Launched June 1, 2004
Woburn Weather Center is located in Woburn, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Woburn, Massachusetts, is located about 10 miles northwest of Boston, nearly at the head of the Mystic River Valley and roughly halfway between Lowell and Boston. L-shaped and comprising 13 square miles of land, it is a small city of approximately 37,000 people. We are bordered by the towns of Wilmington on the north, Stoneham and Reading on the east, Winchester on the South, and Burlington and Lexington on the west.
Purpose of this website is to provide local weather observation data live from my private weather station along with other public available information. This is a private non-commercial project intended to provide our community with a free weather information service via the Internet. The reason for the project is that I am a weather nut, and I truly enjoy producing this website.
In addition to the data presented here at pauland.net the Woburn Weather Center Data is submitted to several weather data repositories these include:
- Citizen Weather Observer Program - Station Data
- Citizen Weather Observer Program - Daily Weather Quality Chart
- Weather Underground
- Weather For You / PWS Weather
- British Weather Observations Website (WOW)
The weather data is gathered by a Davis Instruments wireless VANTAGE PRO2 WEATHER STATION. The station measures barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed as well as wind direction,and much more. The main weather station instrumentation consists of a Temperature gauge, rain gauge, and a Humidity sensor. These are mounted on a post in the back yard. A wind anemometer is mounted on the roof of the house. A barometric pressure gauge is inside the house. Here's a photo of the temperature, humidity, and rainfall sensors, along with one of the solar powered transmitters, which transmit the data to the desktop control unit.
The weather station is connected to a PC which in turn is connected to the internet 24/7 via a Local Area Network , router, and Cable Modem. The P.C. and software are the real heart of a system such as this, they do the bulk of the work.
Software / Hardware History
June 1 , 2004 to December 31 , 2009
The weather station ran on a Pentium-III PC, running Windows 2000 and Virtual Weather Station Software.
January 1, 2010 to September 6 , 20017
The weather station ran on a SheevaPlug plug computer , running the Debian Linux Operating System , and WVIEW Weather Station Software.
This was truly an amazing hardware / software combination. Although the SheevaPlug had a modest 1.2Ghz processor, and a mere 512Mb of memory, it proved itself to be a real work horse, it's simple amazing how much work that mini server did day in and day out,for over 7 years with scarcely a problem or complaint. The software also proved itself to be extremely reliable and robust. Sadly the Wview software has not seen a new release since 03/17/2012 so it became harder to run because of it's use of outdated and unsupported libraries and dependencies. Time to move on to new software.
September 7 , 20017
The weather station is currently running on an Asus EeeBox EB1033 PC. It's a mini PC with a Intel Celeron J1900 / 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Processor, with 8 GB of ram. Running the Debian operating system and weeWX weather station software. weeWx is somewhat of a descendant of Wview, it's primary software developer, Tom Keffer, was a former Wview user. It uses the same database schema, so all the stations historical data was easily carried forward. weeWx is currently under very active development and has a large user help group. weeWX does everything I need so it will just be the typical learning curve to get things just the way I want.