
kids can't reach it easily. But a neighbouring house is only about
15 feet to the north of the ISS, which creates less flow of air. It
also does not get enough direct sunlight for the solar panel.
- The anemometer was mounted on a ten-foot pole,
sitting approximately 9 feet above my 2nd floor patio, on the north
edge of the house. Although the anemometer is about 15 feet
above ground in total, it still needs to go about eight to ten feet
higher to get more accurate wind results. However, my location
- especially from the east - is surrounded nearby by large trees
that would require a 100 ft tower to supersede. The anemometer is
wired to the ISS using a conduit running from the base of the pole
to the ISS pole, stretching approximately six feet away from the
wall of the house.
|11/28 - 11/30/05
- Permanent mounting of ISS and anemometer scouted
and various locations are considered.
- First version of web page using data from the
station goes online.
- ISS and anemometer moved around a bit to enhance
accuracy of observations. Official data collection started today.
- Station arrived in good condition today. Initial
unpacking and assembly of parts. ISS (Integrated Sensor Suite) and
anemometer placed outside on 2nd floor patio table for testing.
- After much deliberation, decided on Davis Vantage
Pro2 Weatherstation (VP2) from Davis Technologies. Ordered from
online discount retailer in the U.S. on this day.
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