Weather Underground Archives - Dyacon

In the Wild

  • April 26, 2016

The following is a selection of Dyacon weather stations operating in different conditions and filling different roles. If you have installed a Dyacon weather station, please send us a picture, we’d love to add it to our gallery.

STS Helicopter Services Weather Station

STS VIP Helicopter Services

STS is a charter helicopter company in Texas, US and was one of the early users.

As can be seen from the Weather Underground page, the station operates in a high humidity environment.

With access to a machine shop, STS fabricated a beautiful and unique weather station tower near their landing pad. All of the cables are neatly routed through the welded pipe; making a very tidy installation.

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Dyacon Station at Beaver Dam Wash Reserve

Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area

Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area is a high mountain desert site located in the extreme south-west corner of Utah. The Dyacon station is on a USDA-ARS research plot.

The site sees a broad range of temperature conditions, blowing sand, and high winds. Due to the loose sand and rock, rather than just stake the tripod, the users installed the station using concrete post bases and J-bolts.

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Cherry Peak Weather Station Mounted

Cherry Peak Ski Resort

The Cherry Peak weather station is mounted on a light pole about mid-slope. The station is fully autonomous and functional on solar power, even though it is completely shaded during the winter.

The weather station provides wind conditions for chair lift operation and wet-bulb temperature for snow-making. It can be accessed by resort staff using a simple text message.

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Weather Underground Weather Station

Weather Underground

The Dyacon MS-150 weather station is mounted on the roof of the Weather Underground headquarters building in downtown San Francisco. It was easy to setup since no power or data connections were required.

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TW Daniels Forest

At the top of the beautiful Cache National Forest above Logan, UT is a little plot reserved for forest and hydrology research. The Dyacon tripod is staked to the ground and configured with double-length legs to keep the controller out of the snow and to stress of the tripod construction. The location sees continuous winds, which blow from nearly the same direction as well as frequent gusts up to 60 mph.

The consistent wind direction could cause abnormal potentiometer wear on most wind direction sensor, but Dyacon WSD-1 uses a non-contact angular sensor.

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Mammoth Water District

In order to monitor hydrological conditions, a water district in California installed a Dyacon weather station with heated rain gauge at a mountain well site.

The heater in the rain gauge turns on only when needed.

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Grand Canyon Weather Station

Sundance Helicopters in Grand Canyon

Sundance Helicopters flies tourists from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon for picnics next to the Colorado river. Due to the distance from the Las Vegas base, weather conditions can be dramatically different. Rather than run exploration flights to check conditions, the Dyacon station provides real-time weather data that saves the company money and reduces risk.

The user staked the weather station in sandy and rocky soil near the landing zone. Due to the location in the bottom the canyon, the cell phone signal strength is very low, but transmits Weather Underground data, text messages, and receives over-the-air firmware updates.

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Community Airport

Small airports are often only served by a wind sock, which are hard to see when you’re flying back into town. Dyacon weather stations can provide advisory information through text message and Weather Underground.

The Preston, ID airport station is installed in sandy soil using stakes to secure the tripod. The weather station uses a rain gauge, pyranometer, and soil temperature sensor which serve as a reference for the rural agricultural area. The station uploads to WeatherUnderground and MesoWest.

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Weather Underground Introduction

  • August 20, 2014

What is Weather Underground?

Weather Underground is a web portal for private weather stations and commercial weather services, aggregating over 34,000 weather stations throughout the world. Your own Dyacon weather station can contribute to a community of weather observers and high-quality forecasting.

Basic Weather Underground accounts are free, and no ongoing contracts or service fees are required.

Where’s the Data?

Instrument measurements are uploaded directly from Dyacon MS-100 weather stations to your own Weather Underground account, producing specific local weather data.

Although these raw data can be downloaded for archiving and analysis (an exciting prospect for weather geeks), data are presented in chart format for clear and simple information communication.

Weather Underground Data Charts

Additional charts showing precipitation, barometric pressure, and solar radiation are shown on the Weather Underground site.

The above charts can be set to show data over daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly periods, helping you to identify long-term trends. A custom period can also be configured.

Do I Need to Hire a Programmer?

Some weather stations use complicated data loggers that require custom programming or special computer utilities to either configure the station or re-transmit the data to Weather Underground.

Dyacon MS-100 weather stations transmit the data autonomously, requiring no wires, no software, no programming, no CDs, and no special cables. All that is required is for you, the user, to create a Weather Underground account and enter your assigned station ID into the weather station control module.

(Note: If your Weather Underground account is created by the time you place your Dyacon order, we will enter the station ID for you.)

Multiple Stations

Some users may need a network of weather stations to cover their operation, but only one account is required. Additional weather stations may be added under this account.

Dyacon operates several weather stations for demonstration, testing, and temporary event support.

Station locations, titles, and status messages can all be configured separately.

My Weather Data on My Website

Hotels and resorts may be interested in bragging about the current beautiful weather conditions directly on their website.

Community service organizations, farmer associations, and road maintenance departments are also applications that may want to include specific (local) weather station data directly on their websites. Weather Underground provides several means to do this, including the following:

Stickers: In the above images, you can see a “Get Weather Sticker” link. Several bits of code can be copied and pasted to your website to provide a flash image of the weather conditions. Anyone running a blog can easily add this to their posts or introduction page.

API: More sophisticated developers can use the Weather Underground API to request specific parameters and add this to their web page in a format that matches their design.

Custom: For large commercial users and integrators, Dyacon can send data directly to the customer’s server.

I Want an App

Users with a Weather Underground account can also take advantage of Weather Underground apps for Apple, Android, Kindle, and even Roku.

Dyacon Private Weather Stations Page

You can find several examples of operating weather stations on the Dyacon Private Weather Stations page.

Additionally, Dyacon MS-100 weather stations can send SMS text message weather reports directly to your phone. This method ensures universal compatibility, low cost, and the best geographic coverage.

Is This Serious Data?

Is The Weather Channel serious about weather? Absolutely. The Weather Channel is also the owner of Weather Underground.

The quality of your own weather station data is dependent upon the grade of instrument purchased. Dyacon instruments are manufactured in the USA, using high-end sensing elements.

Additionally, Weather Underground employs quality verification algorithms to ensure that the data used for their forecasting models are accurate. Weather stations with bad parameters are eliminated from the pool. (Note: Read more about the data at the following link: http://www.wunderground.com/about/data.asp.)

For weather forecasting, the number of data points and the trends are important for accuracy and reliability. The high number of contributing stations in the Weather Underground network allows for accurate forecasting, especially when combined with the radar and satellite resources of The Weather Channel.

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Weather Underground PWS Upload

  • June 19, 2014

Getting your weather data where you need it, when you need it is a priority for many private weather station users. Several Dyacon banner images feature a text message weather report, the advantages of which I will write about in another post. However, when you have a large number of users, a web interface is preferred.

Dyacon MS-130, MS-140, and MS-150 weather stations have an integrated cell phone. Using a low-cost data plan, these units are capable of not only sending SMS text message reports to your phone, but they can also upload data to your own Weather Underground account. Data from the Newton South Dyacon weather station is available at http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=KUTNEWTO2#history. Below is a sample of the Weather Underground history page.

Weather Underground Graphic Weather Data

Newton South – Dyacon.com Weather Underground Weather Data

The Dyacon Newton South weather station represents the MS-150 configuration. It includes the following:

  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction
  • Air temperature
  • Barometric pressure
  • Relative humidity
  • Solar sensor
  • Soil temperature
  • Rain gauge
  • Solar power
  • Cell phone
  • Data logger
  • Lightning detection
  • GPS receiver (future option)
Weather Underground Compatible Dyacon Newton South Weather Station

Weather Underground Compatible    Newton South Weather Station

Several of our stations are visible on the Dyacon Weather Stations page.
 

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