About this Weather Station
The personal weather station (PWS) is located in the City of Shelby Ohio, The station is privately owned and operated. It is not affiliated with the City of Shelby and should not be considered an officially recognized station for weather reporting for Shelby Ohio, or the National Weather Service. Though the National Weather Service uses the information supplied to help with weather monitoring.
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The station hardware is the WS-1080 Pro model, manufactured by Ambient Weather WS-1080 Wireless Home Weather Station. With nary a problem to its name, the station has been in continuous 24/7 operation since September 2010.
The station is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge, and a thermo-hydro sensor with a fan-aspirated radiation shield. The station wirelessly transmits all data to an indoor console, about 45 feet away. at a elevation of 20 feet. The indoor console has a wired USB connection to a PC-based computer running Microsoft Windows 7.
Temperature, humidity, wind, and rain data are collected by the station and transmitted continuously to the indoor console. All raw data, including barometric pressure, are then processed and uploaded to this website using Weather Display weather station software. This website is updated with station data approximately every 5 seconds.
Weather Display is also used to continuously upload data from this station to the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP), PWS Weather (a partnership between HAMweather and Weather For You), and Weather Underground. The data upload frequency to these resources varies from 5 seconds to 15 minutes.
CWOP in particular is instrumental in sharing PWS data with the rest of the world. CWOP servers continuously transmit PWS data to FINDU, a database for archiving weather, geographic location, telemetry, and message data. At 15-minute intervals, NOAA automatically fetches the latest PWS data from FINDU and ingests it into the MADIS database where all data is quality controlled for accuracy and spatial consistency, and then merged with data from over 25,000 Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) locations. Data from MADIS is then disseminated to other NOAA agencies, including National Weather Service (NWS) offices throughout the United States, which use the data for weather forecasting. Over 500 academic, science, and government organizations around the world use the MADIS data for education and research purposes.