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The weather station at Woodchuck Central is a wireless, fan aspirated Davis Vantage Pro2 . “Wireless” means that the station transmits all its data to a monitor located inside the house. Fan aspirated means that a small fan continuously passes fresh air past the sensors located inside the station. The station is solar powered, but also has a backup battery .
The display monitor is located in the office and is connected to an old Dell Laptop computer, running 24/7. It runs a program called Virtual Weather Station (from Ambient) which generates the Woodchuck Central banner as well as the gauges and graphs that you see on this website. The same software also uploads its data to the Weather Underground, an internet site that collects and displays weather information from personal weather stations all over the world.
Ideally, the anemometer (wind gauge) should be placed at the very top of the roof, but the condo association did not want me getting up on the roof. I was grateful that they allowed me to put it up at all. At least in this location, it’s easier to get to, if I need to make adjustments.
The Webcam is an Axis 207 MW wireless, high resolution camera, mounted outside on the same deck as the weather station. I keep it covered with a plastic baggie with a cutout for the lens. In the winter, I encase the camera in a foam housing with a glass front. The heat from the camera is enough to keep it running down to about 0 deg F.