KFLCOCOA25 NOTES AND STATUS

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STATION NOTES:

2017-09-11 12:00 AM ET - INVALID WIND DIRECTION NOTICE - KNOWN START/STOP PERIOD HURRICANE IRMA ROTATED THIS STATION'S MOUNT ROTATED APPROXIMATELY +45 COMPASS DEGREES AT AROUND 12:00 AM ON 9-11. CONSIDER ALL WIND DIRECTION DATA (ONLY) INVALID FROM 9-11-2017 AT 12:00AM TO 9-14-2017 AT 23:00 ET WHEN THE PROBLEM WAS CORRECTED. DISCUSSION: TO KEEP THE STATION AWAY FROM THE HOME FOR LIGHTNING REASONS, AND TO CONCEAL AS MUCH OF THE STATION MOUNTING HARDWARE AS POSSIBLE - IN RESPECT OF THE HOA GUIDELINES - THIS STATION IS SOMEWHAT COVERTLY MOUNTED TO THE TRUNK OF (AND SITS 5' ABOVE THE CANOPY OF) A TALL TREE, USING A TREE-FRIENDLY MOUNTING SYSTEM THAT IS DIFFICULT TO KEEP FROM SPINNING IN AZIMUTH IN HEAVY WINDS. I'LL CONTINUE TO TWEAK THE MOUNT WITHOUT KILLING THE TREE AND HOPE TO PREVENT THESE SPINS FROM HAPPENING (THIS IS THE SECOND TIME).

2017-09-11 12:00 AM ET - LOST DATA DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA THIS STATION WAS UNABLE TO UPLOAD DATA TO WEATHER UNDERGROUND DUE TO A LOSS OF: - HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL POWER FROM 10:38PM ON 9-10 UNTIL WE DECIDED TO USE A GENERATOR FOR THE HOME AT 12:16AM ON 9-11, THEN AGAIN FROM, - HOUSEHOLD BROADBAND SERVICE BY AT&T U-VERSE FROM 4:21AM ON 9-11 _ALL THE WAY TO_ 9-13 AT 11:13AM WHEN I FINALLY ACTIVATED SERVICE FROM ANOTHER BROADBAND PROVIDER DISCUSSION: MY HOME ROUTER CAN LOAD-BALANCE AND FAIL-OVER BETWEEN TWO COMPETING BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER ACCOUNTS AT THE HOME, SO I'VE DECIDED TO KEEP BOTH INTERNET PROVIDERS (SPECTRUM AND AT&T) - SO THERE'S A BETTER CHANCE THE WIFE CAN HAVE HER FACEBOOK MORE THROUGH THESE STORMS AND YOU AND I CAN HAVE STATION DATA (HEHE)! I AM ALSO RESEARCHING THE AMBIENT WEATHER STATION INTERFACE COMPUTER OPTIONS TO SEE IF ANY OF THEM CAN "LATER UPLOAD" DATA AFTER HOURS OF COLLECTION DURING INTERNET SERVICE OUTAGES. THE AMBIENT WEATHER INTERFACE I HAVE ON IT NOW DOES NOT "STORE AND FORWARD" STATION DATA DURING AN OUTAGE, WHICH IS FRANKLY VERY FRUSTRATING!

2017-09-10 5:34 PM ET - INVALID RAINFALL DATA NOTICE - KNOWN START/STOP PERIOD DURING THE APPROACH OF HURRICANE IRMA, WE NOTICED THE STATION STOPPED MEASURING RAINFALL CORRECTLY DURING THE DAY UNTIL 5:34PM LOCAL WHEN THE PROBLEM CLEARED. IT HAD BEEN RAINING FOR HOURS BUT THIS STATION SHOWED NO RAINFALL UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 5:34PM. TO ESTIMATE RAINFALL FOR THIS DAY, NOAA RADAR ESTIMATES MAY BE BEST SINCE ALL STATIONS IN THIS AREA LOST POWER FOR LONG PERIODS OF RAINFALL. DISCUSSION: PRIOR TO INSTALLING BIRD SPIKES OVER THE UNIT 4-2-2014, BIRDS HAD BEEN THROWING SEEDS INTO THE RAIN COLLECTOR. IT'S UNUSUAL THEY DID SO IN A FLURRY WITH A HURRICANE APPROACHING. I INSPECTED THE UNIT FROM THE GROUND AFTER THE STORM AND NOTICED THE BIRD SPIKES HAVE BEEN PUSHED ASIDE MAKING THE RAIN COLLECTOR HOLE MORE ACCESSIBLE. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY WERE PUSHED ASIDE BY THE BIRDS BEFORE THE STORM ALLOWING THEM TO DROP-IN SEEDS, OR IF THE STORM PUSHED THEM OVER (THEORIES?). REGARDLESS, I NEED TO LOWER THE UNIT AND ADJUST THE BIRD SPIKES SOON OR IT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN.

2016-10-11 9:50AM ET - INVALID ANEMOMETER DATA NOTICE I DISCOVERED THAT THE WEEKEND POST-MATTHEW WINDS HAD ROTATED THIS STATION AN ADDITIONAL 17 DEGREES, HINTING THAT MY HARDWARE MOUNT IS LOOSE. I WILL CORRECT THE MOUNT ASAP. IN THE MEAN TIME, THIS STATION IS CURRENTLY POINTING 60 DEGREES OFF FROM TRUE NORTH TO THE EAST, AND I APPLIED A CORRECTION FACTOR OF 60 DEGREES IN THE METEOBRIDGE INTERFACE THIS MORNING SO WIND DIRECTION REPORTING IS ACCURATE IN WEATHER UNDERGROUND. IF USING THE WEATHER DATA FOR THIS STATION FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES, CONSIDER EXCLUDING ALL WIND DIRECTION DATA FOR THIS STATION FROM OCTOBER 7 TO OCTOBER 11, AS FAR AS I KNOW THIS MOUNT COULD BE SHIFTING IN ORIENTATION PERIODICALLY. WIND SPEED AND OTHER WEATHER DATA IS VALID.

2016-10-07 to 2016-10-08 AROUND NOON - INVALID ANEMOMETER DATA NOTICE I DISCOVERED UPON RETURN FROM EVACUATION FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW THAT THE STORM HAD ROTATED MATTHEW 43 DEGREES TO THE EAST AT SOME POINT THURSDAY NIGHT, OCT 7, AS MATTHEW PASSED MY HOME. AROUND LUNCH TIME ON OCT 8 I APPLIED A CORRECTION FACTOR OF 43 DEGREES IN THE METEOBRIDGE WEB INTERFACE FOR WIND DIRECTION.

2014-04-02: STATION BACK ONLINE 4-2-2014, 13:40 EDT. NOTES: STATION WAS LOWERED TO INSPECT AT 13:00 EDT. IGNORE ALL DATA FROM 13:00 TO 13:40. FOUND NO FOD BLOCKING RAIN CUP OPENING, BUT DID FIND MULTIPLE SEEDS INSIDE THE RAIN GAUGE, AND MULTIPLE SEEDS BUILT UP ON THE TIP CUP (SEE PHOTOS BELOW). CLEANED UNIT AND INSTALLED BIRD SPIKES OVER RAIN CUP.


2014-03-31: UPDATE: INVALID RAIN GAUGE DATA BIRD SPIKES RECEIVED VIA MAIL. HOPING TO LOWER AND INSPECT RAIN GAUGE, AND INSTALL BIRD SPIKES BY 4-2. CONSIDER ALL RAIN DATA TO BE INVALID FOR THIS STATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

2014-03-29: UPDATE: INVALID RAIN GAUGE DATA THIS STATION DID NOT ACCURATELY RECORD RAIN ON THIS DATE, ASSUMING ANOTHER RAIN GAUGE OBSTRUCTION LIKE 3-7 EVENT. HOPING TO CORRECT BY 4-2.

2014-03-22: UPDATE: INVALID RAIN GAUGE DATA AGAIN NOTICED NO RAINFALL RECORDED DURING 3-17 AND 3-18 RAIN EVENTS. ORDERED BIRD SPIKES FOR STATION. WILL LOWER STATION AND INSTALL SPIKES UPON ARRIVAL.

2014-03-07: UPDATE: INVALID RAIN GAUGE DATA NOTICED NO RAIN DATA RECORDED FOR 3-5. INSPECTED STATION AND FOUND AND REMOVED LARGE SEED IN RAIN COLLECTOR, PRESUMABLY DROPPED INTO COLLECTOR BY A BIRD. STATION IS NOT ACCESSIBLE TO SQUIRRELS.

2014-03-01: STATION STATUS LOGGING STARTED.

2014-01-03: NEW STATION INSTALLED.