- Davis Vantage Pro2 (8/13/13)
- Battery backup and UPS backup (uninterruptible power supply)
- Wind speed and direction unit is tower side mounted 35 feet above
ground and approx 650' ASL.
- Temperature and humidity sensors are in a radiation shield 10 feet above
- Rain gauge is an automatic emptying type
- Known issues:
- Wind speed may read low due to nearby trees. This is most noticeable
in the southerly directions in the summer.
The weather station is close to the water which moderates the
temperatures, especially during westerly winds. This often results in
higher temperatures in the winter and lower in the summer than what you
would see further inland.
Software & Interface
- TPLink TL-MR3020 Router modified with Metreobridge firmware configured into a dedicated weather computer/server
- Protected with a UPS
- Internet - high speed cable
- The weather data is transferred from the Vantage Pro2 to the
TL-MR3020 (as of 7/1/16) via the USB interface every 5 seconds
- Approximately every 5 minutes the latest weather data is uploaded to
- The data you see on the internet should be no more than 5 minutes
old. Assuming your clock and mine are set for the same time!
- The website is basically my own design using HTML and some Java
and as of 8/13/13 a modified PHP template from
provides the local weather data and some of the other webpages
Part of the site weather is a template design by
CarterLake.org with PHP
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
Special thanks go to Ken True of
the AJAX conditions display, dashboard and integration of the
TNET Weather common PHP
site design for this site.
Template is originally based on
- Pilor, pronounced "pie lor" is the acronym for PILot
saiLOR ... IMHO
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Sometime around 1998 we purchased a Radio Shack
WX200 weather station to monitor the local weather. The wind
anemometer was mounted at the top of a 56' tower. The software only
allowed viewing on your home computer.
Early 2003 I found software available from Andy Kier
in Australia that could be used to upload the weather data to a
website on the internet.
With an old Pentium 233 with 128Mb of memory and
Windows 95 I was able to construct a simple website and upload the
weather to personal webspace available on Kincardine Cable internet.
On Oct 11, 2003 we registered our own domain name, pilor.com. Using an
ancient 1985 video camera we were able to include a webcam image of
Lake Huron on the website.
This is how it looked Christmas Day 2003.
June of 2004 we began using the new webcams provided
by the Kincardine Yacht Club located in the lighthouse.
June 2008 the website was updated with the new blue
pages that you see today. By August 8, 2008 we had 1,000,000 visitors.
The computer was upgraded to a P600 with windows XP.
The website has been continually upgraded over the
years and a new Davis Vantage Pro weather station was installed August
13, 2013. At the same time templates from Saratoga Weather replaced
Andy Kier's FreeWX software. The old Radio Shack weather station is
still operating but not available on the internet.
July 1, 2016 the XP computer was retired after being
used 24/7 for 13 years. Now replaced by a 3" x 3" x 1" router that has
been modified into a micro computer using only 1 watt of power.