System changes and updates to the site hardware and software that might be of interest.
27/12/2019 – System restarted. It was reporting OK however I could not connect to the machine so I forced a restart. It all looks OK however it reported a browsing as being on so I suspect I ran out of memory.
05/12/2019 – The humidity sensor is back up and running with a new wet bulb water container fitted. That brings everything back to where it should be operationally.
02/12/2019 – Reset UTC to zero on server and returned temperature to 0C calibration from -3.6C and I will continue to take spot readings to enable the correct calibration to be applied. Rain meter circuit board fitted so rain fall should be back on-line.
01/12/2019 – At long last the issue has been identified regarding the temperature runaway, it was mice! They had nibbled some of the outside cables, this allowed moisture to get in, add some torrential rain and freezing weather and the cables failed. I have chopped them back and terminated them in a weather proof box, I have also had to move the temperature gauges so they have been re-calibrated and all looks good.
Next job will be fit the rain circuit board when it returns, order a new wet bulb water container and hopefully everything will last until the warmer weather when I will re-cable everything and protect the cables with length of tubing.
The MSL was calibrated at the same time by 11,0mbar.
30/11/2019 – After displaying correctly first thing this morning the temperature readings suddenly ran away. At 40C ish I removed the temperature probes and screen and carried out the mechanical upgrade I have been threatening to do and fitted two new sensors (Wet & Dry) Unfortunately the recorded temperature continued to rise and is now currently showing a corrected temperature with a -47.5C offset. I really hope this is not a data logger issue…
To make matters worse the wet bulb plastic water container shattered in my hand when unscrewing it so that needs replacing and the rain sensors have not arrived back from testing yet. 🙁
25/11/2019 – UPDATE – both rain sensors are heading back to Instromet for checking, hopefully they will find something. Meanwhile our rain measurements are down, the rest of the system will carry on reporting as normal.
25/11/2019 – Issue of the rain meter counting up continued so I have replaced the sensor cable and will keep an eye on it again. Right now it looks OK however I would prefer a few days without errors to pass before I celebrate.
24/11/2019 – I stripped and cleaned the rain meter today and noticed a small tear in the cable shroud, so I have taped it up and will keep an eye on the output. I also bounced the data logger and local machine to hopefully give everything a fresh start. I will keep watching….
20/11/2019 – Nothing suspicious in the meter when I opened it (I half expected spiders to be walking past the sensor!) I will keep an eye on it.
19/11/2019 – The rain meter was showing active rain and nearly 75.0mm of rainfall this evening which is not what I expected as the day has been dry. I have zeroed the rain fall for the day and will investigate in the morning, assuming it is not raining!
17/11/2019 – 1,000 visitors to the site 🙂
10/11/2019- Monthly Stats updated and server bounced because it has been a while and the memory usage and swap files were starting to build up so I am inclined to think a restart every 2-3 months is not a bad thing. Other than an occasional restart that will be required the new Raspberry server is working perfectly.
22/09/2019 – Rain meter replaced so hopefully I will see more accurate reporting.
22/09/2019 – MSL calibration -2.0mbar
26/08/2019 – Power cut AM for a couple of minutes.
26/08/2019 -MSL Calibration +3.5mbar
28/07/2019 – My local server fell over during the night and I have no idea why as I could not communicate with it. It has been restarted and seems OK right now.
25/07/2019 – MSL calibration -6.8mbar
22/07/2019 – Another power cut this morning and I still have sunshine hours displayed issues that I am trying to get to the bottom of.
19/07/2019 – Two more power cuts in the afternoon and evening caused a loss of service.
18/07/2019 – Two power cuts in quick succession will have meant a loss of service for a few minutes around breakfast time. I also renamed this page from change log to event log to better reflect the information it holds.
A side effect of the power cuts is the sun hours is now showing as a negative number, I will investigate further…
05/07/2019 – System restart as WU (Weather Underground) was not receiving data from this station, this means the daily historical chart would not have been updating. This is more often a WU error however a quick restart does no harm as it is completed in a matter of seconds (The joys of running Linux)
I just noticed there have been exactly 8000 visits since I launched this site back in August 2018. I am really impressed so many people refer to the site on a daily basis to check the local weather and forecast. Thank you all, you keep visiting and I will keep recording the Binbrook weather.
05/07/2019 – MSL calibration -3.5mbar
03/07/2019 – I spotted a CuMX console error this morning, so restarted it. There will have been no logging interruption and this is a note for my own use.
MSL calibration +4.0mbar
30/06/2019 – The humidity issue is confirmed resolved, it was down to a wick on one of the sensors that is supposed to draw water up from a reservoir using a capillary action, despite using denatured water the wick had deteriorated however a good rinse in soapy water and normality was restored.
What I have decided is the design for the two temperature sensors is shocking so I will order a couple of new sensors in and implement a new lower maintenance design so I do not have to faff around every time the wick needs replacing
29/06/2019 – Well it has been a while… Humidity sensor might just be sorted, I faffed around with the wick and primed it with de-mineralised water and it looks to be functioning as it should. Of course you could ask why it took me so long to work this out… This of course does mean a momentary dip in actual temperature on what is certainly the hottest day of the year so far.
17/06/2019 – A couple of minor pauses in data this morning as I was bouncing the router due to issues with a different server. I have also deleted the info@ email account as it was already on the spam list I have only ever received a couple of legitimate emails in the 10 months the site has been going. You can still contact me with some imagination or by just asking at the local Post Office. I will have a think about how what to do about this, maybe a postal address and accept contact by letter as people used to in the good old days 🙂
13/06/2019 – Some back end changes to the server software for security purposes meant a loss of live data a couple of hours around midday. This is now sorted and historical data has been retained.
11/06/2019 – Link to the old weather page removed.
10/06/2019 – Scaling corrected on rain chart pop-up. (Was reading x10 rain fall)
07/06/2019 – Rainfall meter maintenance, in the rain as that is the only time I notice it needs cleaning…
04/06/2019 – I do wish I had kept quiet abut how much better than Win10 this little box is… Actually, it probably is however I had to restart this morning as the web site temperature was not updating. The restart resolved the issue however it does make me wonder what happened. We did run a scan of the web server last night which my have spooked something although nothing shows so far and I will be keeping a close eye on the operation today.
03/06/2019 – A quick restart first thing as Weather Underground was not being updated and this is the source for the daily and monthly data charts. I am tempted to move to MySQL or similar and hold all of the information locally in a true database. Urgh, I thought I had escaped this sort of thing years ago…
I have also renamed the News tab to ‘Change Log’ to better reflect its use. Oh, I also added a script to allow me to restart the weather server even more quickly if needed. It is now down to seconds to restart and does make me wonder why I persevered with Win10 for so many months.
27/05/2019 – The server side software has been updated to fix the charts issue so they now display day and month data in graphical format when selected if you are on a PC, this may work on an iPad as well however I cannot test this. For some reason the yearly stats option is now missing so I will take a closer look, oh and no doubt break something along the line. The good news it is all working exactly as it should be and I am going to leave it alone for a bit now….
24/05/2019 – A quick restart to flush everything after logging has been deactivated. The WU historical data issue continues, in that the data is sporadic and the issue appears to be external of this system.
20/05/2019 – WU historical data is back! No idea why either, fingers crossed it stops this way.
19/05/2019 – Well it looks like Weather Underground (WU) have stopped the historical data feed so no weather history right now. I have no idea how to rectify this and it is not unique to this site. I will post something when I know more.
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 next few days/years being interesting as I try to get to grips with everything weather related!