Share Your PWS Story!

By: Kari Strenfel , 10:27 PM GMT on February 07, 2014

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Interested in sharing your PWS story? We would love to hear about why you became a PWS owner and decided to upload your data to Weather Underground. Please answer a few questions below. If your story is chosen, you will have the opportunity to share your story with the world!

1) Why did you install a PWS? Fascinated with weather? Or just love data?

2) How do you use your data?

3) What kind of station do you have and how did you pick that specific manufacturer?

4) How long have you had your station up and reporting to Weather Underground? How old were you when you installed it?

5) Where is it located? Where did you set it up? Did you have a difficult time choosing the location?

Feel free to add photos of your station too!

Here are a few stations in our PWS network:


PWS at Golden Gate Heights, San Francisco: KCASANFR46


PWS on Lake Minnetonka, MN KMNMOUND4


PWS on Staten Island, NY KNYSTATE8

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8. lagjoelquist
9:49 PM GMT on April 15, 2014
1) Why did you install a PWS? Fascinated with weather? Or just love data?
I live in Minnesota. We always talk about weather. I started off with just some outdoor thermometers. Then I got a station with an anemometer. It didn't talk to a PC. I saw the local NWS office had a PWS running. I liked it because it showed a graph of what the temperature had been doing. This is an important piece of information. I looked around for a station that I could talk to with a PC. I decided on a OSI WMR968 because it came with a serial port on the console and it had solar panels.

2) How do you use your data?
I don't look at the data much. Just to see what the temperature is.

3) What kind of station do you have and how did you pick that specific manufacturer?
I got the OSI WMR968 because it had a serial port built into the console and it had solar panels. After almost 10 years I don't think I have replaced the back up batteries. It was nice to have the sensors in separate locations. After I ran a station at home I bought a used one and put it up at work. I also had web cameras.
Last year I also bought a Davis Vantage Vue. Now I have two stations at home. Again the solar panel on the sensor array is a big plus. I would have like to have a serial port built into the console for the price you pay for this station.

4) How long have you had your station up and reporting to Weather Underground? How old were you when you installed it?
I installed the station at my house in December 2004. I only had a dial up system at the time. I set up my own web page and uploaded to Weather Underground. I was using FreeWX at the time.

5) Where is it located? Where did you set it up? Did you have a difficult time choosing the location?
The OSI WMR968 has separate transmitters for each sensor. That is nice because you can put the thermometer at the proper height and get the anemometer up where it will catch the best wind. Mine is on a pole off my chimney. The thermometer was on the clothesline pole until last year when we landscaped and it moved to to roof with the rain gauge.
I put the Davis vantage vue on a antennae pole attached to a fence post. That was in the backyard until the landscaping project. Now it is in the front yard. When I am sitting watching TV I can see people walk by and point at it. After several months of this I got business cards printed up with a link to my weather underground information. You would think the spinning anemometer would give away that it was a weather station.

Now that I have weather stations I take pictures of other ones when we travel. I have seen them in Peru, Tanzania, Bulgaria, NYC. Only a weather nut would do something like take pictures of weather stations.
Member Since: November 18, 2004 Posts: 0 Comments: 0
7. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:48 PM GMT on March 11, 2014
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6. Ambient
7:36 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
1) How did I become a Weather Geek? It started as an environmental study project where we captured live data from various sites around the world. I wrote software that transmitted the data when the internet was still in it's infancy.

One thing led to another and I started offering the software to anyone that wanted to share their data for free.

2) I use my data to keep track of the world I live in. Engineers want to quantify and discover our physical world through numbers and graphs!

3) WS-1000-Wifi. Nestled in the pinion pines of La Barranca near Sedona, the state of the art Ambient Weather WS-1000-WiFi wireless weather station sends data to the internet with any WiFi connection. No computer required.

4) I believe I was the first (or second) weather station to upload to Wunderground.com. Sometime in the late 1990s.

Member Since: February 25, 2003 Posts: 4 Comments: 1
5. AbigailHolt29
2:24 PM GMT on February 14, 2014
my aunty recently purchased a year 2012 Nissan Juke only from working part-time off a macbook air... see C­a­s­h­S­t­o­r­e­d­.­c­o­ℳ­
Member Since: February 14, 2014 Posts: 0 Comments: 1
4. terstorm
6:30 PM GMT on February 12, 2014
1) Why did you install a PWS? Fascinated with weather? Or just love data?

I'm fascinated with weather and I love data. I've always wanted a station, ever since childhood, but had to wait until I could buy one myself.

2) How do you use your data?

I use it to keep track of (assuming my ISP is actually functional!) the weather at my house. I work a good long way from my house. It's also good for gardening. Also, I'm trying to determine if my town is a warm spot or if even low mountain ridges can have very local adiabatic winds. I'm only a couple miles from the foot of a low mountain. My station is often the warmest one in the region, and I'm not sure if it's placement, an error with the thermometer, or a very real local thing. The thermometer does have a solar shield.

For one thing, I know it got warm enough that the snow on the station melted recently, registering as rain.

3) What kind of station do you have and how did you pick that specific manufacturer?

I have one of the fine offset stations. I admit I chose it based on price. It's a decent station.

4) How long have you had your station up and reporting to Weather Underground? How old were you when you installed it?

My station has been up since August. I'm 32 years old.

5) Where is it located? Where did you set it up? Did you have a difficult time choosing the location

I wanted the station on the roof but that got vetoed. It's in my front yard, away from the house. There are no trees around it, but last year it was in the middle of my garden. We're planning on putting up a fence so it'll be permanently affixed to that fence once it's done.

I would love to learn if my station is actually recording a local adiabatic effect from the nearby mountain. I've often observed that a weak south wind seems to correlate in the temperature going up. The mountain is south of me.
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3. Kari Strenfel , Meteorologist
7:44 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
These are great! Thanks for sharing!
Member Since: January 30, 2014 Posts: 4 Comments: 2
2. metallicarox2009
2:28 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
1) Why did you install a PWS? Fascinated with weather? Or just love data?  A bit of both. I just graduated in 2013 with my Bachelors in Meteorology and have always been interested in weather since I was 7-8 years old. I installed it because my hometown is 30 miles from the closest ASOS station, and other weather stations in the county aren't reliable.

2) How do you use your data? The data is uploaded to an FTP web server, which is then displayed on a website that I built. It's also uploaded to Wunderground and CWOP. I use a program called WView that runs on a Raspberry Pi computer that creates graphs that I also show on the website. The data is archived as well so I can create custom graphs and allow users to download their own set of data.

3) What kind of station do you have and how did you pick that specific manufacturer? I have a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Plus station. It's wireless with a Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield, UV/Solar Radiation Sensors and tipping bucket rain gauge. I picked it because Davis has a long reputation of quality stations, and the wireless system enabled me to be more flexible with siting.

4) How long have you had your station up and reporting to Weather Underground? How old were you when you installed it? I installed the station in July 2013, and it's been uploading to WU since it came online for the first time. I had to replace the computer from a Windows machine to a Linux machine which took it offline for a couple weeks so it wasn't uploading during that time, but it's been uploading without interruption since then. I was 22 when I installed it.

5) Where is it located? Where did you set it up? Did you have a difficult time choosing the location? It is located in Holton, KS at the Banner Creek Science Center. Banner Creek Science Center is a multi-disciplinary learning center in rural Jackson County KS that focuses on Astronomy with a large 20" Telescope, however I installed the station there to add weather education as a critical piece in the learning mission. It wasn't hard to find a site, the center is in an open field, and mostly free of trees. Found a place with no trees around and placed the Anemometer well over the height of the trees and height of the building to eliminate any obstacle issues.
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1. Tmax
12:19 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
1) Why did you install a PWS? Fascinated with weather? Or just love data? Well to answer this you must ask why would I want to not why did i. I got sick and tired of the NWS 55mils away getting it wrong. I also had a fascination from childhood.

2) How do you use your data? Keeping track of my weather as well as to help others.

3) What kind of station do you have and how did you pick that specific manufacturer? WMR200-A UV they chose me as a beta tester after my WMR968 failed and since they were preparing for the new release they sent me that and asked me to fill them in on its operations i can say its operations were just as difficult as the previous WMR968.

4) How long have you had your station up and reporting to Weather Underground? How old were you when you installed it? 2003-02-18 01:35:17 and i was 31

5) Where is it located? Where did you set it up? Did you have a difficult time choosing the location? At my home in Spearfish SD. The installation was a nightmare because of the type of station i started with the WMR968 setting its sensors properly to keep them functioning was almost impossible. Location was easy but setup at the location was elusive for a bit.
Member Since: February 18, 2003 Posts: 6 Comments: 14

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Kari is the PWSmet. As a meteorologist at wunderground.com, she has experience setting up and installing many types of personal weather stations.