|Latitude:||56° 27.42' N|
|Longitude:||003° 00.96' E|
|Station uptime:||299 days, 18 hours, 58 minutes|
|Server uptime:||299 days, 18 hours, 33 minutes|
The original Dundee West End Weatherstation was established in 2002 using a Davis Vantage Pro and collected weather data reliably (mostly) until early 2017 when it was updated with a new Davis Vantage Pro2.
The old weather site was managed by Davis Weatherlink software running on a low energy PC and Windows XP. This new site is running off a Raspberry PI and the excellent open source weewx software with the Bootstrap skin. The Bootstrap skin allows the site to work nicely on most devices, but also includes dials for current conditions.
You can see an alternative view of the weather data. This view is less friendly to mobile devices but includes additional information such as an Almanac.
Geoff Barton established and maintains the weatherstation. He has a day job as well... The Dundee weatherstation has received some press attention over the years and data from it have been used in several local research projects about renewable energy.
A highlight in 2013 was a 3 minute feature on the BBC2 Programme Landward following an interview with BBC weather presenter Judith Ralston . Some still photos from that day give an idea of what was involved!
This website summarises weather data logged by a weather station using the polished and highly customisable Weewx software (version 3.6.2). Weewx downloads a data record from the weatherstation every 5 minutes and stores it in an archive database. It also creates all the graphs and webpages which are uploaded to the website every 5 minutes.
This website uses a custom skin which uses Bootstrap to deal with most of the layout and presentation. The gauges and the history tables are generated by Python scripts which hook into Weewx.
The code for gauge rendering (gaugeengine.py) and history table generation (historygenerator.py) can be found on github: github.com/brewster76/fuzzy-archer
The easiest way to install this skin is to download the source archive from GitHub: releases, and use the Weewx installer to unpack it:
setup.py --extension --install [wherever you've put the archive]
Set the page title and footer through the
[BootstrapLabels] section in
skins/Bootstrap/skin.conf. Change the template language using the [Language] section in