- Major Underground Weather changes have resulted
in loss of many of the imbedded and dynamic
links in the Fishersville Weather website.
Where possible, an external links have
the imbedded ones. Doing this has made
maintenance more difficult. Possibly, the
current website will simply direct users
to the Underground Weather site. This is
what is displayed when you click on the
Detailed Forecast link. CLICK HERE to go there now. The downside is that private
links are not included. For example, Snow data. Let's see how it goes.
- Repeated attempts to upgrade the station's
Win7 controller to Win10 have failed. The
Win10 upgrade has now been abondoned; reverting
back to Win7.
- Snow melt liquid, as measured from core samples,
was applied to rainfall on 1/22/15. Doing
this will results in the rainfall totals
more accurately representing the amount of
moisture actually received. Note that sometimes
a small of rainfall is recorded by the rainfall
sensor dues to snow melting over it. We try
to cover the sensor prior to a snowfall,
but not always in time. The manually added
rainfall takes under consideration the sensor
amount so that the total remains accurate.
- Temp / humidity sensor failing. No time to
fix. Brought down the entire station. Will
fix when we get back on Sunday afternoon.
- 7/12/15 15:30 - replaced sensor batteries.. still not
working. Resync both sensor and sation and
seemed to be working for now. Have to keep
close watch. Station back on line.
- Windows 7 auto updates locked up the control
PC, including USB, which then locked up the
weather station hardware. Had to disconnect
and reset the station after manually processing
all the windows updates. Yearlyl rainfall
was updated and all back on line around 18:20.
- The Undersgroud Weather FTP data feed has
been fixed. '5 Day Forecast', 'Records and
Normals', and 'Local Weather ExchangeŽ Network'
should now be working.
- Yes, I know that there's a problem with the
'5 Day Forecast', 'Records and Normals',
and 'Local Weather ExchangeŽ Network' data.
The problem started last Thursday and is
with the Underground Weather server and not
on my end. It's been turned on and being
looked at. buy both Ambient Software and
Underground Weather. For now.. or perhaps
for the time being, CLICK HERE, to get the Fishersville Station forecast
and data. This will open in a new window
or tab. Note this link now replaces the old
'Rapid Fire' link that has now been raplaced
with 'PWS Dashboard'.
- Migrated the Virtual Weather Station control
program from an old WinXP 800meg with 512Ram
laptop to a Win7 Acer Revo PC with an 1.8G
processor and 2G of memory. Still old, but
way better. Went off without a hitch. Time
- Our service provider tells us that there's
a problem with our server and they need to
remove some scraper bots. No idea what that
means, but it's major and will take hours
to do. Hopefully, all will be back on-line
by 9am this morning.
- Undergoing WinXP updates followed by local
patches to remove 'not supported' messages.
This will take some time and is all in preparation
for dropping of WinXP support set for 4/8.
Doing it today as the station will not track
some data during the outage and today is
perfect which will minimize impact.
- Updated VWS control software to version 15.00p01.
No obvious changes will be noticed. Perhaps
this will fix a few of the rain related problems
with the database.
- Station hardware hangup at 1/10/14 21:10
resulting in failure to run daily report
and data sums. Restarted 1/11/14 7:12 as
well as corrected daily and overall data.
However, 1/10 report will not be corrected
at this time. Fixed some of the reports around
2pm. Website looks fine now. This is a problem
with my Oregon Scientific station and it's
getting worse. The issue is that the USB
communication quits and cannot be restored
without a full reset of the station which
results in loss of all saved data. The data
is easily corrected via a couple of program
settings but when the hang is not fixed before
end of day processing it's very difficult
to fix later. This is what happened this
- Problem with the temp / humidity sensor.
Changed battery; not fixed. Will reset all
around 18:00. Doing this will result in incorrect
high temp and will have to correct later
in the database to the actually for today
- Wind instrumentation battery died around
10pm last night. Fixed it this morning.
- Local Radar changed to the latest WonderMap.
- Forecast model app failed on 3/17. Several
atempts to restart have also failed. The
result is that the forecast data is stuck
back on the 17th.
- Model back in operation around 14:10.
- Daily rain stated as 0.09" but is really
0.00". The error was accidentially introduced
when changing the rain gauge batteries and
lubricatng the tipping bucket bearings. Also
noted is that the total yearly rainfall in
the Yearly and Montly summary reports is
not correct. This was probably due to the
'stuck' rain gauge during the heavy rainfall
- Station lockup at 04:38. Rebooted at 06:40.
Rain data sill be recovered/
- Wind guages frozzen due to ice / sleet on
7/26. Will just wait until they melt.
- Back on line. The USB com link hung last
week when I was away.. ironically, on a trip
sponsored by WHSV. Anyway, I fixed it just
after we got in from the airport today. Sorry...
- All sorts of problems with the station. Mostly,
the fact the our power was out which prevented
updates to the website and Weather Underground.
Power went out at 9:37pm on 6/29 and came
back on at 9:21 6/30; a full 24 hour outage.
Also, the heat (sun) shield somehow dissappeared
from the station's temp sensor during the
estimated 70mph 'microburst like' wind. So,
the moreing temp today will show hotter than
it actually is. I'll get another shield in
place later today to fix that. Also note
that Undergroun Weather filters uploaded
data and live data based the surrounding
area data. No passing the filter removes
the offending data the station from their
PWS list. The widespread power outage we
have made a total mess of their filter process.
All seems ok now; at least for my station.
Well, the missing shield my get us removed
again until it's fixed.
- One again the station communication died.
This time sometime late last night which
messed up the monthly reports. I fixed up
some stuff, but it's no longer worth the
effort to go back and fix all the old data
as it's simply too time consuming. Oh well...
- A Major problem with the weather station
yesterday, 12/27 at 17:45. has brought everything
down. Tried lots of things but nothing worked
so all was reset today at 16:30. This also
means lost data and odd settings. Some data
was mnually set. The hardest to fix is rainfall.
As of now the December total is 4.02 and
the yearly total is 42.39. The big barametric
dip on the 27th - 28th was due to reset of
the altitude at the station and not actual
'major' falling pressure.
- Problem with UPS system discovered during
a power failure yesterday evening. System
battery calibration started at 7:50am this
morning. So far, it looks as though the battery
is 'dead'. The system should be brought back
on-line around 2pm.
- Total communications failure around 23:10hrs
last night. The entire system had to be reset
around 09:30hrs today resulting in some data
loss. No data recovery is planned.
- My tipping bucket automated rain guage did
not record our overnight rain. Of course,
the only time we know it's not working is
when it rains. Anyway, it turn out that a
huge spider was in there along with his web
that gummed it all up. He must have hatched
in there as there are no openings in the
guage even close to large enough for him
to get in.. or out, in this case. But it's
fixed now. The database is being adjusted
to match my backup standalone guage, which
shows 1.25". The data will be split
between today and yesterday based on the
ratio from another close by guage.
- Weather station USB communication hung on
5/20 @ 16:15 which halted all time based
data; that's mostly everything. Unfortunatly,
I was away in Virginia Beach until today.
The fix required a total reset that lost
additional data and some settings. Lost data
will not be replaced.
- Rapid Fire was stuck at 10am or so. Restarted
VWS station control and is now working. It's
a good idea to compare the refresh time in
the upper right of Rapid Fire to the Station
Time along the bottom of the Wind Interval
chart before 'trusting' the data.
- Problems developed with the wireless temperature
guage after it was moved to better protect
it from the sun. Nearly overhead sun at this
time of the year 'inflates' readings at some
times. However, the best place to mount the
guage is apparently beyond the reach of the
wireless signal. It's been moved back to
the original location for now. We'll see
aboput building a sun shield over the guage
sometime this week.
- Automated rain guage failure. Manually adjusted
rain to match standard guage. Later found
that a spider had built a web inside the
automated guage causing the tipping bucket
to stick midway. This stopped measurement
as well as discarged the battery. Repaired
- Added NOAA Radio link to "Other Weather Links" page.
- The batteries on the wind guage dies overnight.
Light rain out there now and snow is forecast
to start later so I'll have to get to replacing
them as soon as it gets light enough outside.
I've set 9am as the time to have that done.
If that does not happen I'll post another
news item. Otherwise, assume it's done by
- Station locked up around 9pm last night resulting
in out of sync and incorrect data after reset.
I think I've corrected the most important
data. Please advise via the "Website
Feedback" link at the bottom of the
site page if something you use seems to still
be in error. <Jack>
- Corrected the total (annual) rainfall. The
offset was lost when a station reset was
done to fix the USB problem of 10/9.
- Corrected the barometer altitude offset.
The offset of 410m was lost when a station
reset was done to fix the USB problem of
- USB communication between the WMR100N station
and PC resulted in lost data between 10/8
23:51 and 10/9 10:04. This is not considered
worth recovering as the Fishersville Weather
Station is mostly used for current data.
Note that some reports will be messed up
due to the problem.
- Changed the 'radar' link to open in the same
'new' window as 'Rapid fire'.
Today's fixes and updates...
- Fixed the "Normal Rain, month to date:"
problem. This was actually getting the data
correctly from the SHD database but they
have a database problem on their end so I
switched it to the CHO database. Who knew...
- Put a Latest News" link at the top of
the Main page to make it easy to see when
this news was last updated.
- Added a "[back to Fishersville Weather]" link to this news page.
Yearly rainfall has been patched to reflect
the correct amount. An attampt was made to
go back and update the database for those
days (about a month) when the station was
off-line. Doing this has proved tedious.
So, in the meantime, a patch was done with
Minor fixes and updates...
- Fixed broadcast link and changed it to "Current
- Point local radar at Blacksburg FCX doppler
to better view prevailing conditions.
- Pre-Zoom radar to 4x centerd over Fishersville.
Remaining website links have now been updated
on the new server. Note that the Help page
exists but does not reflect this release
and has been left available in the event
is may provide useful information. It will
be updated for this release sometime in the
future. Please use the "Feedback"
link at the bottom of the home page to report
any broken links or comments.
For those of you who were not aware, my old
weather station was damaged beyond repair
over a month ago from a 'close by' lightning
strike. After several attempts to get
it running again I gave up and ordered a
new Oregon Scientific WMR100N station from
my friends at Ambient Weather. Although
I've had it mostly up since last Tuesday,
the 15th, it was still running with my old
control software. As of 10am this morning,
it's officially running with the latest control
software and on a new web server. If
all went well, the website looks the same.
But you may have some old bookmarks that
no longer work. Please use only the
web address below to access my Fishersville
Fishersville Weather Station: http://weather.fishersville.net/
There are a few links on the website that
still need to be changed or repaired.
I'll get to them over the next several days.
I am also looking looking at moving away
from Underground Weather for 'history' and
'rapid fire' to Weather Bug. Stay tuned
for more as that project gets underway.
||I've ordered another workstation. We're talking
low end Oregon Scientific WMR100N which will
work with my existing control software and
database. I expect it to be delivered as
early as Monday 6/14.
||The good news is that USB to serial adapter
came. The bad news is that the station still
does not communicate. So it's clear that
the problem is with the weather station and
not the control PC. The station is then officially
dead. I'll see if I can justify the expense
of getting a new station. I'm told perhaps
I could find a refurbished one for under
$200. If I do not get another station I'll
probably stop maintaining this and any related
website as well... thus no more rain or snow
data either. Got to think about it... check
||Parts for the station control PC have yet
to show up. My faith in eBay is lacking a
bit. Maybe tomorrow.. maybe next week. On
the other hand it's 50/50 at best if this
will fix the station communication. If not,
perhaps some of you can contibute a new station
which I'll set up and manage like I've been
doing. When I finally quit managing it the
donors can be put in a drawing based on their
donated % to get the station.
||Still awaiting parts for the station control
||Moved the "Rain Guage" table to
above the news table to keep track of my
rain guage readings.
||Another attempt to bring up the weather station
has failed. Will not try again until the
USB to COM port converter arrives.
||Wow.. several of you were using the radar
and other weather links on the Fishersville
Weather page. So, for those of you who need the station page,
you can get to it by clicking HERE. Please realize that the station is down so the actual weather data is not correct.
After several days of tinkering with the
old PC that serves as my weather station
controller I managed to get it mostly working
again. The likely problem was PC disk
drive controller which took out the primary
hard drive's boot sector. In
the end, I was able to fix backup drive,
install WinXP, and restore some of the lost
data.. all without any cost.. so far.
The website is now up again, but without
the historical data as that requires programs
I'm not wanting to install and maintain.
On the up-side, I upgraded the control program
to support a direct connection to my server
via Underground Weather. That link is on the left of the website
and called "Rapid Fire". Rapid fire requires that you
have Adobe's Flash player installed; most
Windows systems and browsers already have
it. If it works for you, and my weather
station stays up, you'll have a view of my
current data refreshed about every 10 seconds
or so. Feel free to bookmark a link
to "Rapid Fire".
Fishersville weather: http://weather.fishersville.net/
- Historical data and links "Reports and
- Rapid Fire link added to main page.
- Monthly and Yearly Summary reports
moved to main page. These are right
off my station so snow data cannot be combined
with rain to show moisture.
- SHD and CHO metar link on main page.
- Local Weather Exchange links (page bottom)
expanded to include many more stations.
- Rain tipping bucket not heated which will
mess up data in freezing weather.
- Anemometer has a bad mercury sensor which
sometimes results in very high, incorrect,
- Some old bookmarks and now invalid. All bookmarks
except "http://weather.fishersville.net/" will soon be invalid. The server
will move from nTelos to a private server.
For those of you who were using links on
my weather site I've put some of those right
below. Isuppose I can create another front
page with these and other weather related
links. But for now, this is it...
Well, repeated attempts to get the weather
station controller going have failed due
to a hardware problem with the hard drive
controller. This computer is a very old IBM
Aptiva that's been in constant 24/7 service
since 1998. And even older is my WM-918 Oregon
Scientific weather station. So, unless some
funding shows up to replace all this, it's
time to say good-by to the Fishersville Weather
I'll leave this page here for a while so
y'all know what's happened. If you had bookmarked
some of the other site pages those will also
stay around for a while, but obviously will
not update anymore.
The Fishersville weather station controller
experienced a major hard drive failure on
11/14/2009 at 6:30am. Unfortunately, attempts
to recover the disk have also failed resulting
in data loss back to the last backup on 11/11/2009.
Due to the very old weather station hardware
this might be the right time to retire it
from further service.
When a decision has been reached as to what
to do it will be posted here.