Station Information

LOCATION

PersonalWeatherStations.com is located in Mount Airy, North Carolina. We provide up to the minute weather conditions, weather forecasts, radar imagery, as well as a live streaming weather camera. Our site also shares real-time, current conditions from other area personal weather stations.

Mount Airy, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northwest North Carolina, is about 35 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, NC, in the Yadkin Valley. Mount Airy is the home to approximately 10,500 residents and is also the home of the largest open-faced granite quarry in the world. Television icon Andy Griffith grew up in Mount Airy and a walk down the town's Main Street calls to mind a resemblance of the town of Mayberry as portrayed in The Andy Griffith Show.

The weather station site is located just outside of the town on the north side, less than one mile south of the North Carolina/Virginia border.

ABOUT PWS

PersonalWeatherStations.com is a privately-owned and operated, non-profit, weather information site. The site was created to share current weather data from my personal weather station with the local community and with weather enthusiasts from around the world. 

HARDWARE/SOFTWARE

Person Weather Stations utilizes the Davis Wireless Pro 2 with Fan Aspirated Radiation Shield, UV and Solar sensors to measure and record the site's weather. The weather station hardware was installed on January 16, 2016. A day later, we started sharing our conditions with Weather Underground, CWOP, AKEAS, and PWS.

The station wirelessly transmits the data to the Davis Weather Console and the console shares the information with a  MeteoBridge that uploads the data to the site and to other weather services. The web sites weather data is updated every 5 seconds. 

The Weather Camera is a Foscam FI990P Wireless IP camera.

THE WEBSITE

The domain for the website was created on January 23, 2016 and the Joomla CMS was installed the same day. In doing research for available domain names, I was surprised that personalweatherstations.com was available. While I thought about acquiring a domain that was more location specific, the search value in this domain name made this one too good to pass up.

CREDITS

Last but not least, there are many people that have allowed me to utilize their resources and knowledge in the creation of this site.

Special thanks to Glenn Lamb of Mount Airy, NC. Glenn is hands down, the BEST network engineer that I know. I appreciate his help and his expertise in setting up the home network additions and in the configuration of the router, switches, and Foscam Wireless IP Camera.

Special thanks to Steve Fitzgerald of Tyler Texas Weather. Early on in the project, I came across Steve's site and liked it because it well-organized, well-written, and it was unique in content display compared to many weather websites. Steve has been helpful in providing direction and is extremely competent and resourceful.

Brian Underdown for his Home Weather Station Dashboard Template. The general content of this template and the fact that is mobile/tablet/desktop optimized make if very user friendly.

Thanks to Wim van der Kuil for the Leuven-Template, from which much of the data is used here on the website. Wim provided outstanding support when I needed assistance with the initial set-up of his template.

Thank you to Steve Bruek at Dacula Weather for his Drought Monitor script and to Jerry Wilkins at SE Lincoln Weather for his modifications.

Special thank you to Jerry Wilkins an Tom Whittaker for the HTML5 HAniS animation script 

Thanks to Jim McMurray of Juneau County Weather for his Weather Underground History script, to Ken True at Saratoga-Weather.org and Wim van der Kuil for the mods/updates for their templates.

While this site is based on the Joomla Content Management System, much of the information displayed utilizes data from template designs and scripts by CarterLake.org with PHP conversion by Saratoga-Weather.org. Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather for his work on the original Carterlake templates, and his design for the common website PHP management. Special thanks go to Ken True of Saratoga-Weather.org for the Saratoga-Weather Template, AJAX conditions display, dashboard, METAR scripts, and integration of the TNET Weather common PHP site design for this site.

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