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This website uses Meteotemplate, a free customizable website template available at www.meteotemplate.com. The template uses its own MySQL database and therefore is able to calculate any parameter or statistic and also does not rely on any other external services. It was first released in July 2015 and is regularly updated. The template is compatible with various programs such as Weather Display, Cumulus, Weather View or Meteobridge, as well as the Davis WL-IP logger, NetAtmo and Raspberry Pi and data can even be retrieved directly from Weather Underground website.

In addition to the core template files, which include scripts that calculate various statistics and show many graphs and tables from data from the actual weather station, it is also possible to download and easily install tens of additional plugins (add-ons) that extend the website with many further functionalities.

Meteotemplate, including all the scripts, plugins, webpage etc., is maintained by Jáchym from the Czech Republic.

You can use the main website to download all the content, wiki includes instructions how to install or you can subscribe to the blog where regular updates are published and where you can also ask for help and support.


Meteotemplate Homepage - info, download
Meteotemplate Blog - updates, info, RSS, support
Meteotemplate Wiki - install instructions

 

I shall leave Jáchym's advertising spiel in place. After all he does deserve it given that his software is 'free' unless you choose donate a few shekels to his cause. To be honest, anyone who uses Jáchym's time, trouble and money in producing a web by site using as a construction tool the Meteotemplate system has a moral obligation to donate something, even if it's only a few bob - well, in Jáchym's case, Korunas (Kč).

Since Jáchym wrote that bit of information a new facility has been added. This is a forum where users of the Meteotemplate system can discuss the program, learn new methods and solve problems. This is at this address.

This paragraph will eventually disappear. At present this part of the Blaxland Weather site is still in development, but at some time it will settle down and become stable other than for small changes. So, please bear with me during this process of experimentation and maturation. The site has a limited history available as the permanent collection and storing of records in a data base only commenced in late 2013. Added to that was a period of about four months (July/December 2015) when the site was virtually non-operational due to critical computer problems and health issues combined with monetary restrictions. It is said that troubles come in threes; on this occasion it was true.

For once the site is not comprised of bits-'n-bobs cobbled together by my own coding. It now has a multitude of options - even to you, the visitor, being able to alter the fonts and colours of the site you see (although you'll need cookies enabled to use that facility). This option, along with the ability to change the measurements (e.g. °F or °C), will be found by clicking the cogged wheel symbol at the top right in the heading. There is a host of different combinations available to you. Have fun trying out various permutations.

The gauges that sit at the top of the page are updated at approximately 6-second intervals, the time of that update being shown above them. The site itself updates every eight seconds so don't be worried if it seems that one update has been missed every now and then as there are always inevitable delays with information being transported and 'massaged' on the trip from the weather station instruments to the actual web site and data base. Unlike the gauges, only a few of the 'blocks' update automatically. You will need to refresh the page to see the latest information. I'll sort out those later, when the site is more settled. In the meantime, explore the site. Some of the information is available more than once, but in different situations and formats. You can find the maximum temperatures for each year/month/date on record; what's the hottest or coldest it's been?; where's the wind blowing right now around Australia and the world?; You want a forecast? You've got it. HOWEVER: DO NOT USE THESE FORECASTS FOR ANYTHING MORE THAN FUN. THEY ARE WORKED OUT FROM INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS SOURCES, BUT NEVER USE THEM FOR IMPORTANT EVENTS OR PURPOSES. THE AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY IS THE BEST SOURCE FOR LOCAL FORECAST INFORMATION - PLEASE USE IT.

To create the site as it stands at the moment two programs are used. Weather Display, which looks after the collection of information from the weather sensors and the transmission of those data to the web site server, together with Meteotemplate, to build the web site itself. Although data are transmitted at a few second intervals the data base itself is updated each five-minutes (13:00, 13:05, 13:10 ... etc.). Times are recorded and reported throughout the site in a 24-hour format. The general time/date format used is YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS. Should you not have come across this method before you will notice that it runs from largest to smallest; it is nearly always used in scientific work, although from my experience different delimiters (the "-" and ":" in the example) seem to be used.

The following information will describe what is available in the screen you see when first accessing the site.

At the very top is the banner which shouts to the world that Blaxland Reserve Weather exists. That is obvious. The cogged wheel and the question mark, both on the right side of the banner, are explained on the page. Below the banner is the Main Menu. This remains fixed and is always available to you, wherever you are within the site. The contents of the Main Menu will not be described as, generally, they are self explanatory. If you are not sure what they mean, try them (you're not going to break anything).

The various 'blocks' which are about to be described are not necessarily in this order as they could well change position, but should be readily identifiable - I hope.

Camera image
This is an image from the site's IP camera. It updates at 15-second intervals. Clicking on the main image will produce a larger image.

Clock
Well, that's what it is. It shows the station's time.

The Coundtdown
Self explanatory. The option(s) are chosen at the administrator's whim.

Weather Terms
These are just a bit of fun - but can be educational at the same time.
This has a menu 'icon' which allows you to choose from a menu (the three horizontal bars).
The default is the Weather Terms. It's a sort of glossary of meteorological jargon. It also tends to be northern hemisphere inclined.
The second option in this mini-menu is Weather Facts. A few, but not many, countries are represented within the mini-mini-menu which it contains; Australia is, of course, the default. Some countries supply more information than others but, nevertheless, it's interesting to look at various weather trivia from around the world.
Then there's the Trivia itself. This is just a collection of general knowledge of which most of us general people probably don't know and, to be honest, probably don't need to.

Then there is the 'Donate' section. It is the most underused section of the site.
Graphs: This is an interactive graph that allows visitors to explore some of the station's weather information over a number of time periods.
The station report, which included current readings, forecast and suchlike. Most visitors, I suspect, will not be interested in most of the information supplied but it's there for those who are.
Advisories, Watches and Warnings. These are exactly what it says on the tin, the source being the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. You will note that it has mini-menus. These are local conditions around the various state capitals and also partner stations.
Station Data: This is another interactive section. The data displayed are by default 'Today' but can be altered by the visitor to one of the choices listed in the mini-menu at the bottom.
Lightning. There is, though, also a mini-menu (the three horizontal bars) which will allow you to look at earthquake information; other than for severe 'quakes, is limited to a 2500 Km radius; the lightning menu offers you various views from around the world.

TO BE CONTINUED ... BUT ONLY IF SOMETHING IS ADDED OR SUBTRACTED.

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