Chipperdog.comMay 24th, 2016

May Site Updates

May 17th, 2016 (Tuesday)

This spring the station and website have been upgraded to provide more accuracy and better reporting of conditions. There will be more changes coming as time allows.

The rain collector was replaced with a new Davis version that even includes bird spikes to prevent clogs. The collector has been calibrated with a Novalynx rain gauge calibrator. The Novalynx calibration has the gauge very close to our CoCoRaHS gauge. We will continue to tweak the calibration to match the Davis automated collector to the non-tipping Stratus gauge.

The Temperature\Humidity sensor was upgraded in April to a Sensiron SHT31, which is Davis’s most accurate T\H sensor to date and rivals the accuracy of sensors costing several hundred dollars. This new T\H sensor in combination with our triple shielded 24 hour Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield (FARS) should provide exceptional accuracy even with the high solar intensity and low wind speeds of Summer.

The main conditions page has been totally reworked to fix some bugs and to no longer use tables for layout. In addition Wind Run, Visibility, Pollen, Air Quality, and Ozone have been added. There are tool tips that have been added (green question marks) that show more information about this reading when hovered over. The Metar information was moved to its own page and now shows 8 locations close by. We are no longer supporting old browsers such as IE6 and IE7 since they are quite buggy and non-standards compliant. Our statistics show only a fraction of 1% of users are still on these versions so please upgrade.

New Davis Rain Gauge - April, 2016

New Davis Rain Gauge – April, 2016

April Snow Storm Sets Station Record

April 9th, 2016 (Saturday)

It may be April and the grass has already been cut but today’s clipper system brought snow to Berks. Due to the increased sun angle the snow is sticking to only grassy surfaces. The storm total was 1.9″ which broke the station all-time April monthly record of 1.0″ from 2011.
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Blizzard of 2016 Hammers Berks & Entire Region

January 21st, 2016 (Thursday)

Blizzard of 2016 Storm Total: 26.5″ (2.93″ SWE).
After additional readings and comparison to Lincoln Park (1.25 miles away), the total has been put back to 26.5″.

Sat 11 PM Update: Blizzard of 2016 Storm Total: 25.5″ (1.80″ SWE). Based on some additional sampling, due to drifting, I have adjusted the total down one inch. It is still a station record and one of the largest in Berks history!

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Site Outage

November 12th, 2015 (Thursday)

The site was down today from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM due to an upgrade that happened when I was at work. The connection speed was upgraded and the address was changed. Things should be back to normal although a few minor tweaks may still be necessary resulting in short outages.