About

Our School Weather Station

This is the website for the Reigate Grammar School weather station.

An automatic weather station (AWS Davis Vantage Pro2 model) was installed at Reigate Grammar School in August 2012.  It collects a large amount of data continuously which is wirelessly streamed from the various instruments to a data logger and thence stored and analysed on a pc which is on all of the time.  The pc then feeds data out to various websites where you can look at “live” weather data and summaries of Reigate weather.  A huge amount of data is recorded but basically we measure temperature (celsius), rainfall (mm), barometric pressure (sea level pressure mb), humidity (RH%), wind speed (mph), wind direction and sunshine hours.

Temperature, rainfall, sunshine and related measurements are updated on websites every 10 minutes.  Wind speed (mph) and direction  is updated every 5 seconds: you can see every gust almost as it happens over the school!  Each weather “day” starts at 9.00am GMT.

Regular checks and maintenance are also carried out to check for any disruptive influences or possible errors from the AWS.  A program of calibration is also adopted.

The weather station is a Davis Vantage Pro2 automated weather station carefully sited according to Met Office criteria to record the most accurate weather data possible given our school’s suburban location.  We supplement automated recordings with periods of traditional observations and manual data measurements to check and calibrate the automated sensors.  A mini-stevensons screen houses a max/min thermometer and wet/dry bulb hygrometer. There are also two rain gauges: one traditional standard rain gauge and one “sprinkler” style to record rainfall.  The anemometer and wind vane is located on a 5 metre pole above an exposed and elevated part of the school roof.

Blog posts are written for stimulating interest in the weather and for educational purposes and for the purpose of recording weather in this period of rapid climate change.  Weather models from good quality meteorological websites are interpreted to create amateur forecasts for local use, interest and educational purposes. For decision making purposes please consult the MetOffice or similar professionally produced forecasts.

Any questions or comments about the school weather station or the data presented or the websites or anything weather related please contact Simon Collins at Reigate Grammar School. sac@reigategrammar.org

Read more here on how we set it up.

Weather station location:

13 responses to About

  1. 

    What a wonderful facility you have created. It is both educational, useful and fun! Congratulations! I was pleased to see you making use of the excellent Cumulus Weather software. I noted that Reigate Weather appears in lower case as “reigate weather” in the titles of the various Cumulus pages. It is easy to change this and capitalise the first letter by changing the weatherstyle.css stylesheet. (I think by removing the line in the header . You wouldn’t want to upset the English Department!
    Once again, well done to everyone involved.
    Dave

  2. 

    Hi Simon. Yes I can . I’m not sure where you are with it all but I will make a few assumptions and feel free to get back to me if you need further help.
    In the main Cumulus folder where the various files are stored is the main front home page Index, stored in the folder called Web (Not web files).The file you need is the template, indexT.htm, not index.htm. You can find where the writing is by opening it in a text editor. Each week I just write it in here, save it and it will upload automatically. You can actually see exactly where this is on mine by right clicking on my home page and then click source or similar to see the code. You could even copy it into the relevant part of your IndexT file and modify it as required. No doubt you or one of the students can do html code far better than I !
    Let me know if you require any more help. By the way – can you see my actual email address? – if so feel free to PM on that if you don’t want too much detail going on here.
    Regards,
    Dave

  3. 

    Very good! I have to agree with Dave Cornwall. As a cumulus user myself I have just stumbled on it. The graphical explanations of the cold front and the use of WU graphs to explain it never occured to me – but I like it! What an investment for the school and others interested in the weather. Certainly I will be looking in for further installments to help me get my old head round the mechanics of meteorology. Don’t forget you can easily connect and communicate in the Cumulus Forum for more ideas on improvements to an already impressive weather resource. Also, don’t forget that the forum is used if you have any problems with the software.

    Thanks! Kevin

    • 

      Many thanks Kevin for your support and much appreciated advice and help on cumulus. We are new users so any help with this is very useful. I have added your site to my weather links page. I’ll head for the forum and take a look right now! many thanks again and best wishes. Simon

  4. 

    You are welcome Simon…..obviously don’t use my site for good practice. I’m still learning. Certainly the young ones, and I guess even you would be impressed with the steel series gauges which are fairly easy to implement. They are indeed created by Mark Crossley who is active daily on the forum. That is just one of numerous add-ons that add professionalism to our weather sites and appeal to a younger audience – I guess.

    Have a good New Year
    Kevin

  5. 

    I must admit because that what you mentioned and the Steel Gauges are two different methods of presenting realtime data. Here is the page for the steel gauge download:

    http://sandaysoft.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=7186

    and for viewing here is the link to my steel gauges:

    http://wiganweather.co.uk/gauges-ss.htm

    and the creator of the scripts Mark Crossley gauges here:

    http://weather.wilmslowastro.com/gauges5/gauges.htm

    Regards Kevin

  6. 

    It had crossed my mind that there are so many little add-ons that one has to strike a balance as to what is and what isn’t included. Otherwise the site can look cluttered. Anyway it is all good fun!

  7. 

    Great site! I willto add a link from our website.

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