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WeatherCat iOS Clients / Re: WeatherCat for Apple TV
« Last post by wurzelmac on January 03, 2019, 08:59:39 AM »
Hello Grand,
just found a not so nice bug in the App: The wind gauges end at 50 km/h although both the wind gust and the wind speed is much higher, see attached screenshot. Thanks in advance.
Dear Steve, Blick, and WeatherCat climate watchers,

Thanks for sharing.  It is interesting that all 3 reports are consistent with dryer than normal at least typical temperatures given the station data.  In the West there has been more wind.

Note that when the monthly temperature average is exactly equal to the database average, WeatherCat goes with the adjective warmer.

 [wink] . . . . But of course!  WeatherCat is after all an optimist.  That is part of its sunny feline disposition! . . . .   [cat] . . . [sun2] . . . . . .  cmu:-)

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
In Northern Utah:

December was...
    Warmer than average (22.0°F versus an average of 22.0)
    Dryer than average (1.63 in versus an average total of 2.21)
    Windier than average (a wind run of 2929 miles versus an average of 2800)

Note that when the monthly temperature average is exactly equal to the database average, WeatherCat goes with the adjective warmer.
General Weather Discussion / Re: Welcome to Winter 2018-19
« Last post by Blicj11 on January 02, 2019, 03:52:41 AM »
Nice work.
Today's low temperature here was -13°F (-25°C), so the first day of the new forecast period started in the opposite direction of the forecast.
December was...
   Warmer than average (35.7°F versus an average of 34.9)
   Dryer than average (2.42 in versus an average total of 2.57)
   Calmer than average (a wind run of 2590 miles versus an average of 3623)
Dear WeatherCat troubleshooters,

Alas, this time I'm the one with the trouble and I'm utterly at wits end trying to solve this problem.  A little over 2 weeks ago, WeatherCat stopped working with my venerable Logitech webcam.  Assuming that it had simply broken, I sought some advice on what to replace it with on this thread:

Based on Randall's advice, I decided to buy another Logitech webcam.  Alas, when I plugged it in and launched WeatherCat - it crashed!  Here is the punch-line and the crash report is attached.

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Application Specific Information:
*** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInvalidArgumentException', reason: 'The activeVideoMinFrameDuration passed is not supported by the device.  Use -activeFormat.videoSupportedFrameRateRanges to discover valid ranges.'
terminating with uncaught exception of type NSException
abort() called

Worse still, the crash occurred after the watchdog application was launched.  As a result, WeatherCat tried starting over and over!  I had to kill the Python watchdog process to regain control of my computer.

Any attempt to get WeatherCat to launch caused the same crash even after I removed the new webcam.  Eventually, I got the strange idea of putting back the old webcam.  This allowed WeatherCat to run normally after it more once it detected the "dead webcam."

However, this is where da' plot really thickens.  I had not checked the old webcam - I just trusted the WeatherCat pronouncement.  After all this I needed to understand if any of these webcams were working.  So I fired up Quicktime and . . . . . both webcam are working just fine!  ???  Quicktime has no problems displaying an image with the old webcam.

My computer was having some problems with RAM.  I had to replace it over the Christmas weekend.  I checked and the new memory isn't malfunctioning.  I have also zapped the PRAM and replaced my preference files for WeatherCat with my backup.  No improvement.

Does anybody have some ideas of what else I could try to get my webcam back on line?

Sign me definitely at wits end!
  Edouard  ???
General Weather Discussion / Nifty conjunction! (Re: Welcome to Winter 2018-19)
« Last post by elagache on January 01, 2019, 10:19:07 PM »
Dear WeatherCat sky watchers,

Recently I noticed Venus as a "Morning star."  The crescent Moon was closing so I hoped I could catch a picture of the conjunction.  This morning was the day so I pulled my camera out.  As I bracketing my exposures I got a free bonus!

A plane flew directly at my conjunction.  All I had to do was wait for it to enter the frame of my camera!  In case you are missing Venus, it is directly to the right of a branch and the plane is "pointed" at that branch.

Sometimes it does pay to get up early and brave the cold!

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
General Weather Discussion / NWS - Climate Prediction Center forecasts - Winter 2019
« Last post by elagache on January 01, 2019, 10:11:35 PM »
Dear WeatherCat climate watchers,

The new year has arrived and here is the 1 month and 3 month forecasts from the National Weather Service - Climate Predication Center for the start of Autumn.  Here is the one month forecasts of departures from normal temperatures for January:

This prediction is back to the typical above normal theme that is found on these predictions.

Here is the equivalent 3 months predictions of temperatures departures from normal for January through March:

All I can say is "ditto."  Only regions of the South might be colder than normal.

Here are the precipitation predictions of departures from normal for January:

This prediction isn't nearly as optimistic for the western United States as the previous predictions.  While the Southwest gets some El Niņo benefit, the rest remains uncertain.  Once more there is a prediction of increased rain in the old South.

Here is the equivalent graph for January to March:

The increased rain in the Southwest deserts is consistent with El Niņo.  I don't know what is the basis for the rain continuing across the rest of the South into the Atlantic seaboard.

Here are drought forecasts.  Here is the drought outlook for January:

This prediction is of significant reversals into drought for a large swath of the West.

Here is the equivalent 3 month outlook:

This predicts continued hardship for Oregon and the Arizona New Mexico boarder regions.  The remainder of the regions are supposed to see an improvement in their drought situations.

As usual, Like it or not, such are the forecasts we are facing . . . . 

Dear WeatherCat observers of the seasons turning,

Another month has gone by so we can all ask WeatherCat what the climate has been compared to past records.  Here is what WeatherCat observed at Canebas Weather Station:

My only initial surprise was that this month has been warmer than previous years.  However, this reminded me that we have had some really cold winters over the past 9 years, so I'll buy that.

So what did WeatherCat observe in your neck of the woods?

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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