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Announcements / MeteoBridge Pressure Trend Update
« Last post by Budgie on February 13, 2019, 11:56:15 PM »
Thanks to Simon (conligwx) there is now an updated template file for those using MeteoBridge which enables the Pressure Trend to be displayed in your data feed.

The new template can be downloaded from these links:
UKWN: https://www.ukwx.net/MB_stickertags-template.txt
SCWN: https://www.scottishweather.net/MB_stickertags-template.txt

Instructions on how to install this template can be found on here: https://www.ukwx.net/wxconfig.php#meteobridge

This update only applies to MeteoBridge users, there is no change for those using other software to upload thier data files.
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Announcements / Re: Change of Host
« Last post by Budgie on February 11, 2019, 11:24:06 PM »
Ken managed to sort some of the stations not reporting data with updated network files.  :D
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Announcements / Combined UK & Scottish Weather Network Forum
« Last post by Budgie on February 10, 2019, 10:43:41 PM »
During the change of host the old Scottish Weather Network Forum database became corrupted and refused to load on to the new server.
As a result I have chosen to amalgamate both the UK & Scottish Weather Network forums into one forum.

Neither has been used that much over the last few years and I did think about ditching both forums as part of the change, but as this one is working then it seemed sensible to keep a private area for members of both networks to post issues, suggestions and questions.

I will open some new sections within the forum for Scottish specific questions but all member will have access to all sections.

If you were a member on the Scottish forum only and don't have access on here, then please join up and I'll add you to the membership on here.

Cheers,
Martin. 
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Announcements / Re: Change of Host
« Last post by Budgie on February 09, 2019, 01:18:43 AM »
Replied to both emails.
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Announcements / Re: Change of Host
« Last post by conligwx on February 08, 2019, 07:26:41 PM »
looks like my site is not reporting even though https://www.conligwx.org/realtime.txt exists.  Any reason for that?
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Announcements / Re: Change of Host
« Last post by Budgie on February 02, 2019, 12:56:16 AM »
The UKWN is now running fully on Krystal Hosting.
Ken has kindly spent time getting the data fetching script working and created a Join form. These have all be tested and are running as expected. 

Now to start the process on the Scottish Weather Network!! :D
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Announcements / Change of Host
« Last post by Budgie on January 27, 2019, 04:26:16 PM »
It's been a while since anything was posted in here, mainly because I changed jobs and I haven't had the time to devote to the network like I used too.
I've tried to get new member applications added to the map as soon as I could, but most other things have taken a back seat.

I know the network hasn't been working as it should for a few years now and this is mainly due to my original host being bought out by another company. I was swapped to the new providers servers without any real issues, until the swap was complete. Then I started to notice things with the new service, like cronjobs (which trigger the scripts to get your data files) weren't supported unless you paid extra and moved to another server.
Ken True, has been supporting the data file downloads on his server for over a year, for both the UK & Scottish networks, to keep them running.

I've now found some time to get away from that host and I'm in the process of swapping all four of my websites to Krystal.
This weekend it was the turn of the UKWN to change and it's all up & running on the new server & host package, with a couple of exceptions. The main one being the data file trigger cron is still being worked on to get it running correctly.
The Joining form is also being re-written by Ken because the change from PHP5 to PHP7 broke the scripting.

As you may be able to see, I've updated the forum and change it to the default theme. I hope everything with the forum database is on here as I had a couple of issues with the transfer, but I think I've got there now and nothing seems to be missing.

I've also removed some out of date stuff from the website, like to the buoys page as none are reporting now.

If you notice anything that's not working then let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Cheers,
Martin   
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Announcements / New Network Map
« Last post by Budgie on August 01, 2016, 09:31:53 PM »
All,

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: http://saratoga-weather.org/scripts-mesonet-map.php

Here's what he wrote about it on the Weather-Watch Forum:
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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 http://saratoga-weather.org/scripts-mesonet-map.php 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 northamericanweather.net/mesonet-map-networks.txt 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,
Ken
 

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.

Regards,
Martin.
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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.

Martin
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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 www.weathertorquay.com. 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.

Peter
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