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Title: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: Mapleman1 on January 25, 2016, 10:33:56 pm
First off, I would like to give a very large thank you to Elagache ( Edouard) for all the help getting me up and running before the big storm hit!!! Cheers  [cheers1]

Hello guys, greeting from Cape Cod, Ma USA.  For those of you who are not familiar with the area, I'm on a large sandbar about 90 miles south of Boston. Cape cod is shaped like an arm sticking out off the east coast of Massachusetts into the Atlantic. I'm on "the elbow" I'm about two miles from the Atlantic Ocean and two miles from the bay. Water, water everywhere! We get a lot of nor'easter's during the winter months. And being right on the Atlantic we get a LOT of wind as well.

 I tried to attach a few photos but they were not sized correctly (huge) so I delete tend them for now. ( still learning) any tips ?


Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 25, 2016, 11:48:52 pm
First, Welcome AboaRd, Mapleman!

As for reducing the sizes of images, you'll need some kind of image editing app. I think Apple's iPhoto can be used for that, I've not even opened it in years! The problem you may be seeing is that your camera is using a resolution of something like 600 dpi. But when it is displayed here, it will probably show at a much lower resolution, basically whatever your monitor uses. That could be anywhere from 72dpi (starting with the original Mac but now up to several hundred dpi on those 'retina' models. For posting/viewing on the web, anything above 100 dpi is pretty much a waste of bandwidth. And having to scroll horizontally is a huge hassle, I personally hate it, but I suppose most people run their apps at 'full screen'.

Bottom line, use any app you want to reduce the size to something like 1,000 pixels wide (800 is even better, in my opinion). Try iPhoto, I'm sure there are some here that can give you the exact menu items/tool icons to use. Once you've done that, they will upload and, more importantly for those viewing the images, they will download much faster! [tup]
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: Steve on January 25, 2016, 11:51:39 pm
Hello @Mapleman! and welcome to the WeatherCat forum!

As you've already found, we have a very helpful group here. I've ben out your way a few times, and due to do some again soon. I imagine your weather is pretty entertaining to watch!

As for photo hints, are you attaching them directly, or linking home from a photo sharing site? If the latter, they usually have a method to select the display size. If attachments, then you need to scale them down on your end before attaching them to the post.

Glad you found us!
Steve
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: Mapleman1 on January 26, 2016, 12:02:34 am
Thanks guys! I'm on my iPad , and for the life of me I can't figure out how to resize a photo. ( I know this is a weather forum not a photo forum  [computer]) I used a resizing app and resized a couple to the max 1024 size and then tried to repost and they still come in way over sized. The top left corner of the pic shows up? I can tell the image has been reduced in quiuity by resizing it but it's actually size it sill way to big. [banghead




I used photobucket to resize this to 640 , I try the max of 1024 and you could see the image but you had to scroll to the right to see the whole image??
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 26, 2016, 12:10:54 am
Absolutely no experience with resizing on an iPad. Highly recommend registering (free) at Photobucket.com (they even have an app, although I've only used the desktop version). I've uploaded at least 150 images there and it shows I've used 3% of my available, free space. It has some nice editing features and linking to an image there will also help the space required at any forum where you 'post' an image; the space used is at Photobucket, not the forums. ;)

I'm now investigating the app on my iPhone. If I can do something there, the iPad should be a snap! :)

It does have ads along the bottom of the screen... but most 'free' apps do. [rolleyes2]

I see your 'selfie'. That size is fine with me, even though I have to scroll sideways a bit. I keep my browser window at only 1200 x 900 pixels, normally. I also have1000 x 800 and even an 800 x 600 pixel rectangles on my home page. It helps me make sure any web page I create will fit even older computers!  :o The problem is that most forum software has a column or two on the sides of their pages which means images displayed in a post won't be able to use the whole width of the browser window. Really old forum software will even cause the entire page to stretch to display those wide images and then every post also becomes that wide forcing viewers to scroll horizontally just to read any post, even the ones without images! [banghead] Fortunately that's not the case here. [cheer]

I hope you have some mattresses or even a trampoline on that deck behind you... a good healthy gust and you could be 'testing' them out! ???
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 26, 2016, 12:37:49 am
Oh well, there doesn't seem to be the one thing you're interested in with the Photobucket iPhone app; all kinds of edits... except resizing! "Crop"? Sure, but that's not the kind of resizing we're talking about. [banghead]
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: Mapleman1 on January 26, 2016, 12:52:17 am
I hope you have some mattresses or even a trampoline on that deck behind you... a good healthy gust and you could be 'testing' them out! ???
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Ironically enough, when we were on the roof, the win was 0 mph which is very unusual here. Calm before the storm I guess. Here's some pic's of install day...
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: Mapleman1 on January 26, 2016, 12:56:07 am
And a couple of the start of the storm and the last one was in the hart of it. We only ended up with about 6" all said and done. My top gust was 31 mph , I was hoping for more. I'm going to get a 25 foot pole so the altimeter is up with the tops of the trees.
Title: Better luck
Post by: dfw_pilot on January 26, 2016, 12:59:56 am
I think you will have better luck and more accurate readings if you mount your ISS nearer the ground, around your deck, while keeping the anemometer up on the roof. Plus, it makes for much less hassle when needing to clean/inspect/change batteries/re-attach wires/ etc.

I think the best resizing tool is the free one in your applications folder (not on the iPad): Preview. Open a picture and select: Tools->Adjust Size. It's simple, works great, and does a great job. I use it all the time.

Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: Better luck
Post by: Mapleman1 on January 26, 2016, 01:08:12 am
I think you will have better luck and more accurate readings if you mount your ISS nearer the ground, around your deck, while keeping the anemometer up on the roof. Plus, it makes for much less hassle when needing to clean/inspect/change batteries/re-attach wires/ etc.

Welcome to the forum.

Agreed , one thing at a time, going to move the ISS to the ground in the spring, just wanted to get it up and running and test everything out and I didn't have enough to wire to move the altimeter to the roof and leave the ISS by the deck. I will get the wireless transmitter. They are not the best looking objects , I have a well landscaped property, not exactly what we want to look at but it's slowly growing on me and my wife I hope. I'm going to mount it on a mahogany post to match the deck.
Title: Re: Better luck
Post by: Steve on January 26, 2016, 02:35:57 am

Agreed , one thing at a time, going to move the ISS to the ground in the spring, just wanted to get it up and running and test everything out and I didn't have enough to wire to move the altimeter to the roof and leave the ISS by the deck. I will get the wireless transmitter. They are not the best looking objects , I have a well landscaped property, not exactly what we want to look at but it's slowly growing on me and my wife I hope. I'm going to mount it on a mahogany post to match the deck.

Is that why you mounted it on the slope of the roof? I was going to comment that you'll get a better reading straddling the peak with the anemometer. I'm using a wireless transmitter, too, and it makes locations much more flexible. Plus the transmitter can be down where you can reach it to change batteries every few years.

It looks like you have a wide open yard to find a location for the ISS.

(http://smorris.smugmug.com/Weather/Setup/i-D7JzzXq/0/XL/DSC0045-XL.jpg)
Title: Welcome! (Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma )
Post by: elagache on January 26, 2016, 03:26:50 am
Dear WeatherCat welcoming committee,

Sorry it is has been a long day for me too but . . .

Welcome Tobin to the WeatherCat forum!! (http://www.canebas.org/WeatherCat/Forum_support_documents/Custom_emoticons/welcome_smiley.gif)

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 26, 2016, 04:36:05 am
There's some good info here on <siting the various weather instruments (http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=438.0)>. Unfortunately, trees, houses, hills apparently have not read the info...

Hare's a thread on<how some have mounted stuff (http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=969.0)>. Not sure I remember any mahogany posts, however. Mine is cedar but the bottom of the post is a couple of inches above ground level! It's a secret levitation method I found at Home Depot...

Here's a sample of my 'shade tree engineering (http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=1632.msg14281#msg14281)' when I was in the testing phase. Only thing I'd do differently would be to stain the 2 x 10's to match the shingles...
:o  [lol2]  :P
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: Bull Winkus on January 26, 2016, 04:54:27 am
Welcome Mapleman1!

As the lady said to her contractor husband about the money he'd just spent on a weather station (at least that's what he thought she was talking about), "Getting it up is the most important thing. The hard part can come later after it warms up."

Looks like you've got it figured out. I was going to say something about that roof throwing off quite a bit of heat from the sun, but I see it's just temporary.

I do all photo handling, especially size editing in Preview in OS X. It has all the control you need, including changing those screen captures to jpg from png.

Welcome again!
 [cheers1]
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: Blicj11 on January 26, 2016, 07:31:37 am
Welcome to the WeatherCar Forum MapleMan. Glad to have you join us.
Title: Re: Better luck
Post by: Mapleman1 on January 26, 2016, 01:01:25 pm
Ya steve, that exactly why I put it on the slope and not on the peak of the roof. I was hiding the bulky legs of the tripod behind the rigde of the roof so you can only see the poll from the front of the house and the road. ( nice morning glories behind your ISS!! )

 I've been in a heavy debate with myself about looking at R2D2 right by my deck, right in our main viewing area, or putting it up on the roof. I know from reading as well as you guy mentioning it right away that the ISS would be more accurate on ground level. I thought maybe a degree or two off on the temp, would be worth the trade off of having to look at R2D2 all the time. That's one of the reasons I bought the 24 hr fan model. But I have decided to move it to the ground ( I think) after all. I guess the humidity would also be off a bit as well. as I've said I've got a nice piece of property and spent a LOT of time and money on landscaping and making my property look nice. A giant metal tripod with R2D2 on top does not exactly go with the decore  :-\

Thanks guys for all the tips on resizing !! The resize tool in preferences sounds like it nice and easy to use. I found a free app called 'SimpleResize' ( go figure) for the iPad that seems to work. I like to snap simple pics with my iPhone , have them show up on my iPad through photo steam and sit in my lazy boy in the evenings and use my iPad as apposed to sitting at my computer desk. I found that 480x640 seems to fit nice without having to scroll sideways.

xairbusdriver, thanks for the links , some cool pics in those forums , nice to see how others do things.

One more question and probably time to move this to another topic but can someone give me the link to how you guys go about getting your own mini websites at the bottom of your posts. I will set mine up soon. In the mean time I would like to know how Edouard gets the simple weather underground link under his web page at the bottom of his posts.

Thanks again everyone's! Tobin
Title: Banner
Post by: dfw_pilot on January 27, 2016, 01:13:19 am
Banner Info (http://wiki.trixology.com/index.php/Photo_to_active_banner_tutorial)

Don't discount that with good gardening and landscaping skills you can hide your ISS behind or in something evergreen. Our ISS is in a side yard so it isn't seen from the back porch.
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 27, 2016, 04:28:33 am
The most difficult problem for me was to find a spot with the most horizontal clearance from the house and trees. You mentioned having lots of wind, so your ISS needs to be as far from any "rain shadow" as possible to get accurate rain data. Hopefully, your wife won't notice your cutting down all the trees in a 200' radius of the ISS... [lol]
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 27, 2016, 05:58:55 pm
Thanks for cajoling me into creating a banner, dfw_pilot! [blush] It's not often an F/O can get a left-seater to do anything he hadn't thought of! [rolleyes2] [lol] I did have to edit my .htaccess file a bit, however. [computer] I was blocking any requests for ".jpg" and several other image files. I think that was from a suggestion I read somewhere on preventing 'hot-linking' to ones images. (http://i1327.photobucket.com/albums/u666/xAirbusDriver/Thinking_zps6auyy8fj.gif)
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: Blicj11 on January 27, 2016, 06:06:36 pm
Thanks for cajoling me into creating a banner, dfw_pilot! [blush]

'bout time. Looks good.
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 27, 2016, 06:14:35 pm
Thanks! I may be slow, but then I peter out... I just get envious when some young whipper-snapper makes a better 'landing' than I did! [rolleyes2] Of course, that's usually pure luck... for them, not me!!! [lol]
Title: F/O Banner
Post by: dfw_pilot on January 27, 2016, 09:35:57 pm
Hey, nice banner!!

You know what they say about F/O's . . . they're a dime a dozen.
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 27, 2016, 10:22:36 pm
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they're a dime a dozen
Inflation raises its ugly head, again! [banghead]  [rockon]  [lol]
Title: Thanks for the installation photos (Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma )
Post by: elagache on January 27, 2016, 11:30:27 pm
Dear Tobin and WeatherCat weather instrument placement consultants,

I'm catching up on this thread as well.

Ironically enough, when we were on the roof, the win was 0 mph which is very unusual here. Calm before the storm I guess. Here's some pic's of install day...

Thanks so much for sharing the photos of your installation.  It is an interesting way to set your station up.  If you feel up to it, you might cut and paste your discussion and include it on this thread:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=1842.0 (http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=1842.0)

It always helps a newcomer to have some idea how others set up their weather instruments.

Thanks again!  [tup]

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]
Title: Re: Banner
Post by: Mapleman1 on January 28, 2016, 11:26:39 pm
Banner Info (http://wiki.trixology.com/index.php/Photo_to_active_banner_tutorial)

Don't discount that with good gardening and landscaping skills you can hide your ISS behind or in something evergreen. Our ISS is in a side yard so it isn't seen from the back porch.

Thanks for the link dfw_pilot ! I've been really busy , but when I've got some free time I will give it a try.

I will do my best to hide it, but with all the ornamental trees I have , the only place I can put it that it will get accurate rain fall is right by my deck. In some of my pics it looks like there is a lot of room in my yard , but when all the trees and shrubs are leafed out there are not to many spots that are not obstructed.....
Title: Re: Thanks for the installation photos (Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma )
Post by: Mapleman1 on January 28, 2016, 11:35:09 pm
Dear Tobin and WeatherCat weather instrument placement consultants,

I'm catching up on this thread as well.

Ironically enough, when we were on the roof, the win was 0 mph which is very unusual here. Calm before the storm I guess. Here's some pic's of install day...

Thanks so much for sharing the photos of your installation.  It is an interesting way to set your station up.  If you feel up to it, you might cut and paste your discussion and include it on this thread:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=1842.0 (http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=1842.0)

It always helps a newcomer to have some idea how others set up their weather instruments.

Thanks again!  [tup]

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

Edouard, do you mean move this whole thread over or are you saying just cut and paste some of the photos I've posted? I did take a look at that thread..... Some really cool pic's, I would like to add to it for sure .

Thanks again , Tobin
Title: Re: Greeting from Cape Cod, Ma
Post by: xairbusdriver on January 29, 2016, 01:47:50 am
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Thanks for the link dfw_pilot !... when I've got some free time I will give it a try.
Just one tip. Read the tiny print on the Banner Generator window (probably in the Manual, also). There is some great info there that I didn't read soon enough to keep me from wasting at least an hour moving things around!

OK, one more tip: You may have noticed that some folks have lines to help separate items and maybe even help get them all aligned. If you have an image editor that lets you work in layers, design one layer with just some some horizontal and maybe vertical lines (basically a grid). You can turn off/hide the other layers and save the to place into the Banner Generator while you move around the weather data. When thhings are where you want them, go back to the image editor, turn off the 'grid/line' layer and save again (if you hadn't already) and then drag that final image into the Banner Generator. It will automatically hide the grid/line image and your data will be neat and orderly!

Don't delete that 'grid/line' layer, just hide it. You may need to use it again on the next image you want to use! [tup]

Stu did a great job on designing/coding this Generator! A lot of work for a rather little used item in the huge WC project! [cheer]

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with all the ornamental trees I have , the only place I can put it that it will get accurate rain fall is right by my deck.
Perhaps you can give us a max-zoomed Google map view of your yard? Then we can give you at least a dozen opinions on where to put the ISS! [woohoo]
Title: Write up to help others emulate (Re: Thanks for the installation photos)
Post by: elagache on January 29, 2016, 11:48:55 pm
Dear Tobin and WeatherCat station caregivers, . . . .

Edouard, do you mean move this whole thread over or are you saying just cut and paste some of the photos I've posted? I did take a look at that thread..... Some really cool pic's, I would like to add to it for sure .

I was thinking mostly this particular post:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=2012.msg18365#msg18365 (http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=2012.msg18365#msg18365)

and possibility some details from this post:

http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=2012.msg18361#msg18361 (http://athena.trixology.com/index.php?topic=2012.msg18361#msg18361)

and any extra details you might think would help someone who was thinking about setting up a station like you've done.  The intent is to help one another get more satisfaction from our stations by improving the quality of our data and making the station easier to maintain.

By the way no rush on doing this.  I made a major reconfiguration to my station in February last year and still haven't managed to write it up.  It doesn't help me that I'm hunting down a classic car fuel injection problem and a mysterious bug in my illustration software . . . .  [banghead]

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]