Version 2 Project Diary

  • 2020-11-21; So, the new job hasn't exactly eased up two and a half years in, with one ongoing pandemic meaning there aren't enough hours in the day, any day. That said, I've been beavering away quietly on bits of the v2 project. I'm doing an online Artifical Intelligence course just now to refresh my knowledge, it looks like I may finally have a coder to do the experimental weather radar interface code to put it online and to analyse the data collected and perhaps most excitingly, I've fallen across a new cost-effective and seriously nice weather station (and a very interesting company behind it) that looks like it's the answer to my dreams - the Tempest by Weatherflow. I've just set one up here in Cobh, a second is already up and running in Ringaskiddy and two others will shortly be installed at Fort Davis and at the National Maritime College of Ireland. I'm currently evaluating the station and the data management behind it but it's looking very promising. More to follow over the coming months!
  • 2019-10-06; Right, after something of an unplanned interruption due to a new job that's rather taken up my entire life since June last year, I'm finally getting some time to work on this project again. An update; I've carried out more repairs on the Cobh weather stataion, it's back online and if I'm very lucky it might see me through this Winter. The Cork weather radar (experimental) will hopefully be back online in the next week or two. I'm working on elements of the new local forecasting platform and when I need a break from design & coding, I'm working on gathering, analysing and on how to present the historic data.
  • 2018-11-17; Weather station batteries have failed yet again (fell over sometime on Tuesday I think). Will replace them this morning but the station really is on its last legs :-(.
  • 2018-11-11; Working up daily timelapse movies process; see an example here.
  • 2018-11-11; Debugging the weather radar app. See a screen grab here.
  • 2018-11-10; Process figured out for the planned daily timelapse movie. Each movie will consist of 9 images captured by the Cork Harbour Weather Weather Cam; dawn, sunrise, mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, dusk and midnight. I've been manually collating data since October 28th and have a mountain of historic daily imagery I'll have to work through over the coming months. Now that I've the process bottomed out, I've to work out how to automate it and once that's done, then code it up.
  • 2018-11-09; a first alpha version of the Cork weather radar data app has gone live. Once we've debugged it and added a few necessary features, it'll be available from this site.
  • 2018-11-04; Style for new website adopted and first pages started (Home & About)
  • 2018-11-04; Cobh Weather station put back online.
  • 2018-11-04; https (SSL) considered for web server. Parked for now as no sensitive data flows across the connection and the costs involved aren't trivial...
  • 2018-11-03; All files transferred from old weather server. Review makes clear a total rebuild of the backend (MySQL database, PHP code base etc.) will be required. All archived data is catalogued.
  • 2018-11-03; Weather Cam put back online.
  • 2018-11-03; Sorted out shared folder connection between Windows 10 PC and Ubuntu VM hosting web server to enable dynamically generating/updating files on Windows 10 PC to be immediately available to the web server. Such files include weather cam images and weather station latest data files etc.
  • 2018-11-03; Weather Cam re-instated. 5 minute snapshots for now with images for dawn, sunrise, mid-morning, noon, afternoon, sunset, dusk and midnight being archived for each day.
  • 2018-10-29; New LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP) web server set up on a VirtualBox virtual machine (VM).
  • 2018-10-18; New Windows 10 PC set up as main computing hardware for the version 2 project.
  • 2018-10-20; Two Davis Vantage Pro2 weather stations serviced; one used to keep the other going. Unit 2 re-instated for Winter-Spring 2018-2019 but will have to be replaced next Spring.