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Members Introductions / Re: Hello from Richard
« Last post by Budgie on November 11, 2012, 08:28:02 PM »
Hi Richard and welcome to the forum.

Solar radiation (heating) is a problem but there are some relatively cheap options out there.
This is one:,23736.0.html
Or something like this Davis Radiation Shield (it's cheaper to get it from the U.S than to buy in the UK  ;) ).

As for the issues with adding the map; you may be better speaking to someone on the Cumulus Forum and ask how to add a new page, unless someone on here using Cumulus can help.
Members Introductions / Hello from Richard
« Last post by Smallfield WX on November 11, 2012, 04:26:57 PM »
Hello everyone. I run a very basic weather station here in Smallfield, Surrey. Before I retired, I was a radio engineer in a world famous Research and Development facility here in Surrey.

I've always had an interest in weather, and my W-8681 automatic station and Cumulus (r) software seems to do a good job reporting it. I try to keep the system reasonably well calibrated by double checking against the Met Office data from Charlwood, which is just a few miles away.

I think the worst errors are due to direct sunlight falling on the equipment - temperatures are wildly out then. I have plans to do something about that one day.

I have tried to incorporate the links to the UKWX pages etc, but so far no joy. Unfortunately the instructions do not seem to work for me. So if anybody fancies helping me out with that, I should be most grateful.


Members Introductions / Re: Hello From Andy
« Last post by Budgie on November 08, 2012, 03:40:00 PM »
I'm a moderator of the Astrogenics forum and get to play with some of the new things Relko is working on.
I've had an Alfa version of Nexstorm running for a few months that registers strikes at over 2500 miles, although the map range only goes out to 1500 miles.
At the moment the change in range is the only difference between the standard Nexstorm and the one I'm using and there hasn't been any new additions as Relko was working on the release of NGX, but there is progression.  :D

I tend to use NSDisplay as the main lightning display on my own website and I also have WASPII on there, which gives triangulated data plots from StrikeStar EU.

As for WXSim, yes it can "learn" by running a comparison program it looks at the past forecasts and compares them to the actuals, then produces a set of offsets to bring the forecast a little closer to the actuals.
There are also a load of personal preference settings that can be altered in the Pro version, things which are fixed in the standard version. 
Members Introductions / Re: Hello From Andy
« Last post by adsar on November 07, 2012, 12:09:21 PM »
Hi martin,

Good to be here.......

Yes i am using the latest NGX and think its a great addition. Really looking forward to what lies ahead with NexStorm V2 and its new ranging capabilities ;). I'm currently giving my viewers a choice as to how they want to display the lightning - ie the old stormvue, NGX and NSDisplay. Todate, NSDisplay gets the most hits (well the few i get on a daily basis lol).

Are there major advantages over the Pro version of WXSIM - i've read that it learns from its errors during previous forecasts?
Members Introductions / Re: Hello From Andy
« Last post by Budgie on November 06, 2012, 11:58:49 PM »
Hi Andy,

Glad you made it on here.  ;D

Yep, WXSim is a great tool for producing your own forecasts. I was lucky and got the Pro version before Tom split the program into the Pro & not so Pro versions, so I got all the add-ons for a cheaper price.

Have you tried out the latest StormVue NGX for your Boltek (if you're running Nexstorm software for it)?

Members Introductions / Re: Hello From Andy
« Last post by ukwoody on November 06, 2012, 07:21:31 PM »
Hi Andy,

a very warm welcome to the Forum. Small, but friendly!  You've got a very interesting web site there, I'd not seen a local forecast based on wxsim before - something I'm now going to look more into.

Please join in and help make the forum a success.  I'm sure Budgie will be along soon to give you an "official" welcome ;)

Typical - no thunder since you got your Boltek, shame it doesn't warn of snow... it might have been useful at the weekend, lol.

Kind regards

Members Introductions / Hello From Andy
« Last post by adsar on November 06, 2012, 09:34:21 AM »
Hi Guys,

Fairly new to all of this. First started collecting weather data in December 2010 whislt i was signed off work for a period of time. I had always been interested in the weather (and of course  having an electronics background have always been interested in gadgets). The first equipment was purchased from Maplin; 6 months later i went the full hog and purchased the Davis Vantage Pro2. Last year i also added the boltek detector as i love wathcing storms however, since the install my location has not really had any significant sferic activity  :(.

I started setting up my website in September 2011 - this was the frst time i had played with web design and it was not long before i started getting hooked! The web address sounds a little odd for a weather station - it was to be used for a friend that was setting up an online bear shop, but things did not work out, so i took it over!

The latest addition was WXSIM in July this year.


Members Introductions / Re: Hello from Bill
« Last post by ukwoody on October 31, 2012, 05:39:33 PM »
Hi Bill,

welcome along to the forum.  I guess it's upto us to make it THE british weather forum ;)  so lets get posting,lol

Members Introductions / Re: Hello from Bill
« Last post by Budgie on October 29, 2012, 10:05:10 PM »
 Hi Bill,

Welcome to forum.
I think SWN isn't that busy because most members are on the larger forums and although it would be nice of this one took off for the UK weather scene then I'm not putting any money on it.  ;D
It's good to have a network forum for any questions or help which members may require.

Still happy to hear about weather events on the West Coast though as I used to live in Largs before moving up here.  :)
Members Introductions / Hello from Bill
« Last post by Bill W on October 28, 2012, 05:31:57 PM »
Hi All,

Located in Kilwinning, SW Scotland. On several other weather forums but like to keep in touch with the UK scene.

With all the weather we get I was surprised the SWN wasn't a bit busier! looking forward to seeing this forum develop.

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