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La Crosse Technology ®

Heavy Weather

Pro

Software User’s Guide

(for 2800 series weather stations with USB connectivity)

Revision: 1.3

CONTENTS

Contents ........................................................................................................................................................................

2

Overview........................................................................................................................................................................

6

Getting Started ..............................................................................................................................................................

7

Licensing....................................................................................................................................................................

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System Requirements ...............................................................................................................................................

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Set up Your Weather Station Hardware....................................................................................................................

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Download the Software ............................................................................................................................................

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Installation.....................................................................................................................................................................

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Installing the Heavy Weather Pro Software ..............................................................................................................

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Installing the USB Communication Device ..............................................................................................................

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Synchronizing...............................................................................................................................................................

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What is synchronizing?............................................................................................................................................

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Synchronization checklist ........................................................................................................................................

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Putting the Heavy Weather Pro software in Synchronize Mode.............................................................................

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Synchronizing During (or immediately after) Installation...................................................................................

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Synchronizing Any Time (other than during installation of the software)..........................................................

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Putting the Weather Station in Synchronize Mode.................................................................................................

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If Synchronization is Not Successful ........................................................................................................................

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Repeating the Synchronization Process..............................................................................................................

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Operation.....................................................................................................................................................................

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Main window...........................................................................................................................................................

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Menu .......................................................................................................................................................................

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File.......................................................................................................................................................................

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Edit......................................................................................................................................................................

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View ....................................................................................................................................................................

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Extras ..................................................................................................................................................................

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Help.....................................................................................................................................................................

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Options ....................................................................................................................................................................

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Setting Alarms .........................................................................................................................................................

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Min Max Values.......................................................................................................................................................

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Graphical Forecast...................................................................................................................................................

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Temperature and Humidity.....................................................................................................................................

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Dewpoint Temperature...........................................................................................................................................

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What is the “dewpoint”? ....................................................................................................................................

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The relationship between dewpoint, Temperature and relative humidity ........................................................

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How does the dewpoint affect me?....................................................................................................................

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Min and max dewpoint.......................................................................................................................................

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Windchill..................................................................................................................................................................

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What is wind chill? ..............................................................................................................................................

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How does wind chill affect me?..........................................................................................................................

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Relative (air) Pressure .............................................................................................................................................

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What is relative pressure? ..................................................................................................................................

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Air pressure and weather forecasting ................................................................................................................

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Relative Pressure Alarm......................................................................................................................................

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Rain..........................................................................................................................................................................

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Last hour .............................................................................................................................................................

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Last 24 Hours ......................................................................................................................................................

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Last week ............................................................................................................................................................

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Last month ..........................................................................................................................................................

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Total ....................................................................................................................................................................

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Wind Speed and Direction.......................................................................................................................................

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Current Wind Speed ...........................................................................................................................................

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Wind Direction History Indicators.......................................................................................................................

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Gust.....................................................................................................................................................................

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Max .....................................................................................................................................................................

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Alarm...................................................................................................................................................................

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Charts, Graphs and Trends ..........................................................................................................................................

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Overview .................................................................................................................................................................

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The History file....................................................................................................................................................

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What is a Template? ...........................................................................................................................................

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What is a Graph?.................................................................................................................................................

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Main window...........................................................................................................................................................

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The File Management window................................................................................................................................

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History tab ..........................................................................................................................................................

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template tab .......................................................................................................................................................

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Graph tab ............................................................................................................................................................

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Working with History Data and Files .......................................................................................................................

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Viewing History Data records .............................................................................................................................

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Working With Template Files ..................................................................................................................................

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The Template Properties Window ......................................................................................................................

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Saving a Template as a Graph .................................................................................................................................

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Working with Graphs and Templates......................................................................................................................

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Opening a Graph.................................................................................................................................................

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Identifying The Chart Type..................................................................................................................................

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Moving the Chart ................................................................................................................................................

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Zooming In ..........................................................................................................................................................

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Zooming Out .......................................................................................................................................................

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Troubleshooting / FAQ ................................................................................................................................................

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Heavy Weather Pro loses connection with my weather station overnight.............................................................

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How Do I Export Data From Heavy Weather?.........................................................................................................

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The Wind, Outdoor Temp, Dewpoint and Windchill are Blank ...............................................................................

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Heavy weather pro does not reconnect to the weather station.............................................................................

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Why do I see big spikes in the wind or rain data?...................................................................................................

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I have lost connection with my external rain and/or wind sensor(s)......................................................................

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Uninstalling Heavy Weather....................................................................................................................................

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OVERVIEW

Welcome to Heavy Weather Pro, the display and management software application designed for use with your La Crosse® Technology wireless personal weather station.

Heavy Weather Pro allows you to use a PC to monitor and record weather data received from

your La Crosse® Technology wireless weather station, via a proprietary USB device that was provided with your 2800 series weather station.

You can monitor and record a variety of data collected by your weather station including both indoor and external values sampled by the various weather station sensors.

You can also review weather history data, and analyze trends and tendencies over time using the software's charts and graphing features.

The following pages detail the features and usage of the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

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GETTING STARTED

Let’s go over the things needed to prepare for installing the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

LICENSING

Heavy Weather Pro software is licensed to you free of charge with the qualifying purchase of a La Crosse® Technology hardware model. You may install it on one PC, and if desired, the same owner may install one

additional copy on one notebook. Reasonable backups of the software may be made for disaster recovery purposes. If you transfer the hardware to a new owner, you must uninstall and transfer the software CD with the unit, safely destroying, to the reasonable extent possible, related backup media.

Legal Notices

Copyright 2009

©La Crosse Technology USA All rights reserved.

We reserve the right to delete or change any image whether or not uploaded onto the La Crosse Technology server by a user of the Heavy Weather software products.

The Heavy Weather software products are protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties and well as other intellectual property laws and treaties.

The Heavy Weather software products are licensed for use with the La Crosse Technology® wireless weather station only.

The Heavy Weather software products may not be separated for use on any other product not authorized by La Crosse Technology®.

La Crosse Technology® may provide you with support services related to the Heavy Weather software products.

All title and copyrights in and to the Heavy Weather software products (including but not limited to any images, photographs, animations, video, audio, music and text incorporated into the Heavy Weather software products), the accompanying printed materials, and any copies of the Heavy Weather software products are owned by La Crosse Technology® or its suppliers.

You may not copy the printed materials accompanying the Heavy Weather software products.

These statements are a summarized version of the license and legal notes. If you have further questions, please contact La Crosse Technology® Customer Support at 1 888 211 1923.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

To use the Heavy Weather Pro software, the minimum requirements for your PC are as follows:

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows XP (SP3 or greater)

Windows Vista (SP1 or greater)

Windows 7

Internet service is required to download the software and manuals. Its ongoing use is only required if you intend to use the temperature upload features in the software.

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SET UP YOUR WEATHER STATION HARDWARE

Before installing the Heavy Weather Pro software on your computer, you should complete the setup of your La Crosse Technology® wireless weather station. If you have not already setup your weather station, please take the time to do so before continuing with the installation of the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

For detailed instructions regarding the setup and usage of your La Crosse Technology® weather station hardware, please refer to the Quick Setup Manual provided with the weather station, or the weather station Operations Manual which can be found online atwww.lacrossetechnology.com/2812.

If the weather station and all sensors are working properly, the weather station should be displaying values in all of the various data fields, as shown.

If your weather station is showing values like these, it is receiving data from the sensors and is ready to be connected to the Heavy Weather Pro software and your PC.

DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE

If you have not already done so, or do not have the latest version of the Heavy Weather Pro software application, you may download it for free.

To download the software, go to www.lacrossetechnology.com/2812.

Save the installation file to your computer (remember to make a note regarding where you save it – you’ll need this later).

Note: I f you do not have internet access where you are installing the software, you will need to download the software from another location and save it to CD or disk, or contact Technical Support.

INSTALLATION

Ok let’s take a second and double check that we’re ready to install our Heavy Weather software. At this point, we should have:

The weather station itself set up and receiving data from the internal and external sensors.

Verified that the computer meets the minimum system requirements.

Downloaded or otherwise acquired the latest Heavy Weather Pro software application.

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If you have met these requirements, we’re ready to install the software. There are two parts to installing the Heavy Weather Pro software:

Installing the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

Installing or connecting the USB communication device to the PC.

INSTALLING THE HEAVY WEATHER PRO SOFTWARE

Locate the Heavy Weather Pro application file (this is the file you downloaded earlier). It is typically named setup_hw_wv5.exe. Double click the exe file to start the installation process. When the dialog below appears, click ‘Next’.

Click “Next” again to accept the default location for installation.

Note: If you are running a previous 3600 series weather station, install this software to a different location to avoid device conflict. To change the installation directory, just change the destination folder name.

Click ‘Next’ again to accept the default name for the Heavy

Weather application.

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When the ‘Ready to Install’ dialog appears, click the ‘Install’ button to begin the software installation process.

During the installation, the ‘Installing’ shows the installation progress.

When the ‘Completing…’ dialog appears, Heavy Weather Pro has finished installing.

Click “Finish” to complete the installation and start the Heavy Weather Pro application (if the checkbox labeled “Launch Heavy Weather” is selected). The installation has also added an icon to the desktop, and under Programs from which you can start the application at any time.

INSTALLING THE USB COMMUNICATION DEVICE

To install the USB communication device, simply plug it into any available USB port on the computer where you have installed the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

No driver installation is necessary because the USB device is self registering. Once the Heavy Weather Pro software is installed and synchronized, it will automatically connect to the USB device.

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Although the USB communication device can be installed on any USB port connected to your computer, using a non powered USB hub or extension cable increases the chance for interruptions between the USB communication device and your computer. Where obstructions are an issue, a good quality 6ft USB extension cable can be used if it is directly connected to either a powered hub or a port on the computer itself.

For best performance, we recommend that the USB device be connected to a USB port directly on your computer. An externally powered USB hub can be used, but avoid using a self powered USB hub or extension cable longer than 6ft.These USB extension devices cannot generate sufficient power to maintain ongoing communication.

SYNCHRONIZING

WHAT IS SYNCHRONIZING?

Synchronizing is the process of telling the weather station and the Heavy Weather software how to talk to each other. The weather station and the USB communication device first go through an identification or introduction process. During this process, the weather station will send out a signal identifying itself with a special identification code. The USB device also sends out a signal with an identification code. When the two devices locate each other, they store the ID code of the other device, so they can ‘lock onto’ each other. This allows the weather station and the software (through the USB device) to connect and communicate again, should they ever lose connection with each other. It also means that once they are locked onto each other, they won’t interfere with another weather station that may be nearby (this keeps the neighbors happy).

SYNCHRONIZATION CHECKLIST

Before we begin to synchronize the Heavy Weather Pro software with your La Crosse Technology® weather station, let’s make sure that all of the components are ready to go.

1.The weather station is set up and receiving data.

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET INSTALLED AND CONFIGURED THE WEATHER STATION, please refer to the installation and setup documentation for your weather station before continuing with the synchronization.

2.The USB communication device is installed properly.

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET INSTALLED THE USB COMMUNICATION DEVICE, please refer to the section on installing the USB communication device and do that before continuing.

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3.The Heavy Weather Pro software is installed.

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET INSTALLED THE HEAVY WEATHER PRO SOFTWARE, please refer to the section on installing Heavy Weather before continuing.

Ok, if the things listed above are complete, let’s begin the synchronization of our weather station with our computer (USB device)! To do this, we need to:

1.Put the weather station into Synchronize mode.

2.Put the software into Synchronize mode.

PUTTING THE HEAVY WEATHER PRO SOFTWARE IN SYNCHRONIZE MODE

SYNCHRONIZING DURING (OR IMMEDIATELY AFTER) INSTALLATION

If you begin the synchronizing process directly from the installation, you will see a dialog on your computer like the one below.

If you see this dialog, skip to the section on Putting the Weather Station in

Synchronize Mode.

SYNCHRONIZING ANY TIME (OTHER THAN DURING INSTALLATION OF THE SOFTWARE)

If for any reason the weather station and USB communication device/software lose connection with each other (replacing the batteries, shut down of the computer, etc), or if you are setting up the Heavy Weather Pro software for the first time and did not synchronize with the software during installation, you can always redo the synchronization.

To start the synchronization process manually:

Locate the menu bar at the top of the Heavy Weather Pro software application.

Click the “Extras” menu choice.

Select “Resynchronize”.

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When you click the Resynchronize menu option, the Synchronize dialog will appear.

Once we have the synchronize dialog displayed on your computer we are ready to put the weather station in synchronize mode.

DON’T CLICK THE SYNCHRONIZE BUTTON YET!

At this point, we need to leave the software portion of the synchronization process and get the weather station into synchronize mode.

The reason we need to now prepare the weather station for synchronization is that once the Synchronize button is pressed, the software will scan for a weather station for approximately 30 seconds.

The same is true of the weather station – once it is put into synchronize mode it will scan for a USB device for approximately 30 seconds. We need to have both the software and the weather station in synch mode at the same time for the synchronization to be successful.

Place the weather station approximately 3 to 6 feet from the USB communications device (the USB device is attached to your computer at this point).

Note: The software will refer to this as the ‘USB Stick’.

With the synchronize dialog displayed on your computer, continue to the section titledPutting the Weather Station in Synchronize Mode.

PUTTING THE WEATHER STATION IN SYNCHRONIZE MODE

To synchronize the weather station with our computer, we need to put the weather station into scan or synchronize mode.

QUICK INSTRUCTIONS

On the weather station, press and hold the button showing a down arrow until the weather station beeps (approximately 3 4 seconds). Next click the synchronize button on the software (the ‘Synchronize’ message box should still be displayed on your computer) and the weather station will attempt to synchronize to your PC. Within a minute or two, data from the weather station will display on the Current Weather tab on your computer.

For detailed instructions, continue to the next section.

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DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS

To tell the weather station to start communicating with the software, press and hold the button showing a down arrow until the weather station beeps (approximately 3 4 seconds).

When you hear the beep, this indicates that the weather station is now searching for the USB communication device.

While the weather station searches for a USB communication device, it will display ‘SCn PC’ next to the time.

The weather station should now be in scan mode. Now on your computer, click the Synchronize button.

When the weather station finds the USB device, it will beep and the display will show ‘PC’ in the lower line (unless the date is being displayed). The software will then update with the current weather data from the display.

This indicates that the weather station has successfully connected (“synchronized”) with the USB communications device (software).

Note: If the date is being displayed, you will not see “PC”.

Note: It can take up to 30 seconds for the synchronization to complete.

Note: You may have to try the synchronization process more than once.

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IF SYNCHRONIZATION IS NOT SUCCESSFUL

If the synchronization process is not successful; you will see a message similar to the one to the right. At this point, you will need to retry the synchronization.

REPEATING THE SYNCHRONIZATION PROCESS

To repeat the synchronization process, we need to put both the

weather station and the software into synch mode again. To do this press the down arrow on the display, then click the Synchronize button on the ‘Synchronize message box (on the software).

Please refer to the preceding sections for details on the synchronization process.

OPERATION

This section covers the operation of your Heavy Weather Pro software application.

Note: In this document, we will not address the operation of your weather station, except where it pertains to the Heavy Weather software application. For more information regarding the operation of your La Crosse Technology® weather station, please refer to the documentation provided for your specific model.

MAIN WINDOW

The main window of Heavy Weather Pro is where you can review all of the weather attributes reported from your weather station.

The left side of the main window is referred to as the File Management window. We talk more about this in the section on Charts and Graphs since that is where it is mainly used.

The right side of the main window is a tabbed dialog, which means it can display several windows at once, with each window distinguished by a tab at the top. When we are looking at Current Weather, this window will show all of the weather properties collected from the internal and external sensors. This section will talk about those properties in detail.

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MENU

There are several menu options available from the Heavy Weather Pro main window. This section briefly describes the functions accessible through these menu options.

FILE

New Template: create a new template file.

Open: Open an existing saved template or graph file.

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Save as Graph: Save the current data plot as a Graph file.

Export as text: Export the history records as a comma delimited text file. (for import into a spreadsheet application – you must be on the Data tab page to export history information)

Print: To print a current plot or Graph (Note: history data must first be exported to be printed).

Exit: Close the Heavy Weather Pro application.

EDIT

Delete Datasets:

This allows you to delete one or more records from a dataset. To delete a record, make sure you have the Current Weather window displayed.

Then Select the Data tab in the lower left corner of the Weather/Data window.

By default the Data tab will open the current history.dat file which is actively receiving data from the weather sensors. If you wish to edit a different history file, then you need to open the History tab in theFile Management window. The history records for that history file will be displayed in the Data window. Select the row(s) you wish to delete and click ‘Delete datasets…’.

Warning: Double check that you are on the correct history.dat file before you begin deleting any data. In any event, we recommend that you maintain a saved copy of the history.dat file at all times.

Note: You can also delete records from a history file by selecting them and hitting the Delete key on your keyboard.

Properties:

This option allows you to set/alter all properties of your template. For details see the Working with Template Files section.

To view the properties of a template, you must select and open the template, then click Properties.

Note: If a graph is displayed, you can view its properties but they cannot be changed. A graph is a permanent chart of data points. If the properties of a graph need to be changed, a new graph must be created.

VIEW

Show Current Weather: Show or hide the Current Weather window.

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History Files: show or hide the History tab in the file management window.

Template Files: Show or hide the Template tab in the file management window.

Graph Files: Show or hide Graph tab/windows in the file management window.

Show Data ToolTips

If this option is selected, whenever the mouse pointer passes over a graph line, a small pop up window will display information about the data points including corresponding date, time, subject and value.

EXTRAS

Options...

This is the general setting for the display of the language, unit measure and date format on ALL plot/graph/template. Once it is selected, it would affect all opened graphs and template. See the Options Window section for more details on available selections from this window.

Resynchronize...

This allows you to initiate the synchronize process between the weather station and the USB communications device. Please refer to the section on Synchronizing for more details.

Show Current Weather Data File...

This allows you to open a windows explorer window were the current weather data file is selected. The current weather data file contains all current weather data. It is refreshed with the newest weather data everytime new weather data has been received from the weather station. The file can be used by third party applications to process the current weather data.

HELP

Help: Open the Help Document

Visit the Heavy Weather Homepage:

http://www.heavyweather.info

About Heavy Weather: Display copyright and version of the Heavy Weather Pro application.

OPTIONS

From the Options window, you can configure all of the various Heavy Weather Pro application settings.

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GENERAL SETTINGS

Language:

This option sets the language for all windows and dialogs within Heavy Weather Pro. If a new language is selected, the application must be restarted.

Show Help as ToolTips:

Check this box to enable tooltip help wherever it is available.

Recording History File:

This is the path to the history data storage file. You can change the location and name of the history data file here. If you change the filename, a new history data file will be created at the next interval (see Recording Interval).

New:

This button will create a new history file. The new history file will be placed in the location specified in the Recording History File textbox.

Example: If a file named history.dat (the default history file) already exists, the new file will be created with the name history1.dat. If history1.dat already exists, the new file will be named history2.dat and so on.

Creating a new history file will cause all current data to be written to this new filename.

If you plan to track and store data, we recommend that you use a filename other than “history” or “weather”. Typically, file names must start with a letter and not have spaces in them to work properly with other programs.

Note: You can also create a new history file by using the application menu options. Go to Extras, options, and click the square button at the end of Recording History file. Type a new filename and click ok.

WEATHER STATION SETTINGS

Several of the weather station’s properties can be configured from the software. These properties are listed under the Weather Station Settings section of the Options window. When these properties are changed and the Ok

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button is pressed, the Heavy Weather Pro application will transfer those settings to the weather station (if the weather station and computer are synchronized and currently connected via the USB communications device).

Time:

Select either a 12 or 24 hour format for the time displayed on the weather station.

Recording Interval:

This option allows you to control how often Heavy Weather Pro will sample and store the data reported by the weather station. Note: Rain amounts are a total based on the stored amount and the update amount when the data is sampled.

Wind Speed:

Select the format in which the wind speed is displayed on the weather station (m/s (meters per second), knots, bft (beaufort), km/h (kilometers per hour), and mph (miles per hour)).

Temperature:

Select the format in which the temperature is displayed on the weather station (°C (Centigrade) or °F (Fahrenheit)).

Air Pressure:

Select the format in which the Air Pressure is displayed on the weather station (hpa (hectopascal) or inhg (inches of mercury)).

Rain:

Select the format in which the rain is displayed on the weather station (mm (millimeter) or inch).

PC SOFTWARE UNITS

Date:

This option specifies the format of the date when viewing the history records in the Data window (see Working with History files).

Time:

Select either 12 or 24 hour format for the time displayed in the history data file. This is seen when viewing the history data records in the Data window (see Working with History files).

Temperature:

Select the unit of measure used when displaying temperature in the Heavy Weather Pro application (°C or °F).

Air Pressure:

Select the unit of measure for displaying air pressure in the Heavy Weather Pro application (hpa or inhg).

Wind speed:

Select the wind speed measurement unit for display in the Heavy Weather Pro application (m/s, knots, bft, km/h, and mph).

Rain:

Select the format in which the rain is displayed in the Heavy Weather Pro application (mm or inch).

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