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Sturm und drang

It took me most the night, but I wasn't going to get any sleep anyways, with how the wind was making the house creak... I put together a small server box whose purpose in life is to listen to our weather station and put the results on the web.

The Belfry Weather Page

It's really simplistic at the moment, but the data is good. I'll work on making it prettier when I have time.


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Dec. 16th, 2002 10:16 am (UTC)
VERY VERY cool! :)

I've actually been considering getting a weatherbug weatherstation for my home and set up a camera with it. I'll have to check the bandwidth limits on my line first.
Dec. 16th, 2002 01:48 pm (UTC)
Y'know, Revs, that _is_ an interesting thought... mounting an external camera up on that mast, for a wide-angle 'weather picture'. Would be pretty, watching the clouds come down from Mt. Umunhum. *starts research*
Dec. 16th, 2002 11:03 am (UTC)
*snickers at the music selection*

56 mph? It sounded like more last night -- I kept wanting to go out in it, but it was waaaay late n' all.

Dec. 16th, 2002 10:51 pm (UTC)
Neeeat. I've been poking at some Python code to draw, from the National Weather Service METAR data, a more spirally wind direction graph than wunderground.com uses. I'm not sure it's actually useful yet, especially with the abysmal doodle linked from the item. I haven't yet figured out cron on my web host, so even though I have a script that draws such a thing, I don't have enough data.

You don't have a record of 200+ samples of wind speed and direction data, do you?
Dec. 17th, 2002 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, neat! Thanks! I've implemented the wind direction graph into the graphing page.
You can use my Raw Weather Data, but note that the first half or so of the wind direction values are bad. It's really obvious.
Dec. 17th, 2002 08:30 pm (UTC)
Neat! Is that a feature of graphing software you're using, or did you have to teach it that? At least now I know it's called a wind rose graph.
Dec. 18th, 2002 01:48 pm (UTC)
All my graphs are generated from my raw data by using gnuplot scripts. I had to teach it how to do the wind direction graph. Actually a wind rose is more traditionally a direction and speed graph, rather than a direction and time graph. I had implemented it as a wind rose before, but changed it to your suggested wind direction graph as it made more intuitive sense to me.
Dec. 17th, 2002 09:21 pm (UTC)
Guess it's not really as nice as y'all's, but here's mine (temporary link).
Dec. 18th, 2002 01:53 pm (UTC)
I actually like how yours connects the graph points with lines. I tried to get gnuplot to do that, but it seemed intent on drawing straight between points, instead of following the polar arc. :/

Is the intensity of the red a function of wind speed? It's a bit hard to see the weaker reds on my LCD screen.
Dec. 18th, 2002 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's supposed to be darker, and the arcs are supposed to be lighter too. It's messy to me, too, so I guess I should figure some better way to do it. I might've tried line thickness if PIL supported drawing arcs of particular thickness.
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