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Announcements / New Network Map
« Last post by Budgie on August 01, 2016, 08:31:53 PM »

There is a new UK Weather Network map available for you to download and use on your websites.
This was created by Ken True, who constructed the website template we use on the network, and uses Google Maps instead of a map I have to create & edit each time a new station joins.
Have a look at the UKWN home page to see the new map in action.

You can download the map script direct from Ken's own website at:

Here's what he wrote about it on the Weather-Watch Forum:
It's been about 10 years since the first regional weather network (Southwestern) offered a mesonet map with rotating conditions display. Now with 39 active regional networks, it was time for an update to the display software that makes it easier on both member stations and the regional admins to display and maintain the mesonet maps.

I've just completed a V3.00 of the Regional Mesonet Map code (formerly [netID]-mesomap.php, now just mesonet-map.php or wxmesonetmap.php with my template ).  This could be completed only after I found a markerWithLabels that could work with markerClusterer in the maps.. that didn't exist until recently, and I'd been looking since 2014 for a good one.

This one code base is multilingual with built in mesonet-map-lang-LL.txt files and has settings in mesonet-map-settings.php. All the languages supported by the Regional networks are included.  It does produce only ISO-9959-n character codes (sorry.. had to do that for template compatibility).

As it's Google-based, it needs a Google Browser JavaScript Map API key (like the global-map.php code) which can be set in the mesonet-map-settings.php or a global $SITE['googleAPI'] key like the global-map.php.

I've put together some docs at and you can download the package from there.

Hopefully, it will make it easier for the regional network admins to maintain, as it's driven from the [netID]-stations-cc.txt and [netID]-conditions.txt files on each regional hub.  I think each hub-master will have to decide to use the new one in place of the original one for their network, but anybody can use the new mesonet-map.php on their website.

The master regional networks definition file is maintained on and the script fetches it every 6 hours normally.  The data and stations files are fetched every 5 minutes from the regional hub for that network for display.

My thanks to Wim (Leuven template), for the idea to use tabber.js to have easy toggling between map, conditions, station features, and regional networks links tabs -- it made the presentation much easier and compact.

For regional network member stations, you won't have to run the mesomap-update-utility.php to keep your map in sync with the regional hub for your network -- the software will ensure the display is always up-to-date.  Your network hub does not have to switch to the new map for you to use this map instead of the [netID]-mesomap.php on your site.
If your network hub does switch to this software, then you will need to use it too as the old map will no longer display accurately the conditions at station locations on the old graphic map.

For regional network admins, if you implement for your regional network, you can put '0,0,0,0' for the coordinates of new stations in the [netID]-stations-cc.txt file and just make sure the latitude/longitude is set correctly.
And, you won't need to use Paint.NET to edit the graphic any more.. just the one [netID]-stations-cc.txt file would need to be maintained in the same manner as before.  Please let me know if you decide to implement on your network to replace the original [netID]-mesomap.php, and also let your member stations know if you elect to switch the network to using the V3 software for maps.

Best regards,

I will add the download file to the UKWN server soon, but I'm giving it a week or two before I do that in case there are any updates Ken wants to add now it's gone live.

Members Introductions / Re: Hi from the English Rivera
« Last post by Budgie on December 16, 2014, 08:13:01 PM »
Hi Peter and welcome to the network.

I'm in the process of adding your site to the map at the moment and you'll get an email once it's on there.

There are plenty of "add-ons" to be had for a weather site and I'm sure someone will be able to assist, if needed, with any questions.

Members Introductions / Hi from the English Rivera
« Last post by Glendower on December 15, 2014, 06:37:14 PM »
Hi All

My name is Peter and my weather station is in Torquay. I moved here 18 years ago to run a B&B with my wife after we finished our service in the Army.

I served 25 years as an electronic Engineer in REME and my wife served 20 years as a nurse in the QARANC.

I have the Davis Vue and the website is I have had the station for nearly 2 years and bought it because I was fed up with my guests complaining about inaccurate weather forecasts.

I'm looking to build on the current website and add more information/functionality.

Members Introductions / Re: Hi from sunny? belfast by the sea
« Last post by Budgie on November 30, 2013, 10:55:20 AM »
Hi Mark and welcome to the forum.

I also have three webcams producing time lapse movies but I don't archive them, mainly because of the server space they take up.  ;D
Members Introductions / Hi from sunny? belfast by the sea
« Last post by ho66es on November 29, 2013, 01:14:55 PM »
Hi, my name is Mark and I have been running my weatherstation for a while now, sadly along the way a lot of historical data has vanished into the bit bucket as I migrated from cumulus on windows to pywws on linux and finally? weewx on Linux.

I have an interest in IT, weather, astronomy, music, walking   and whisk(e)y. I recently started to try to get weewx to work more interactively with weather sites and in the last week I have got it producing a cumulus compatible realtime.txt so thought why not join in here as well :)

About the only slightly? unusual thing I do with my weather site is to capture an image with my weather cam every minute and the server then generates a 24hr timelapse every day and these are all archived and available as are the images  back to 2010 for now.
Members Introductions / Re: Hi from Ian
« Last post by Budgie on June 17, 2013, 10:03:01 PM »
Hi Ian and welcome to the forum & network.

We all started with a little interest which has grown over time.
I started with a cheap LaCrosse station for general interest and only added the weather data to my photographic site a year or so later, when I installed Weather Display.

I slowly increased the kit to include 1-Wire lightning detector and solar sensor, a different anemometer as the original fell apart. Then, like you, I went for a VP2 and later got the solar & UV sensors from the U.S.
I now have all sorts of kit around here including Boltek lightning detector, earthquake sensor (not on my website), AIS for shipping, aircraft virtual radar...........................

So be careful if you want them kids to stay fed.  :D

As for the website, a hosted site isn't that much outlay really.
About 5 for the URL and 10 - 15 a year for the hosting.
Quite a few weather sites are hosted my eRice with GoDaddy for the URL. Then you can use the templates and a whole lot more if you want too.

There are plenty of people on here who have done the same thing so you won't be short of help if it's needed.  ;D

Members Introductions / Hi from Ian
« Last post by Spider on June 17, 2013, 05:43:23 AM »
Hi All,

I'm Ian and live in the fenland town of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, I moved here some 7 years ago, before that I'd never heard of it!, in my last house I had a wind speed and direction indicator out of general interest, I did try and reinstall it here when we moved but the bearings had gone on the anemometer and it sounded like my Fiat Stilo on a cold day, so it was time to look for a new one.

 Picked the Davis Vantage Pro 2 based simply based on the number of apparent users (safety in number and all that) and hunted for a good price as they are a considered purchase, did look at importing, but decided to buy from the UK in case of faults, luckily Prodata systems is in Ely less than 30 mins away, so bought the wired version without solar or uv sensors, after all I do still have to feed the kids.

Well that was a few years ago and my interest was recently re-fired, not sure why, maybe I got bored, anyway bought a second hand PC off ebay and this is where everything weather related lives, I know the square root of nothing about web pages (which will be fairly apparent if you dared to risk an eye and look), but, I'm keen to learn new things, (life in the old dog ...) so I'm a dabbler with this, my humble starter site is .

Recently bought the sensors that were left off originally from the US as well as a lightning detector, so thanks to weather display, I send data all over the place and its great to see information from home available to anyone who wants to see it, I'll never be an expert here, but for me it's just for fun.

Happy forming


Edited - 19/7/13 added new web address
Announcements / Registration Emails
« Last post by Budgie on June 07, 2013, 09:57:33 PM »
Attempts have been made by known Spammer bots to register as members on this forum.
95% of these attempted registrations have used either a Hotmail or Gmail email address.
As a result of this I have placed a ban on these two email domains to stop these registration attempts and the ban will remain in place until further notice.

The ban will only effect those trying to register for a new membership account on here, if you use Hotmail or Gmail and are already registered then you shouldn't be effected.

Genuine people wanting the join the forum are asked to use an alternative email account.

Thanks for your understanding.

Members Introductions / Re: New Member
« Last post by Will Grimsley on March 17, 2013, 06:20:25 PM »
Hi Lee,

For my wxphotos.php page, I use some Javascript software to achieve this.

Here is the code:

Code: [Select]
<script type="text/javascript">
// <![CDATA[
// Author:
// Description: slideshow that allows visitors to flip through a series of images on your website

var x=0;

function rotate(num){
if(x<0) x=fs.length-1;[x].value;

function auto() {
if(document.ff.fa.value == "Stop"){
rotate(++x);setTimeout("auto()", 5000);}}
// ]]>

<form name="ff" action="">
<table cellpadding="3" style="border:1px black solid;border-collapse:collapse;">

<tr><td align="center">
<img src="" name="show" alt=""/>

<tr><td align="center" style="border:1px black solid;">
<select name="slide" onchange="rotate(this.selectedIndex);">
<option value="">Davis Vantage Vue</option>
<option value="">Davis Vantage Vue</option>
<option value="">Davis Vantage Vue Console</option>
<option value="">Newton Poppleford</option>
<option value="">Frosty Paddock</option>
<option value="">Frosty Hot Tub</option>
<option value="">Wind Vane</option>
<option value="">Snowy Gazebo and Hot Tub</option>
<option value="">Snowy Garden</option>

<tr><td align="center" style="border:1px black solid;">
<input type="button" onclick="rotate(0);" value="ll&lt;&lt;" title="Jump to beginning" />
<input type="button" onclick="rotate(x-1);" value="&lt;&lt;" title="Last Picture" />
<input type="button" name="fa" onclick="this.value=((this.value=='Stop')?'Start':'Stop');auto();" value="Start" title="Autoplay" style="width:75px;" />
<input type="button" onclick="rotate(x+1);" value="&gt;&gt;" title="Next Picture" />
<input type="button" onclick="rotate(this.form.slide.length-1);" value="&gt;&gt;ll" title="Jump to end" />

Just copy this code into your page but make sure to change the <option value""></option> to your photo links.

Hope this helps...

Members Introductions / Re: New member
« Last post by Budgie on February 04, 2013, 05:10:50 PM »
Welcome to the forum and the network, Lee.

I've got your application and I'll get your station on the map tomorrow, I hope.  ;)

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