What is Woking Weather?

Woking Weather is a website driven by an automatic weather station located in the garden of a house in Knaphill, a suburb of Woking in Surrey, UK.

The weather station records temperature, humidity, wind speed & direction, rainfall, rain rate, solar radiation & ultra violet radiation, and barometic pressure. It calculates cloud cover, altitude of cloud base, wind chill, heat index, evapotranspiration, dewpoint, moon phase, sun rise, sun set, and provides a short-term local forecast based on the conditions it is measuring, its location and altitude.

The weather station sends its data to a web server that provides an animated view of the data updated every 4 seconds.

Why

The owner of Woking Weather has always had an interest in meterology and wanted to see how the conditions in Woking varied to that of the forecasts by the Met Office and the BBC. He was also keen to observe trends, e.g. typical rainfal, temperature, wind direction, humidity, solar & UV radiation for each month. How these varied year on year. What was the hottest day and what temperature did it achieve.

History

June 2007: Weather station installed.

July 2007: Website went online.

April 2008: Started sending data to WeatherUnderground at 5 minute intervals.

July 2008: a Solar sensor was installed.

August 2009: a UV sensor was installed.

January 2010: a webcam was installed to show realtime images of the sky. WeatherUnderground was updated to take the webcam images and produce 24-hour time-lapse videos every day.

July 2010: Started sending data to the Citizen Weather Observer Program, PWS Weather, and Twitter. Another view of the CWOP data can be found here .

August 2010: Dedicated website setup at www.wokingweather.co.uk

November 2011: Station moved to new location in Knaphill as the owner moved house.

Equipment

The weather station is a Davis Vantage Pro 2 wireless model with Davis Solar and UV radiation sensors. A Davis WeatherLink IP data logger is installed in the console. WeatherDisplay32 runs on a PC and retrieves the data at 2.5s intervals from the data logger over the network and writes the data to a local database and a webserver which also runs WeatherDisplay Live. The webcam is an Axis 211.

The Vantage Pro 2 and Daytime Fan Kit were purchased from Weather Shop in East Sussex, who have been extremely helpful and can’t be recommended more.

Future Plans

Installation of WXSIM forecasting software.

More Information

Get more detailed information on the data quality, equipment, setup and websites the data is sent to.

About Woking

See the wikipedia page on Woking, and the local community website, The Knaphillian for current happenings.

About This Website

This site is a template design by CarterLake.org with PHP conversion by Saratoga-Weather.org.
Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather for his work on the original Carterlake templates, and his design for the common website PHP management.
Special thanks to Mike Challis of Long Beach WA for his wind-rose generator, Theme Switcher and CSS styling help with these templates.
Special thanks go to Ken True of Saratoga-Weather.org for the AJAX conditions display, dashboard and integration of the TNET Weather common PHP site design for this site.

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