North Staffs Weather - Audley
About North Staffordshire Weather Station - Audley
HardwareConditions at Audley are recorded by a personal weather station bought from Maplin, the WH1081 is manufactured by Fine Offset Electronics but has many other incarnations around the world. Sensors positioned 5 metres from the house measure temperature; outside humidity and rainfall; the wind speed and direction sensors are attached to my TV aerial and all data is transmitted wirelessly every 48 seconds to an indoor base station. The base station also records barometric pressure; indoor temperature and humidity. The webcam in use is a Microsoft LifeCam Studio.
SoftwareThe weather station and website is powered by Cumulus software, writen by Steve Loft. This uses a mathematical formula called an algorithm, which was developed by barometer makers and is thought to be around 90 per cent accurate, especially when read at 9 am.
Cumulus is more sophisticated and elegant than the program provided with the station and in addition to the measurements taken by the station, it calculates the average temperature; wind chill, heat index; dewpoint; temperature trend; cloud base; rainfall rate; 10-minute average wind speed; 10-minute average wind direction; wind run and pressure trend.
The webcam is powered by YAWCAM
Site InformationAudley weather station has been recording data since 25th December 2008. During that time I have made a few modifications and general improvements to the positioning of the various sensors.
The anemometer and wind direction indicator are attachwed to my TV aerial; however my location is not ideal as there are large trees and a church to the South and West.
The rain gauge is about 2 meters above ground level, and the temperature / humidity sensor is housed in a Stevenson Screen at 1.3 meters.
The webcam looks directly East however this is not ideal on a sunny morning in the summertime.