Note about Network Outages and their Effect on Data Collection

By: ItsABeautifulDay , 7:17 AM GMT on August 26, 2013

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Here at the Marvinville Weather Thingy Research Institute we occasionally experience Internet service outages that affect the communications between the weather thingy and Weather Underground. These outages typically occur in the early morning hours and are presumed to result from maintenance activities of our Internet service provider, Time Warner Cable.

You can identify these outages by the resulting gaps in data in the tabular data on the weather station's weather history page. For example, station KCASANDI079's August 22, 2013 weather history page lacks data for the period between the 03:46 and 05:27 entries. This gap is consistent with our Internet service provider's history of service outages.

The graphs for many data items will show a straight line between the last reading taken and the first reading following the resumption of data transmission. This is phantom data...it does not reflect any measurements taken by the sensors. Other graphs like wind gusts and wind direction properly show gaps when data is missing.

Science!

Marvin
Ursine Meteorologist
Marvinville Weather Thingy Research Institute
Birdland, Serra Mesa, San Diego, CA

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5. ItsABeautifulDay
8:56 PM GMT on December 05, 2013
Quoting 3. auburn:
I have a Pi..but I am not a Linux person so I haven't played with it much..I never could figure out how to get the WiFi adapter working on it..but one day I will find a use for it.


First step is confirm that the WiFi adapter is compatible...see:

http://elinux.org/RPi_USB_Wi-Fi_Adapters

If your WiFi adapter is compatible follow the instructions on this webpage:

http://www.howtogeek.com/167425/how-to-setup-wi-f i-on-your-raspberry-pi-via-the-command-line/

We don't run our RPi systems on WiFi...they are all directly connected to the network via their built-in Ethernet adapters.

Regards,
Marvin
Ursine Meteorologist
Marvinville Weather Thingy Research Institute
Birdland, Serra Mesa, San Diego, CA
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3. auburn (Mod)
8:24 PM GMT on December 05, 2013
I have a Pi..but I am not a Linux person so I haven't played with it much..I never could figure out how to get the WiFi adapter working on it..but one day I will find a use for it.
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2. ItsABeautifulDay
8:18 PM GMT on December 05, 2013
Quoting 1. DaveFive:
Hello itsABeautifulDay, I am Dave from San Jose, CA. I have read your info on Station KCASAND1079's and the phantom data, thank you for your info about it.


Hi Dave,

Thanks for your feedback. It's much appreciated.

Regards,
Marvin
Ursine Meteorologist
Marvinville Weather Thingy Research Institute
Birdland, Serra Mesa, San Diego, CA
Member Since: June 11, 2013 Posts: 28 Comments: 4
1. DaveFive
1:02 AM GMT on November 09, 2013
Hello itsABeautifulDay, I am Dave from San Jose, CA. I have read your info on Station KCASAND1079's and the phantom data, thank you for your info about it.
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