System changes and updates to the site hardware and software that might be of interest. Think of it as a change log.
18/05/2019 – Restart and logging enabled.
18/05/2019 – MSL calibration -7.0mbar, I still have not found out why the sensor reads so erratically. I will keep working on it. Also a quick restart as I have been running some verbose logging and a restart was as quick a way as any to reset things. Interestingly, the restart process is now measured in seconds as opposed to minutes when running Win10.
14/05/2019 – MSL calibration +7.7mbar
12/05/2019 – New look weather page implemented however you still have the old one to look at if you prefer it.
29/04/2019 – I have added a new weather template: Weather (New look) which the site will eventually move to, however for now you can swap between the two.
28/04/2019 – Dare I say it is actually looking good. I have added the WU API key again as I had omitted it from the new machine so historical data will start showing again from today.
27/04/2019 – I think I have found the issue which was ftp upload related so the station is back on the RPi box and updating as it should do. With all of the swapping over from box to box there has been some loss of data such as wind run however the rain should be fairly close and I can correct that if needed and if it is out it should be by less than 1.25mm.
27/04/2019 – The system is currently back on the old machine as I have an issue with not all of the data being uploaded to the website. The temperature was not updating however wind and wind run did upload… Right now I have no idea why this has happened other than maybe I need to increase the period between uploads which was 60 seconds.
25/04/2019 – All change! OK, more accurately I have moved the system to a raspberry Pi3 B+ which is a tiny single card computer running a variant of Linux. This tiny little box (About the size of a fag packet) Is taking information from the Data-logger, converting it to a meaningful format and uploading it to a web server hosting this site every 60 seconds. I am also writing this entry from the machine albeit I am actually connected in remotely as the little box itself has no monitor, keyboard or mouse. Lets see how this one goes….
22/04/2019 – MSL calibration -2.3mbar. Also a word of warning, I plan to ‘Upgrade’ to a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ which is a tiny little solid state machine running a variant of Debian Linux. If it works as planned uptime should go from days to months if not years between restarts. Of course, it does mean I need to get my Instromet serial data-logger to talk to the RPi so it could get messy… Or in other words, do I need this hassle at my time of life 🙂
20/04/2019 – It is the warmest day of the year so far at 22.6C for Binbrook and I have added a rather cryptic bargraph style forecast covering three days at the bottom of the front page plus a more detailed version at the top of the Weather Maps page which should give you a better idea of what the front page bargraph is actually showing!
12/04/2019 – The forecast field broke and has been restored. I think it was down to an API key again and I have created a new one although I am not convinced as I also lost the Metar feed from Humberside Airport. The good news is it is back and we have reasonable forecasts again.
11/04/2019 – The Weather Underground API key has been updated which means those of you that use a PC to view the live data will continue to have access to the full historical data for this site, served by WU. If you use a mobile ‘phone to view this site, well sorry but I cannot help 🙂
10/04/2019 – The machine crashed for some unknown reason however a re-boot resolved the trick although I did restart it a second time when it showed 1.5 C outside as I could not believe the temperature had fallen so quickly. A check with a digital IR Thermometer confirmed it was indeed that cold…
05/04/2019 – MSL calibration +9.0mbar
14/03/2019 – I woke up to a machine that was running but not updating the web site, due to a local restart. That would be the restart that should never happen…
13/03/2019 – The site went past the 5000 visitors mark today, so thankyou everyone that visits binbrook-weather, it is your interest alone that keeps this site alive.
04/03/2019 – MSL calibration -12.7mbar
04/03/2019 – Monthly stat added
02-03-2019 – Another restart during the night so I ran the full update and restarted manually, let see how things go…
01/03/2019 – A random restart overnight again, no idea why as the EVT logs show nothing. That is not good as the Dell box could be on the way out.
14/02/2019 – The AV forced a restart and I missed it. This morning, hopefully I have corrected the auto-restart issues and the weather station logging should start without interaction in the event of a forced restart.
12/02/2019 – MSL calibration +10.0mbar
07/02/2019 – MSL calibration -5.5mbar
28/01/2019 – Monthly Stats format revised with additional data.
25/01/2019 – There I was skipping around yesterday because I had seen 35 ish days uptime (Well it is Windows 10 Pro!) This evening I spotted it had restarted, reasons unknown and failed to start the necessary services to start the feed to the web site…. On a plus side no data was lost as the data logger is a separate device and it just kept on storing and trying to dump to the Win10 box.
I am thinking of storing data on a local SQL machine if I have the nerve as it is years since I strayed near an SQL server and it did not end well on a couple of occasions (On one occasion I was working on an AS400 and also managed to kill the connection to a couple of thousand users so probably not a good idea to mention it to IBM even after all these years!)
24/01/2019 – I have started publishing historical data in the form of a monthly highs and lows page covering temperature, rainfall, sunshine and wind at the start of the following month. The information will be linked from the front page of the site.
About tab removed from front page as it was a duplication of the main page.
24/01/2019 – MSL calibration -5.8mbar
25/12/2018 – MSL calibration +10.8mbar
21/12/2018 – MSL calibration -2.0mbar
21/12/2018 – Downed by the AV again. Running the station on a Windows 10 box is a problem as it is not really geared up for running for weeks on end without a restart. I am tempted to either look at Linux again and maybe even a little Raspberry Pi. It is the Christmas break now for us so I have a few days to consider my options. I would be happy with most platforms as long as they have acceptable uptime which to me is >120 days without restarts
19/12/2018 – Local calibration of MSL pressure -4.9 mbar.
13/12/2018 – Bizarrely the pressure is actually correct with no real evidence of drift at the moment.
13/12/2018 – An enforced outage caused by the AV that should not force a restart doing just that and going unnoticed for 12 hours.
06/12/2018 – Local calibration of MSL pressure +4.3 mbar. I am trying to understand the variances and see if their is a mean point, time to start a spreadsheet.
29/11/2018 – Local calibration of MSL pressure -7.0 mbar. My old Grannies barometer is better than this electronic thing 🙁
27/11/2018 – Grit in the rain meter caused issues again, hopefully now resolved.
20/11/2018 – I noticed the rain meter was not reading, this was down to a blocked strainer/filter so something to keep an eye on in the future.
15/11/2018 – Local calibration of MSL pressure +5.8 mbar.
14/11/2018 – Restart, thank you Microsoft.
06/11/2018 – Server problems downed the front page for around 12 hours, apparently a file had gone missing…
30/10/2018 – UTC time updated on live weather page.
26/10/2018 – Local calibration of MSL pressure -6.2 mbar. It is still drifting and I do wonder if the error is temperature related. I will continue to investigate the issue…
18/10/2018 – Local calibration of MSL pressure +11.08 mbar. Time to look at a new pressure sensor by the look of it as this one seems to drift somewhat.
14/10/2018 – Rain meter filter cleaned. Which involved me getting wet to confirm it was raining…
14/10/2018 – Local calibration of MSL pressure -3.08 mbar.
10/10/2018 – System restart, thank you Microsoft.
20/09/2018 – There was a slowing down of the site around midday due to host server issues. It seemed to straighten itself out before the hosting company had even got to it so hopefully the impact was minor to the site users.
17/09/2018 – The 1000 visits mark was hit today so thank you to everyone who is taking an interest in our local weather 🙂
08/09/2018 – Some minor tweaks to the data logger including new comms cabling which meant downing the system for a short period which in turn broke today’s sunshine hours and a gap in rain data, this will reset at midnight and normality will be resumed. My view is just assume zero sunshine hours for the day… On a plus side the system is about where I would like it to be so hopefully entries to the change log will be fewer now.
06/09/2018 – Temperature Day/Month/Year charts correctly scaled. (Many thanks Brian)
03/09/2018 – The power socket for the data logger has also now been clearly marked…
03/09/2018 – Outage due to my Anti Virus killing the machine network connection which is really annoying. Hopefully I have resolved the issue now.
26/08/2018 – Interactive weather maps page added.
25/08/2018 – Local calibration of MSL pressure +3 mbar.
19/08/2018 – I have moved the graphical weather page to Binbrook Weather (Live) and have renamed it to better reflect what it actually shows, location is still top left of the home page.
18/08/2018 – The issues with Wetbulb logging are now resolved and the humidity calculations are correct which means the Dewpoint calculations are also now correct and accordingly, the weather prediction is also more accurate. (Top right of the first row for those of you not using mobile devices)
18/08/2018 – Ongoing Wetbulb/Humidity calibration of system will mean some outages of real time temperature logging around midday.
16/08/2018 – Live weather data row two, field 3 constantly shows Misty Fog conditions, this is due to the live data collection error with humidity and will be resolved hopefully 19/08/2018, update to be confirmed.
16/08/2018 – The monitoring system refuses to run as planned so I will continue the old fashioned way by checking frequently and meanwhile, see if I can come up with a worthwhile solution.
15/08/2018 – The application (CumulusMX) which generates real time data uploaded to this this site fell over yesterday evening (14/08/2018) and as a consequence the weather service was down for around 3 hours. I have added a monitoring system that will keep an eye on things and automatically restart CumulusMX if it stops again. Additionally the machine will restart at 00:00 hrs daily. This will not impact historical data however the weather page will not be updated for a short while whilst the restart is happening.
11/08/2018 – Site is published, I can see the net few days/years being interesting as I try to get to grips with everything weather related!