About This Station
Hebrides Weather has been running since March 2007 and between then and June 2009 was a sub-site of my other website Hebrides Photos.com. The weather side of the site became too large so I thought it was time to move it to it's own domain and server, creating www.hebwx.co.uk that you see now. The station is located in the village of Flesherin, near Tiumpan Head on the Eye Peninsula (or Point, as it's known locally), about 10 miles east of Stornoway.
The weather station in use is the Davis Vantage Pro2 which is wireless and measures the wind speed & direction, the days rain, outside air temperature, humidity and barometric pressure at sea level. It also calculates the wind chill and dew point as well as producing the weather forecast on the Live Weather. Extra equipment has been added to the VP2 and it now also records Solar and UV radiation, leaf wetness (for a faster indication of when it's raining), grass & soil temperature and soil moisture. To stop the temperature and humidity sensors from being effected by the Sun on warm days there is also a daytime solar powered fan to keep a constant airflow over the sensors.
All the sensors are solar powered and have a battery backup. To stop birds from using the rain gauge as a toilet a row of zip-ties have been put around the top of the rain bucket to stop birds from landing on the edge. The same has been done to the leaf wetness sensor. The soil temperature sensor has been placed at a depth of 3 inches (8cm) and the soil moisture sensor at 6 inches (15cm). As the soil is mostly peat then it remains quite wet all year round.
There is a Boltek StormTracker Lightning detector connected to the computer using Nexstorm software that registers any lightning strikes within a 750 mile radius. The data for the lightning detector is also made available to various websites that produce triangulated lightning data to better identify the exact location of thunderstorms around Europe. The forecasts are created using WXSim software which is tailored to this location and collects data from various sources to produce an accurate 5-day forecast.
The weather data is uploaded using a software called Weather Display which puts all of the data together, creates the graphs, tables and reports then uploads the data to the site. The program was written & designed by New Zealander, Brian Hamilton, who continues to update and add new features all the time. Added to Weather Display is Weather Display Live which is the program used for the Live Weather on this site. It is also enhanced by the MesoMap Live which takes data from weather stations all over the world and allows their readings to be displayed on a map that the site owner creates.
There are a number of other pieces of equipment associated with the website including a North & East facing webcams, Comar AIS-2-USB AIS receiver to see what shipping is in the Minch, Kinetic SBS-1 virtual radar for picking up aircraft in the area and a GPS receiver which is used to accurately keep time for all the systems.
All the equipment is fed into a dedicated desktop PC which runs 24/7 and is fitted with an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) which will supply enough power keep the PC and router running for about 40 minutes if the mains power is lost (a frequent occurrence around here).