Weather Station Website

The Graduate Program in Environmental Science has purchased and installed a Davis Vantage Pro Wireless Weather Station. It is housed at the Pace Environmental Center (the farmhouse). Information from the data collectors (rain gauge, anemometer, wind vane, barometer, temperature, solar incidence) are received at the base station and some display and calculations are performed on the station. They also purchased the Davis WeatherLink software and interface that connects the base station to a computer. It displays the weather information in a variety of ways and historical tracks of weather features are displayed, if queried. There is also a weather prediction feature and a statement of what it's like outside. WeatherLink software and related information for this project can be found at WeatherLink Information.

The goal of this project is to continuously display the data, in an easy-to-use way, on a website that can be linked from one of the Pace University websites. If this project is successful, it will get the attention of the Dean of Dyson and the Head of Biological Sciences, Professor Rich Schlesinger. Furthermore, there are several classes (environmental science and meteorology) that can use the information immediately and are very anxious to have it available.

Last year a team came close to completing this project in one semester. However, the current status of the Weather Station Website project is that it is not automatic, meaning that information must be sent by ftp to the server periodically to have it appear on the website. You can view, for example, information for April on the Weather Station Website. Instructions for sending additional information to the server are given below. Other documentation on the Weather Station Website project can be found at last year's Weather Project Team Website.

Steps last year's team used to send data to Weather Station Website

  1. The Pace Weather Base station sends a comma-delimited file to www.wunderground.com. We ftp this comma-delimited file to our Weather station system.
  2. Once we have the comma-delimited file, a data transfer package implemented by us will pull the data from the comma-delimited file and import it into the database on appserver. The database is built on SQL Server.
  3. The database details you need to connect to appsvr.csis.pace.edu (198.105.44.40) are as follows:
  4. Once the data is in the database the application should run perfectly. Unfortunately, the data has to be input into the database on a daily basis.
The job for a follow-on project will be to setup a mechanism to automatically ftp the comma delimited file to a folder on the web server and then use the DTS package we have on appserver database to import the data into the tables. The display of the information might also need improvement or further enhancements as suggested by Dr. Minnis.