About Howick Weather Station

Weather station

The weather station is a wireless Davis Vantage Pro 2 unit, located in the Howick area. Howick is an eastern suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. The station was set up in early December of 2009.

The weather station is comprised of 3 parts: the indoor console, the anemometer (for wind speed and direction), and ISS (Integrated Sensor Suite). The ISS combines the rain gauge, temperature and humidity sensors into a single unit. The temperature and humidity sensors are housed within a durable fan-aspirated solar radiation shield in order to maximise accuracy. Both the anemometer and the ISS transmit their data to the indoor console, which is connected to a PC by USB cable.

The data sent to the PC is continuously monitored by Cumulus, which stores all data received and keeps track of all the daily extremes and weather station records. Cumulus uploads live data to the website at regular intervals.

Website

This website presents weather information as recorded by the weather station. It is hosted locally, in central Auckland.

This current site is about the 4th different website since Howick Weather Station first went online. As a budding web developer, I have been constantly creating new features and whole new websites for all of my weather data as I continue to learn and gain experience. I particularly enjoy building interactive graphics and data visualisations.

Contact me

Got any comments, questions or suggestions? You can contact me at the following address:

feedback@howickweather.co.nz

Using data

You may use the data on this website for projects, research, etc. but please acknowledge this website by listing the website address.

If you are unable to find the data you need in an easy-to-download format, please contact me. I will be happy to help.

Credits & Acknowledgements

Here are the third party libraries I am using on this website:

  • The jQuery library
  • Highcharts (JavaScript graphing library)
  • D3 (JavaScript data visualisation library)
  • Normalize.css
  • The jquery-cookie add-on
  • Modernizr (browser feature/support detection)
  • Lo-dash (javascript utilities library)

Also, rainfall icons used on the home page are by Stardock (http://www.stardock.com). Use of the icons requires me to link their permissions file.

Weather station photos

The outdoor weather station components
Main outdoor unit Anemometer
The indoor weather station console
Weather station console

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