Bird Spikes added to Davis VP2 Rain Gauge

07 June, 2018

I finally got a small "deposit" from our fine feathered friends, so I decided it was time to add the bird spikes. This required relocating the Solar and UV sensors such that the spikes don't cast shadows on these sensors. Consequently the ISS sensors were unplugged while working on this and there was some erroneous temperature, dew point (hum), Solar and UV readings this morning. Rain gauge was not affected because I unplugged it prior to the maintenance.



Total storm snow amounts

17 April, 2018

With the high winds over the weekend, getting a good average depth was almost impossible due to my small yard and proximity of buildings. The wind velocity is amplified as it passes around and between garages and houses. Some areas were scoured bare, others have 36"+ drifts as of today.

Average depths are about 10.5".

See the data for my station MI-PI-1 over the last few days and please view the comments for a better understanding.

Some local reports seem to be exaggerating the amounts, but I don't know what the situation is in other areas in the County.



Significant rain and wind report

24 October, 2017

CW4114 (this station) reported at wind gust of 37 MPH at 7:01 AM today. CoCoRaHS observation (manual rain gauge) was 2.85" for the 24 hour period ending at 8AM this morning. Storm total is 3.92". NovaLynx TBR indicated 3.18" for 24hrs, 4.36" total. There are significant wind eddies that cause variation of rain catch in my yard.

NovaLynx gauge did not record rain today - counts are from testing afterwards.

17 September, 2017

Although we had significant rain this afternoon, the NovaLynx gauge did not record anything during the storm. I tried pouring water through and it seems to be working again. Don't know if it was blocked or something.

Lightning maps on

06 September, 2017

I noticed that the custom lightning maps were not updating all day yesterday and continuing this morning.

At first the maps would not increment the top bar times. I got it working for a while, then the strikes.txt went to zero file length and all the strikes after a point disappeared.

Thanks to Ken True of Saratoga-Weather who pointed out a server change. I updated the appropriate scripts and is seems to be OK now.

Sorry for any inconvenience, this was due to a change at The files that build the maps are now served from



Bad rain counts again

18 July, 2017

I am just going to stick with the Davis rain for uploads. Meteohub is OK and NovaLynx counts are good on associated data.

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