September 23, 2020

DOWNTIME: Installing new Sensors

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 12:09 PM PDT Wednesday 23 September 2020

    Forecast Issued 7:26 PM PDT Wednesday 23 September 2020 - Wednesday night: Showers at times heavy with risk of a thunderstorm. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Windy this evening. Low 12. Thursday: Showers with risk of a thunderstorm. Amount 10 to 15 mm. High 16. UV index 1 or low. Thursday night: Cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early in the evening. Rain beginning in the evening. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Low 11. Friday: Showers. Windy. High 18. Friday night: Rain. Low 10. Saturday: Periods of rain. High 20. Saturday night: Rain. Low 11. Sunday: Rain. High 17. Sunday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Monday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 18. Monday night: Cloudy periods. Low 11. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 21.

Now that the temperature has peaked, I’m going to be taking the system down for the next few hours. Will be back hopefully tonight with UV and Solar Radiation sensors online.

Wish Me Luck!

UPDATE 19:17: All is going well so far. The station is down from its previous perch, the cables are all in place and I’ve added the sensors to the mount. Unfortunately, I’ve been delayed by a sudden death in the family. One of my 4 year old daughters fish just passed away (after only 3 days from the store). So I may or may not be able to finish tonight, we’ll see. I will update again if there is a delay until tomorrow.

UPDATE TWO 20:54: Success! Everything is back on the roof in its new spot. Looks like the station is seeing the new sensors, and I’m just going about updating the webpage for the new values.

There might be a little more downtime tomorrow as I need to double check the level on the mounts but other than that it looks good!

FINAL UPDATE: 22:46: Just want to let everyone know. These new sensors add a whole mess of capability (that I won’t be using all of yet) onto the station, and website. Because of that, my entire database serving the graphs and all non-current values has to be reinitialized.

This basically means that the graphs are not going to change until the new database is ready and I can switch over to it. We’re talking about 3 years of data, and over 100,000 records need to be recreated, so it’s gonna take a few hours, hopefully it will be done by morning but if not, current conditions will not be affected.

See you tomorrow!

Chris