December 5, 2020

New Server Means New Things Coming!

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 4:00 PM PST Friday 04 December 2020 - Friday night: Cloudy. Fog patches developing near midnight. Low minus 1. Saturday: Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. Fog patches dissipating early in the afternoon. High 7. UV index 1 or low. Saturday night: Becoming cloudy in the evening then rain. Temperature steady near plus 4. Sunday: Rain. High 6. Sunday night: Periods of rain. Low plus 5. Monday: Rain. High 7. Monday night: Rain. Low plus 5. Tuesday: Periods of rain. High 8. Tuesday night: Periods of rain. Low plus 4. Wednesday: Cloudy. High 8. Wednesday night: Cloudy. Low plus 2. Thursday: Cloudy. High 7.

For the first time in 5 years, the wview server that connects to my weather station is running on a different machine! I’ve migrated it to a new 8 core Mac Mini with lots of RAM and bigger hard drive.

Image Copyright Apple Computer 2013
Image Copyright Apple Computer 2013

It’s not going to mean much difference for the weather data, though the database is now over 200MB with over 6 years of data in it, but it’s going to make a HUGE difference making the webcam timelapses. The old mini just couldn’t handle them and would often die half way through a movie. This one handles them without a hitch.

The old mini isn’t going to waste anytime soon though. It is still going to be the main webcam capture device. It can handle single images quite nicely and do double duty as a Windows virtual machine to handle the special SebecTec webcam software.

Now that the backend is happier, I can start adding some more features onto the website. Oh my, things are moving right along now! 🙂

And it’s going to be sunny on Sunday to boot! Woot! Now… to BED!