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Some interesting comments from "weather consumers" that indicate confusion between forecasts and actual weather events. Apparently, using "percentages" creates expectations that things (forecast events) will actually happen. Some people think a local thunderstorm, even one that is a dozen miles wide will create rain for the entire state or at least their entire county! [rolleyes2] To many, a "70% chance of rain" seems to mean it will rain for 70% of the day! [banghead] It's no wonder that lots of people can't understand the difference between climate and weather... :o
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WeatherCat General Discussion / Re: FTP Failure
« Last post by Blicj11 on June 13, 2019, 04:35:32 PM »
WeatherCat does have some capability of restarting itself. In Preferences on the Units/Misc 1 tab, in the bottom left corner, is a box labeled Monitor & Re-launch WeatherCat. When this box is checked, WeatherCat runs a separate process called WatchDog. However, in my experience, WatchDog only restarts WC when WC hangs. I have had several experiences where FTP did not work for quite a while when my site was down and WatchDog did not restart, or if it did, it was hours before it kicked in.

It seems to me that your easiest temporary workaround is what you suggested: Reboot the Mac once a day. But If you use the macOS schedule function to do this, make sure that:
  • WeatherCat is in your Login items so it runs at startup
  • WeatherCat Preferences | Advanced | Quit Check is NOT checked
This will only work if you have enabled Automatic login in your macOS Settings because WC doesn't startup until you are logged in. If you are running Mojave, read this: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250389991
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Only been out a day and some are already complaining. Regarding the new model, I say it's about time and I'm looking forward to drawing my own conclusions in the coming months.
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WeatherCat General Discussion / Re: FTP Failure
« Last post by wx-watch on June 13, 2019, 08:13:43 AM »
So then I wonder if the way forward is to get the Mac Mini to restart once a day using its schedule function? That way I don't need to keep checking to see if has stopped uploading my data.

Or is there anyway to get WeatherCat to restart itself if FTP uploads fails (as I said simply restarting WeatherCat manually fixes the problem)
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Mark your calendars! Itís been almost 40 years since the model got a new core. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica - 6/12/2019, 2:00 PM
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Dear Grand and WeatherCat observers of wildfire weather,

We are forming a Firewise Community in our immediate rural neighborhood of 40+ households.

I certainly understand the concern.  We have already had a fire in a nearby town and the weed clearing deadline isn't until the 15th!


I'd like to let our community know when conditions exist that might lead to a Red Flag Warning. The conditions are (1) temperatures over 90 degrees F for several hours, (2) 25% RH or less for several hours, and (3) winds at least 15 mph for several hours.

Is there a way that WeatherCat can make this computation and automatically send a text message to a list of interested parties?

I took a look at WeatherCat custom alert feature and I don't see anyway to measure the duration of some set of weather conditions.  It is relatively easy to write an AppleScript that could monitor and determine if the Red Flag conditions are being met.  I'm still not able to get my AppleScripts to work properly under Mojave's security features, but the problem might be with the age of the AppleScripts.  If you start from scratch, the problem might not exist.

I just found this web page that provides instructions on how to send SMS messages using the Messages app:

https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/162598/programmatically-send-text-message-through-messages-app-on-os-x-10-10

So if you are willing to get your hands dirty with AppleScript it seems possible.  Take a look at my AppleScripts for examples:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=1039.0

All these AppleScripts have gotten involved, but perhaps WC Twitter Uploader is not a bad place to start.  It shows how to create a stand alone application that will periodically sample the weather conditions and perform an action under certain conditions.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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General Weather Discussion / The 2019 Hurricane season.
« Last post by elagache on June 12, 2019, 10:39:19 PM »
Dear WeatherCat observers of extreme weather (preferably from a safe distance,)

One of the rites of summer is the cyclonic storm season in the northern hemisphere.  NOAA has made a press release regarding its predictions for both sides of the United States:

https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-predicts-near-normal-2019-atlantic-hurricane-season

In addition, the Climate Prediction Center has made it's forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season:

https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/outlooks/hurricane.shtml

The names for the storms in the Atlantic have been chosen as follows:

Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien,  Tanya, Van, and Wendy

According to this website:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml

The names are reused ever 6 years.  However some names to get "retired" because the storms involved were so destructive.  There is a list of such names on this website:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames_history.shtml

Not to forget the Eastern Pacific, there is a forecast here:

https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Epac_hurr/

The names for the Eastern Pacific Hurricanes are:

Alvin, Barbara, Cosme, Dalila, Erick, Flossie, Gil, Henriette, Ivo, Juliette, Kiko, Lorena, Mario, Narda, Octave, Priscilla, Raymond, Sonia, Tico, Velma, Wallis, Xina,York, and Zelda

Perhaps we could use this thread for whatever hurricane discussions occur this summer.  While admittedly optimistic, let us hope that all WeatherCatters will only have to discuss cyclonic weather that is far, far, away.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
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Weather Hardware/Measurement / Send a Red Flag Warning
« Last post by The Grand Poohbah on June 12, 2019, 10:37:26 PM »
We are forming a Firewise Community in our immediate rural neighborhood of 40+ households.

I'd like to let our community know when conditions exist that might lead to a Red Flag Warning. The conditions are (1) temperatures over 90 degrees F for several hours, (2) 25% RH or less for several hours, and (3) winds at least 15 mph for several hours.

Is there a way that WeatherCat can make this computation and automatically send a text message to a list of interested parties?
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WeatherCat General Discussion / Time between Mac restarts? (Re: FTP Failure)
« Last post by elagache on June 12, 2019, 10:19:29 PM »
Dear wx-watch and WeatherCat troubleshooters,

I have been running the Weathercat on a Mac mini without a problem for a year now. WeatherCat is the latest version and the Mac mini is running Mojave with all the latest updates. However twice in the last week I have had an FTP problem. My web page wx-watch.co.uk fails to update and looking at the log it says FTP failure, site may be down. It isn't as I can connect to it via an FTP client. No details have changed as far as my account is concerned. Updates to other sites like Wunderground and the Met Office are unaffected. Simply restarting Weathercat (not the Mac mini) resolves the problem.

Unfortunately there isn't any obvious explanation for this sort of phenomenon that I'm aware off.  The only thing I've noticed with Mojave is that the operating system itself can behave strangely after allowing it to run for an extended period of time.  In my case, I have an external USB hard drive that is used infrequently to store larger videos.  After about 20 days, that drive starts to be mysteriously and spontaneously disconnected.  If I do nothing the problem repeats.  If I reboot the drive remains connected to my computer.

So if your Mac mini has been running for an extended period of time on Mojave, you might try rebooting and see if that clears up the problem.  WeatherCat uses the external utility curl to actually perform the FTP upload, so it is more vulnerable to Mojave than one might expect.

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Here is a different perspective of the Forbes article. It's worth a read because it comes along with a  few laughs.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3401597/the-feature-that-dare-not-be-named-apple-s-privacy-advantage.html
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