Tue. Aug 21st, 2018

New Station site in time for hot weather!

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT IN EFFECT
    Issued: 11:44 AM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PDT Tuesday 21 August 2018 - Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Widespread smoke. High 32. Humidex 34. UV index 8 or very high. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Low 12. Wednesday: A mix of sun and cloud. Widespread smoke becoming local smoke near noon. High 31. Humidex 34. UV index 7 or high. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low 12. Thursday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 23. Thursday night: Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 22. Friday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 12. Saturday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 20. Saturday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 13. Sunday: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. High 18. Sunday night: Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 11. Monday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 20.

  • Current Conditions
    31.6° C
    3.4 ° C/hr
    101.6 kPa
    WSW 0.4 km/h
    gusting 3.2 km/h
    28 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    31.6° C
    Heat Index
    31.6° C
    10.9° C
    694 W/m2
    Last Updated: 14:25:00 PDT
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  • Day Almanac
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    Civil Rise
    Moon Phase
    Waxing gibbous (82% full)
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    Day Length
    Day High
    31.7° C @ 14:20 Tdy.
    Day Low
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    Day High Barometer
    101.91 kPa @ 08:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    101.6 kPa @ 14:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    11.6° C @ 06:16 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    31.7° C @ 14:20 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 3.4km/h @ 13:15 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    705W/m2 @ 14:18 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    2.7 @ 13:01 Tdy.

So a few weeks ago I had a discussion with Ed Weibe down at UVic about where how my weather station was installed on my house. They weren’t happy. It was too close and while I felt it was not producing overly heated daytime temps, they disagreed. As they are the ones with the Dr. in front of their names, I conceded to their wisdom. 🙂

So tonight you’ll notice a few weird values. It’s from me moving the station around… inserts some random numbers for some reason so just ignore them, they’ll go away within 24hrs if I don’t remove them first. Update: The offending values have been removed.

The upshot is that my station is now placed no less than 1 metre above the peak of my house, and 2 metres above the nearest flat asphalt surface.

The UVic folks wanted me to be at least 1 metre away from any surfaces, so this should more than satisfy them and it should mean that temperature values from my station will be as good as they can possibly be.

Looking forward to that 30 degree weather for Thursday and Friday! I’m on vacation, Summer is Here! Woooo!

13 thoughts on “New Station site in time for hot weather!

  1. I’m surprised they are even allowing that. (Near surfaces) I’ve tried to get my temp sensor as far from any surface that may store/expel heat during the day. Ideally I’d like to be about 30 feet from the house in the back yard 4′ above ground, but I don’t have enough real estate.

  2. It’ll be interesting to see if there is any change in the difference between your temperatures and Environment Canada’s. During the last heat wave I noticed that your site tended to record the highest of all the local sites, so this might even them out a bit.. or not- we’ll see.

  3. Nick: Ya if you look at their pictures of their stations like here:

    they’re all pretty identical. About 1-2 metres off the surface. Ed said the that’s far enough to be removed from the boundary layer of the building.

    Hey btw Nick. what was your highest temp during our heat wave in June?

    Bill: I will be watching very closely as well. I am generally 2-3C warmer than the EC station at the Airport, so if that trend changes, we’ll know that the new site is the culprit.

  4. Interesting. This is something I have been meaning to mention to you. I would think that anyplace directly above your house would be affected by it’s heat island & associated warm updraft. Perhaps the best place would be on a 1.5m bracket, sticking out from the side of the roof peak. Let me know if you need a bracket fabricated…I’ll supply the labor free, because I use your stations info so much.

  5. Though I guess it’s not really a valid comparison anyway… I really wish i got the wireless version of this station, then i could get a 2nd set of temp/humid sensors and put them down in the yard.

  6. I had an inexpensive station, which was wireless, but I put it back in the box after spending a fortune on batteries for a few months and being frustrated with interference causing false readings. I had a heck of a time finding good locations for the sending units. It could be cause it was a cheap one though…

  7. Looks like we are getting those toasty warm northerly winds again. Glad I fired up the A/C already to try and keep the house somewhat cool.

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