Author: Steve Smedley

Stanny weather station goes online

Stanny weather stationWe are pleased to be able to announce that our weather station is now online! We’ve been trialling it since it was installed in September last year and now we’re ready to open it up to the public. You can view the latest weather information where we are by visiting stannyfarm.org/weather.

The data from the weather station supports a variety of conservation projects at Stanny Farm including collaborations with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). In our current work it will be particularly useful for identifying extreme weather events which might cause ground-nesting birds to abandon their nests.

All of our weather data is freely available to download. On the web page just select the “Historic data” tab. Each month’s weather info is available as a PDF or as an Excel spreadsheet. Let us know if you use it for anything interesting (and give us a credit).

The Stanny weather station is a Davis Vantage Pro2™ which measures temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction and rainfall. It’s mounted on a 2.4m post sited on grazing marsh adjoining the Alde Estuary. Data from the weather station is relayed by wireless communication to a console in a nearby building which also includes sensors for indoor temperature, indoor relative humidity and barometric pressure. Data is transferred from the console every 15 minutes via USB to a PC running  Davis WeatherLink®  software v6.0.3. The updated weather information is uploaded to the website every 15 minutes and the weather station web page automatically refreshes every 15 minutes to display the most recent weather conditions.

The Stanny weather station was funded by generous donations from the Britten-Pears Foundation and the The Adnams Charity.

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