now, there are number of ways I could implement this
and I am looking for ideas
1): use the weather conditions from a downloaded aiport metar…i.e wd checks for significant weather events (snow, hail, thunder, gale, heavy rain, fog, etc)
(and then it would be coded , say 4 letter abbreviation sort of thing (e.g THDR )
2): From what you have selected from a list as the significant weather conditions under input daily weather (i would add that)
3): I get WD to just use your data (and if you have a lightning detector, use that to determine if a thunderstorm (i would have to add that as an option and the range and or thresholds for counts per minute etc), and use your own recorded windspeed, and your own fog settings (in the summary image and icon setup) and also have thresholds for heavy rain (i.e total for the day)…and for snow (again from your settings in the summary image and icon setup), etc…this way, it would be retrospective for the current month instead of starting from now with options 1 and 2 above
You know me, I don’t like to rely on other stations for anything to do with my data/conditions/etc. #-o
Number 2 sounded best, even though it would require manual input from the station operator. It would allow each station operator to input personal observations on the days weather.
Number 3 would be my second choice, but it sounds complicated. With so many possibilities I wonder if it would work 100% of the time for 100% of the users. And not all stations have a full array of sensors to determine local conditions.
Number 1 would be my last choice. I download a metar (just for the visibility), but the conditions rarely match with my station/location as it’s in the valley and about 18 miles away.
Number 2 would probably be the best, though I suspect many will not be able to do that on a daily basis because of their work, or travel, etc. Not sure how well the third option would work for those of us who do not have lightning and/or solar available.
OK, I have it working auto now, with this .zip update (build 10): http://www.weather-display.com/downloadfiles/WeatherD.zip
(and unzip the climatedata.html and climatedatayear.html files to your webfiles folder (or add to your customisation of those files) , as there is a fog days and gale days added)
the thresholds for setting snow or fog is what you have set in the summary image and icon setup, thresholds
if the temperature goes below -10oC i have put COLD, or if goes above 35oC I have put HOT
more than 50mm of rain for the day and i will say RAIN
(i guess i will need to make those user selectable thresholds)
the threshold for GALE is 10 minute average speed of 35 knots (38mph or so) or more
( i have 4 gale days last year )