Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Such a geek

For Christmas I received a wireless weather centre from Ste.  I love it. 


There is an outside section which is attached to a high point in between my vegetable plot and the greenhouse, which is the section of land I want to know most about. 


This transmits data at intervals (mine is set to 30 mins) to a touchscreen device that I have in the kitchen. 
I can then attach the computer to the touchscreen device and either view it on the computer or download it to a spread sheet and check a whole range of different things, some of which I know about and others I have no idea what it is.

This morning before work, I downloaded the data which is from Boxing Day until today and (here's the geeky bit) I found some interesting results. 
My computer screen
Over the days, the wind mostly blows from the North/North East, with only once from the West when it was warmer.
The coldest it's been outside is -2.6C and the warmest is 16.8C on Boxing Day!  It was super mild though, I remember having to disrobe when doing the jobs.
It tells me what the dew point is, which I remember reading about once in how it related to veg and growing - I've since forgotten so will research it again.
I can set an alert on it to warn me if the temperature drops below a certain amount, meaning I will have to cloche/fleece the seedlings when I get them in the ground.
Inside the kitchen the temperature has ranged from 19.3 to 26.1 which is when I've been having a good cooking session.  The Aga is always on so that room is always warm.  Heart of the house :).
I can find out all about relative and Absolute pressure - no idea about this one?!
Wind gusts last night were recorded but only at 30mph which I was shocked about as it woke me up 3 times and was SO loud.
Also we've had 16ml of rain since I switched it on back in December.
I do love things like this and will happily sit looking at the data for a good hour or so, probably terribly sad, but that's me :D.
I also got a tiller for Christmas - aren't I a very lucky girl!?

15 comments:

  1. My weather station broke. I did keep saying I would like one for Christmas but santa didnt come through on that. I may hint again for one for my birthday. I am also terribly sad then as well, as I find someone elses data interesting...

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    1. It was your post that reminded me to write this one Sol :) Good luck getting a new one, I think they are fab. We can be "sad" together :D

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  2. I love that it gives you the data on the computer - I have to go out and read mine!

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  3. We had something similar years ago but the program never worked. Things sound as though they've improved. Will be fun to observe a big storm...or snow! Keep warm. x

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    1. Yes I am looking forward to the different events. Although it isn't as exposed as some areas as I want to know the readings where my veg will be, so this may play it all down a touch regarding wind etc. Still fun though.

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  4. Its the same one I have, I download every month, the spread sheet and graph mine has been running a year now, I print the sheets off and keep them in a ring binder makes interesting reading when comparing to this time last year, I dont understand the relative pressure thingy :-)

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    1. I remember you getting one on your blog actually. Fabulous bit of kit, the man did well choosing!

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  5. Oh geeky heaven. That is fab. Great that it can give you heads up for when they weather is colder. Love it!

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    1. It is isn't it? Now I need to figure out what alerts I want setting up - more research :D love it! x

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  6. could you please tell me the make of your weather station? I may have to get it myself!

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    1. That sounds like a smashing idea:
      http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/black-usb-wireless-touchscreen-weather-centre-n96gy
      This is it :)

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    2. thank you. off to look at it now!

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  7. Ohhh you've got one with a wind thing! We want one of those. We have simpler thermometer and pressure readings. It is so useful.

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  8. I am sure that it will provide you with lots of useful information which will help with your growing and planting and so on. It will just be fun to see what is happening too!

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