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Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

Yes I know it is even earlier than Memorial day which is the unofficial start of Summer in the United States, but the dry season starts very early in California.  I brought my DSLR today to capture another photo of the brave California poppy growing in a crack between two slabs of concrete:



As you can see, the plant has already started to dry up on one side and the blossoms are smaller than they were on May 2nd:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=2403.msg24003#msg24003

Nonetheless the water that is flowing in the gutter is still rainwater draining from the nearby hills.  However, we haven't had any rain since April and aren't expecting any more this month, that won't last much longer.

Here is a view of distant hillside where the grass has turned "Summer brown:"



Here is a more close-up view of grasses that have turned to seed and dried up:



Finally, here is one last view of a "burnt" hillside:



In retrospect, I probably should have turned the polarizer filter to avoid turning the sky such a dark blue.  Steve's criticism of such extremes does seem appropriate.  On the other hand, the effect is certainly surreal.

Even with all the rains we've had in California, the wild vegetation will nonetheless look like this until the rains return as late as November or December.  We had our first day over 90˚  - peaking out at 90.2˚ F (32.3˚ C.)  It has been a hot May and the solstice is still a month away.

Those who insist California is a paradise obviously are only paying attention to human created landscapes.

Edouard
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Dear Alan and WeatherCat "sys-admins", . . . .

1. There is a new Silicon Labs USB driver available. Link page is here: http://www.silabs.com/products/development-tools/software/usb-to-uart-bridge-vcp-drivers The new version is 4.11.0 and I have downloaded and used it for 3+ days now with no problems.

Yes but you didn't mention the most amazing part.  The release notes now reads on the topic of which versions of OS X (MacOS) are supported (and I quote):

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This release includes the Macintosh OSX driver for 64 bit Intel Macintosh computers running MacOS X 10.7 or greater.

Of course, a very detail-oriented reader might be deeply concerned since, strictly speaking, there isn't any Macintosh operating system named: "MacOS X".  However, since any reasonable person will conclude this was a bit of creative splicing and that therefore, at last, you really can connect your Davis station to your Mac without any fear!  [biggrin]

Now if I could just find the time to upgrade the software I need to do before upgrading to Sierra!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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WeatherCat General Discussion / Three Things
« Last post by awilltx on May 21, 2017, 09:17:40 PM »
Greetings. It has been a while since I've posted much on here, but life has a way of doing that to the working class. So, here are a few catch-up items:


1. There is a new Silicon Labs USB driver available. Link page is here: http://www.silabs.com/products/development-tools/software/usb-to-uart-bridge-vcp-drivers The new version is 4.11.0 and I have downloaded and used it for 3+ days now with no problems.


2. I am also running the latest macOS version 10.12.5 and the latest iOS version 10.3.2. I have not had any noticeable problems with WeatherCat or the iPhone or iPad apps.


3. I changed web hosts for my site to a2 Hosting and like them very much. They provide secure FTP (SFTP), secure SSH, free SSL certificates from Let's Encrypt and the ability to choose php versions up to the latest v7.x. And, there has been no downtime. If you're thinking about changing, there is a link on my site and I do get a referral. I'm on the cheapest plan ($3.92/mo) for the first year and $7.99/mo after.


That's it for now. Good luck with everything,


Alan
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Dear Blick and WeatherCat strategic planners, . . . .

We got another two inches of snow last night and the overnight low set an all-time record for the month of May: 11F

Fortunately, I removed my snow tires last week and turned off the boiler for the summer season. It is currently 58F inside the cabin. #goodplanning  :)

 [freeze]

That reminds me of another Murphy-ism:

The best made plans of mice and men are . . . . . . . about equal!

We are headed into a heat wave for the weekend and normal to above normal temperatures after that.  So perhaps you are "enjoying"  [cold1] the last gasps of the cold spell we had in mid-May and perhaps the heat will reach you shortly.  [sun2]

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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We got another two inches of snow last night and the overnight low set an all-time record for the month of May: 11F

Fortunately, I removed my snow tires last week and turned off the boiler for the summer season. It is currently 58F inside the cabin. #goodplanning  :)

 [freeze]
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Dear Blick, Felix, and WeatherCat data submission junkies, . . . .

I know that Weather Underground has now changed hands twice, but it sure is amazing how long it is taking for their infrastructure to settle down.  How long has this been going on?  It feels to me like these sort of intermittent outages have been going on for years.

This afternoon I'm getting sporadic "Cannot decode Wunderground reply" errors.

Oh well, . . . . nothing we can do but grin and bear it.

Edouard
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Dear Blick and WeatherCat observers of the seasons . . . . going yo-yo!

I awoke to 6 inches of fresh snow this morning and we had a hard freeze overnight so the green buds on the Aspen trees and other promising signs of Spring are buried under a blanket of white stuff and some ice.

It probably has something to do with the spell of cold weather we had these past few days.  There was a trough of low pressure and small storms traversing through it.  The last one came through yesterday and was mostly to the North and East of us.  As a result we didn't get any rain at all, but perhaps it provided your snow.

Cheers, Edouard
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WeatherCat Integration / Re: Weather Underground
« Last post by Blicj11 on May 17, 2017, 11:26:45 PM »
I don't think that's universal, Blick. I'm located about five miles (as the crow flies) from a regional airport and I'm 350 feet higher. Looking at tomorrow's temperature forecast, I'm 1F less than than the WU airport forecast. In line with the standard lapse rate.

Thanks for sharing. I hope it's temporary for me.

BTW, I just went through a week of sporadic WU webcam updates. No password changes nor software updates, my FTP log showed the images were being transmitted right on schedule and the image sizes were under 150Kb.

Then last Sunday, everything started working again.

That happened to me as well and I am am back up running now.

WeatherCat iOS stopped working on my iPhone though. Since Grand hasn't mentioned anything, I assume the problem is on my end. Just haven't gotten around sorting out why it stops on "Checking the connection."

Two things you can check:
  • Make sure when you came back up on your Mac that it properly opened up the Port you are using for the WC Client Server - scan that port and make sure it is open
  • Kill the iOS app on your phone and try to connect again
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WeatherCat Integration / Re: Weather Underground
« Last post by Felix on May 17, 2017, 09:07:41 PM »
Something else that apparently has disappeared from WU are the localised forecasts extrapolated for one's latitude and longitude. For several years I have found their pinpoint forecasts for my location to be the most accurate forecasts available. Although I am only about 10 miles from a small airport, my home is almost 1100 metres higher in elevation than the airport so the standard airport forecasts are no good to me. I noticed about a month ago that the localised forecast for my home is now the same as the forecast for the airport. This is a major disappointment to me. Have any of you noticed this for your home, or are they just targeting me?


I don't think that's universal, Blick. I'm located about five miles (as the crow flies) from a regional airport and I'm 350 feet higher. Looking at tomorrow's temperature forecast, I'm 1F less than than the WU airport forecast. In line with the standard lapse rate.


BTW, I just went through a week of sporadic WU webcam updates. No password changes nor software updates, my FTP log showed the images were being transmitted right on schedule and the image sizes were under 150Kb.


Then last Sunday, everything started working again.


BTW, for anyone interested, WeatherCat works fine with Monday's security release of macOS 10.12.5 (with the equipment in my profile). WeatherCat iOS stopped working on my iPhone though. Since Grand hasn't mentioned anything, I assume the problem is on my end. Just haven't gotten around sorting out why it stops on "Checking the connection."
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I awoke to 6 inches of fresh snow this morning and we had a hard freeze overnight so the green buds on the Aspen trees and other promising signs of Spring are buried under a blanket of white stuff and some ice.
[cold]
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