Been awhile since I've been on the forums been real busy with my new apprenticeship.
But I've been wanting to do this for awhile now and I finally bought myself a weather station
a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Cabled (6152C).
I have got it up and running and I made a few modifications such as I separated the rain bucket from the temperature sensor (ISS)
so that I could achieve more accurate readings I changed all the cable to Cat 5e for better protection and I have ran the cable out 150m
from the console so that I could place it in the best location.
I also bought a Daytime Aspirated Fan for it which I modified so that it runs for 24hrs. I did this by not using the solar panels provided and
instead setting it up to be completely battery powered (2 10000mah D Cells Rechargable) Providing it with enough mAh to run for 48hrs and Constant power of 2.4V and I change
them over every 24hrs so that they can maintain the constant power.
Placement of Sensors:
Anemometer: 8-10m above ground level (Went as high as I could go Highest point for at least 500m)
Temperature: 1.25m above ground level
Rain: 40cm above ground level.
The sensors are placed in the best position I could do so that the data is accurate.
So I finally got it up and running and recording data into weatherlink and I have uploaded the data to weather underground as they are free and provide an accurate forecast.
I thought I share it on the forums as it could help people storm chasing, forecasting or just tell people about what weather to expect and so far the forecasts have been really accurate down to the mm of rain.
So heres the website for the station:
Current Conditions (Forecast) : http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=-28.353%2C153.213&sp=INEWSOUT80
History Data: http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=INEWSOUT80
Here are some pictures of the weather station.