La Crosse Technology WEATHER DISPLAY Manual

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La Crosse Technology WEATHER DISPLAY Manual

Weather Display Manual


Weather Display Manual

Weather Display Manual


Copyright © 1999-2006 Brian Hamilton

Weather Display Manual



About This Site

About Weather Display

Purchase or Register Weather Display

Station Setup

Quick Start

Daily reset Time

Starting: When and How

Weather Station Selection


Logs and Logging

Forecasts and Icons

Replacing Weather Display's Weather Icons

Setting & Tracking Station Location

Connecting to Internet

Viewing WD data remotely

Customize your screens

Using and setting up custom screens

Solar Sensor Setup

Direct web cam capture

Using a web cam image from another web cam program

Using a web cam image from another web cam program, step by step guide

All Day Video Setup

Summary image/weather icons setup

Update to Newer Weather Display Release

Weather Display Manual


Uninstall Weather Display

Setting up to use TAPR

Obtaining Data from Other Sources

PC Time Synchronization

Getting Weather Reports and Metar Data

NOAA US County and Zone Codes

Using Metar Data instead of a real weather station

Setting up the MESOMAP

Providing Data to Other Sources

Sharing Data with Others (APRS, Wunderground, etc.)

Sending Routine Weather Reports

Sending Weather Warnings

Creating a Weather Web Page

Creating a Weather WML Page

Using Custom Tags

Posting WebCam Images to a Web Page

Weather Talker and Telephony

Using XML to show weather data on any web page

Weather Display Custom Tag Reference


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Weather Display Software Hints & Tips


Weather Primers

Information on Heat Index

Information on Apparent Temperature

Weather Display Manual


→ Glossary

Weather Display Forum [1]

External links


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About This Site


1 Introduction

About This Site

Purpose To explain, to those interested, the underlying design philosophy for these Wiki Help pages. The original, self imposed, objectives are:

Page content should be maintainable by any Weather Display forum user who has useful material to add.

No assumptions should be made about the user's computer platform or the Web tools available thereon. While the default for Weather Display is the Microsoft® Windows

operating system, other operating systems are supported. If your content is for Linux, etc. denote that at the top of the content.

Graphics should be lightweight, or sized as small as possible, to reduce download times. Remember, not everyone has a broadband connection.

Page appearance should be consistent from page to page.

Links to external Web sites, where appropriate, are encouraged.

Unlike a static Web page, Wiki's can be edited by anyone who registers. If you see an error, or have content to add, you're encouraged to participate.


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About Weather Display

Weather Display provides more than 3,500 weather enthusiasts a way to get the more from their weather stations.

Not only does it support a huge range of stations from all major manufacturers, but it's also complete with features and options. Features include:

Highly customizable

Support for most major weather stations

Real time, auto scale, and graph history graphing

FTP uploads of the weather data to your Web page, pager, and e-mail notifications of extreme conditions

Uploads to weather collection services such a Weather Underground, Weather For You, CWOP, AWEKAS, Anything Weather, and WEDAAL

Web downloads, METAR/Synop e-mails

Averages/extreme/climate/NOAA reports

Direct Web Cam capture

Web Cam uploading

Animated Web cam images

Grouped file uploads

FTP downloads

About Weather Display


Decoded METAR downloads

APRS output (Internet and direct COM ports)

WAP for wireless data users

Weather dials

Weather voice

Weather answer phone

Dallas 1 wire sensors (lightning counter, solar sensor, barometer sensor, and extra temperature/humidity sensors with any weather station)

Labjack to add extra temperature or humidity sensor to your existing weather station (USB)

... and lots more!

You can also use Weather Display to provide near real-time viewing of your weather data on the Internet using the Weather Display Live add-on.

Weather Display is compatible with Microsoft® Windows 95/NT/98/2000/ME/XP/VISTA and now Linux.

Weather Display

Copyright © 1999 2006 Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton

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New Zealand

Phone: +64 (0)9 2351377


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Purchase or Register Weather Display

Trial Period

When you first download Weather Display it is fully working application. A screen at start up reminds to purchase and register the software.

There is a trial period of 30 days, during which time you can use all of the features of Weather Display. After the 30 days, Weather Display will not longer function. You can still register Weather Display after the expiration of the trial period by providing the registration number of your application. Your data collected during the the trial usage of Weather Display is saved.

Purchase or Register Weather Display


Converting Trial to Registered Version

When payment is received, Brian will provide you with the necessary registration code which you can then use in a separate application that will turn all of the functionality of Weather Display back on.

This utility is located at: exe [1]

Purchasing Registered License

Weather Display is only US$70 for a lifetime registration, which includes all future updates. You can pay the registration fee in five major world currencies.


Notes on Using World Pay

The charging merchant Tokaanuskihire will appear on your credit card bill.

Diner's Club or American Express are not currently accepted.

When you get to the shop, click on Buy 1 Now, then place an order without an account. There is no need for you to enter a valid postal address. However, please fill in Other beneath Outside US with some information, even though in italics, and don't worry about the Outside US drop down window if you are registering from the United States.

A valid e-mail address is important. The program author doesn't receive your credit card information, as it is all processed by World Pay.

The license price is quoted in New Zealand Dollars. For example, NZ$105 is approximately US$73 (depending on current exchange rates). You can select the currency of your choice, and then apply the exchange rate so you know exactly how much you will be charged. The whole process is live, and you should get your registration within one day.

When confirmation of your payment is received a registration code will be e-mailed to you. You enter the registration codeinto the lower box on the registration display, and then click OK. Please e-mail Brian your registration key after you have purchased the software. The registration code is case sensitive.

Customers in Germany, please purchase via [3].

External links


[2]http:/ / tokaanuskihire. co. nz/ Merchant2/ merchant. mv?Screen=CTGY& Store_Code=Tokaanuskihire&Category_Code=wm918


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Quick Start


2 Station Setup

Quick Start


This document is designed to get Weather Display up and running with your weather Station equipment in the shortest possible time.

This Quick Start does not address all your questions only those required to get a basic Weather Display setup in operation so that you can view the weather information collected by your weather station.

Minimum system requirements

Microsoft® Windows 95 operating system

An Intel 486 or higher CPU or AMD equivalent


6 MB hard drive space for initial setup, then approximately 10 MB additonal per month for data

800x600 screen resolution with 256 color depth

A compatible weather station and serial (RS-232) cable with one free COM port on your computer

Downloading Weather Display

1. On the Weather Display Web site [1], click [ php Version History].

1. To download the latest release, in the left navigation bar, click the [http:/ / www. weather-display. com/ inframe. php?text=Download& inframe=download. php


1.Click Download next to Main Weather Display install file.

2.When prompted, click Save, and then specify a folder location where to save the Weather Display install program.

3.When the download completed, browse to the folder you specified in step 4, and then double-click the Weather Display .exe file.

4.Follow the instructions on your screen to complete the installation.

5.At the end of the installation wizard, click Finish. If you leave the Launch Weather Display check box selected, Weather Display launches with the new version.

Note If you are upgrading the software, your weather data is not modified or deleted. However, you should make regular backup of your data, especially before updating the software. Make sure you stop Weather Display before upgrading. In Weather Display, on the Exit menu, click Save and Exit. Make sure all of the Weather Display applications, such as RealTime FTP do not appear in the Windows task bar notifications area.

Quick Start



Once the program has loaded, the first thing you want to do is to choose your language preference.

• On the Setup menu, point to Language, and then click your language choice.

English is the default language. You can choose from English, German, Italian, Spanish, or French.

Weather Station Type

1.On the main Weather Display window, click Control Panel, and then under Station Settings, click Station Type & Settings.

2.Click the tab the corresponds to the weather station equipment you have.

You might need to further define your weather station equipment or configure options specific to the model.

COM port

Obviously, you have to connect your weather station to the computer that runs Weather Display. On the rear of most computers there is at least one serial port connectors. Connect an appropriate serial (RS-232) cable between the serial connector of your choice. If the connector is labeled on your computer, note its name, usually COM1 or COM2. It is not common for these to be labeled.

You then need to configure Weather Display to use the correct COM port corresponding to the connector you have used.

1.On the Setup menu, select COM Port Settings.

2.Select the the appropriate COM port, and then click OK. The Weather Display title bar now displays the COM port you selected.

Unfortunately, if you're not sure which COM port you're using, the trial-and-error method is the fastest for most people. Start with COM1. If that doesn't work, then change to COM2, then COM3, etc.

At the bottom of the window, below the time display, there are two small square boxes Data Received, and Data Quality. When you start Weather Display, they should be red. When you have correctly selected your weather station and COM port, these two boxes will appear green. It might take up to 15 seconds or more before data is received. The upper (Data Received) box blinks each time data is received from your weather station. The lower (Data Quality) box should remain green. If the two boxes do not respond, verify your COM and station selections, and make sure your cables are tightly fastened on both ends.

COM port tips

COM2 is usually a 25-pin male plug, so you may need a 9-pin to 25-pin adaptor. Reset to use COM1. Make sure if a modem is on COM4, it uses a different IRQ setting.

Quick Start



1.On the main Weather Display window, click Control Panel, and then click Units & Other Settings.

2.Under Log file units, select Metric units or USA units.

Selecting USA changes the date format from d/m/y to m/d/y. The setting will persist each time the program loads.

3.For Program Settings, you can set Wind speed, Temperature, Rainfall, Baromter and Date format. You can also add a Beafort speed display and specify the number of decimal places to be used for rainfall.

4.Under Internet Settings, you can set Wind speed, Temperature, Rainfall, Baromter and Date format. Internet settings are used when uploading your data to the Internet, for example, your Web site.

5.Under Other settings, specify your Height above sea level. The other settings in this section can be left at their defaults during initial setup.

6.Click OK to save your settings.

Important Do not change log file units after you select the units for the first time. Changing units a second time can cause logging problems.


If you have problems with the default colours, you will have to make some changes.

1.On the Weather Display main window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Station Settings, click Colours.

3.Make the changes you want.

4.Click OK.

Screen display on startup

1.On the Setup menu, click Advanced Settings.

2.On the Program tab, under StartUp Commands, select the Start in center of screen check box, and then click OK.


Weather Display stores its own rainfall totals separate from the weather station.

1.On the Weather Display main window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Station Settings, click Offsets & Initial Rain.

3.Then select the amount for today's rain, yesterday's rain, monthly rain, and yearly rainfall.

4.Click OK.

Note For US units, the equivalent amount in inches is displayed. Click on Yes to set these amounts. If you are just increasing the amount, then that amount is added on to any previous numbers entered. If you are only updating the offsets, make sure you close the window with the X in the window top right hand corner when you have this set.

Quick Start



To adjust humidity offsets, do the following:

1.On the Weather Display main window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Station Settings, click Offsets & Initial Rain.

3.Under Humidity Offset, select the check boxes for the options you want.

Note For the WMR-968 you should select the Set 98% as 100% check box and enter a and Slope factor of 1.


For the barometer, Weather Display uses the raw pressure value from your weather station. You need to set a pressure offset. This number is in hPa. There is a conversion for US units (inches). The offset is absolute. For example, if you want to adjust the barometer, and you want the pressure to increase by 1 hPa, then the offset must be 1 hPa higher.

You need to set the offset until the pressure shown in Weather Display matches the Mean Sea Level Pressure (MSLP) for your location at that point in time. You can find the MSLP from a nearby Weather Service facility or airport. Some local newspapers might also have this information. You might need to fine tune over a period of time; your pressure reading needs to be similar to your nearest official weather station at the same time of day ideally done in light winds/clear weather when there is a large high pressure covering in your area.

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Daily reset Time

Purpose To ensure your station's observations conform with international agreements for start and end of the day.

Daily reset

You can choose either a 12 Midnight reset (default) or 9 a.m. reset (used in Australia, New Zealand ,and a number of other countries). The Norwegian Meteorological Institute uses 06:00 UTC to reset rain and 18:00 UTC for temperature and wind.

• Under the Setup, click Values Reset Time.

At either 12 Midnight or 9 a.m., the daily high/low data will be reset, as well as, yesterday's rain total.

Daily reset Time


Fine tune reset times

You can also fine tune the reset times if you need to.

1.Under Setup, click Display Units.

2.Set Hour to reset daily high/low values (temperature, wind), Hour to reset daily rain (n.b. 24-hour clock - e.g. 1600 for 4 p.m.), and month to reset the yearly rain (to match your rain season).

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Starting: When and How

When Weather Displays Runs

Weather Display is designed to run all the time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you want Weather Display to start when your computer starts, on the Setup menu, point to Start When Windows Starts, then click Yes. You can also copy a shortcut to Weather Display into the Windows Startup folder.

If you don't want to start Weather Display up automatically, a shortcut to the program is placed on your Windows desktop and on the Windows Start menu via the installer.

How Weather Display Appears

Full Screen The default condition. Note under Setup, point to Full Screen When Larger Than 800x600, and then click Yes.

Minimized On the Setup menu, point to Start Minimized, and then click Yes.

Hidden On the Setup menu, point to Start Hidden, and then click Yes.

Service On the Setup menu, point to Start When Windows Starts, and then click Start as a service under NT/2000.

Note There have been problems reported when attempting to run Weather Display as a service. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is not supported.

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Weather Station Selection


Weather Station Selection


1.On the main Weather Display window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Station Settings, click Station Type & Settings.

3.Click the tab that corresponds to your station type.

Depending on the weather station type you select, there might be further options to configure. When you have selected the appropriate model of station and click Close, you are returned to the main Weather Display window. The Weather Display title bar displays the weather station type you selected.

Initial setup for specific brands (if required)

Some brands of weather stations require additional configurations. See the list below for specifics.

Dallas 1-wire setup

Use the station selection window to check that it has correctly identified your buttons.

1.On the main Weather Display window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Station Settings, click Station Type & Settings.

3.Click the Dallas/AAG 1 tab.

On the setup page, you can also see the additional temperature sensor and the humidity sensor/temperature readings (if you have one).

Dallas 1-wire station owners also need to set up the wind direction buttons. Click on View, Setup Dallas 1-Wire Wind Direction And Rain to do this. If you have an ini.txt file that was created by Weather 204 and the create list program provided by Dallas Semi, then you can import that file to set the wind direction and rain/wind ibuttons. Next check that the windspeed ibutton ROM ID has been correctly identified. If not, check what was reported under View, WS2000/WMR900H/Dallas 1-wire Data Information. You can change the ROM ID if it is wrong, and then click Save. If you have an extra temperature sensor, then the ROM ID for it should be displayed here as well.

Davis setup

You do not have to configure the COM port release times unless you want to let Davis Weather Link gain access to the weather station at some point to download data from the Davis Datalogger. Davis owners also need to select their rain gauge resolution type.

You also need to select the data logger baud rate. The full version is for when you have a rain gauge, humidity sensor, etc. In Weather Display, the wireless WMII is the same as the WMII Full Version.

ELV/Conrad/WS2000/WS7000, Lacrosse, or WMR900h

These are all the same type of weather station. These stations all require you to do additional initial setup.

1.On the main Weather Display windows, click View.

2.Under the Station Setup/Data Reports click WS2010-13/WS2500/ WMR900H

/Dallas 1-wire Data Information. Next set the outdoor temperature sensor to use. Choose from the list once you have some sample data. Click on get data to get a sample to check

Weather Station Selection


that you have the correct sensor. Also set the logging interval to 5 minutes.

Click on Set Names to allocate names to the sensors to appear with the data in this window. You can also allocate a temperature/humidity sensor to use as your soil sensor, and have it displayed on the main Weather Display screen above the wind speed dial.


Make sure your weather station console is in datalogging mode at all times. Check this after your restart Weather Display. If you have a U2000 that was manufactured before 2001, you might need to choose the No average speed in the data check box. You can also choose whether you have a humidity sensor or rain gauge.


A WMR-918H is actually a WMR-968. Try selecting the WMR-968 station type.


You don't need to use Heavy Weather.

1.Exit Heavy Weather.

2.On the main Weather Display window, click Control Panel.

3.Under Station Settings, click Station Type & Settings.

4.Click the ELV/La Crosse/2010-13/WS2310/Hyundai/WS2500/WS2700/WS3600 tab.

5.Select La Crosse WS2310/WS2310/WS2315/ELV/Conrad WS2300/WS2310/WS2315/Hyundai WS05 etc.

6.Click Close.

7.On the Control Panel dialog box, under Station Settings, click COM Port.

8.Select the COM port number, and then click OK.

9.Open the settings file open3600.conf and make sure that the COM port number is set correctly.

10.On the main Weather Display window, click Exit, and then click Save and Exit.

11.Start Weather Display.

Each minute the program fetch3600.exe runs and produces a log file called out3600.txt. Make sure there is data in the file and that the time and date matches that of the console.

To get missing data when Weather Dispay starts, do the following:

1.On the main Weather Display window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Station Settings, click Data Logger.

3.Click on Extract data at start up so that it displays ON.

Then the missing data will be logged to out23002.txt by the program histlog3600.txt.

Vaisala WXT510

Use the standard mode where the WXT-510 transmitts all data automatically in formatted ASCII to its COM port using the additional setup software/hardware tool sold by Vaisala.

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You should attempt to calibrate your weather station to improve the accuracy of your weather observations. Weather Display provides a set of offsets which allow you to tune your data. For example, if you know that your outdoor temperature sensor always reads 1oC high you can set an offset for this so that Weather Display uses and stores the correct value.

To adjust the offsets for your weather station, do the following:

1.On the Weather Display main menu, click Control Panel.

2.Under Station Settings, click Offsets & Initial Rain.

Offsets are available for:



Humidity (Inside and Outside)

Wind Speed

Wind Direction


Time of Day

Enter offset values as necessary. You can also set your month-to-date and year-to date rain data here, as Weather Display stores the rain totals independently from data stored in your weather station. Click Yes to save your entries.


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Logs and Logging


Logging of data is on by default, to a log file, updated every minute. These logfiles can be found under the folder logfiles in the wdisplay directory.

For the month of may 2001, the name of the log file is: 52001lg.txt

There is also 52001lg2.txt, this is for soil temperature (if you have it) and for the daily high/low temperatures

Go to the Setup menu and select "log file recording" for options, including having a comma separated log file (.csv extensions) for use with excel or other spreadsheets. You can even have weather display produce a custom log file, using the variable tags as found in the file owntemplate.txt , or see the section custom web page in this help

The log file is created every minute. Once you select the units you want, don't change them again!. You can see the averages/maximum/minimums by selecting view/ view averages for month (i.e month to date). Reset log file will do this in the next minute (i.e blank the data). Importing log files

You can import log files produced by other software. Go to Action menu and select "Import log files from other software", and chose the correct software.

Logs and Logging


For the Davis log files, you need to import the file called download.txt , produced by Weather link. The 32 bit weather display conversion is for if the automatic conversion for first time upgrade from version 7.39 was not successful.

If the 32 bit conversion when upgrading from 7.39 to 7.4+ does not work correctly, then you can convert the log files one at a time using the option "convert weather display log files to graphs". Custom log files

You can create a log files of your own design using WD's custom tags. First create a file called "customtext.txt" in your "webfiles" directory. Then add custom tags as described on the Custom Tags page.

Go to Setup menu and select "Log file recording", then select "Produce a custom text file, then select "yes". And finally return to select "update frequency" and select an appropriate interval.

Here is a sample "customtext.txt":


And here is the "customtextout.txt" that WD creates:

12/24/2002,10:31 AM,0.00 in.,29.628 in.,27.6 °F,48,10.5 °F,9.7 mph,330 °,71.1,38,44.2

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Forecasts and Icons

Weather Display uses a number of different methods to determine which current weather icon will be displayed, e.g.

Weather Display's analysis of the weather default

WM918/WMR918/VP/La Crosse 2310 forecast icon

Weather Display's interpretation of downloaded METAR reports

User specified thresholds for fog, rain, snow

User selection

WM918/WMR918 forecast icon

If you set this to display, the icon that appears on the programs screen will be the forecast icon from the station. This icon will also be used in the summary.gif file.

If you select "Do not display", then it will not be visible at all.

If you select "Auto update", then you can have the icon updated via input daily weather, or have it updated from a downloaded METAR (see the section → Getting Weather Reports and Metar Data).

Weather Display's interpretation of METARs

Weather Display can extract the "Conditions" phrase from a downloaded METAR. If you have ticked "Coded" instead of "Decoded", it will use the 2 letter condition codes in the METAR, e.g. RN for rain, and use that to determine the icon to be displayed.

1. Click Setup, Summary Image/Icon Setup.

Forecasts and Icons


2.In approximately the middle of the left side of the page, there is a group of selection boxes for METAR reports. Click those boxes that support your preferences.

3.Click OK.

4.Click on Setup, Setup FTP/.../METAR.

5.Click the FTP/METAR Download tab.

6.In the METAR Download group in the lower half of the page, find and click the box labelled Use this METAR for ....

7.Click OK.

Make sure you have a METAR name selected that is in the list of METARs to download, that you have download times set, and that the switch is ON (green).

User specified thresholds

You may select the thresholds for Weather Display to use to determine if current conditions suggest the use of the Snow, Fog, or Windy icons.

You can get Weather Display to override the METAR report if you tick that option in the METAR icon setup, i.e. if you record rain or strong winds, then Weather Display will update the icon regardless of what is included in the METAR reports. This is a good idea if the METAR you are using is from an airport that is some distance away. Also some METARs are only updated every hour, so the conditions could have changed since the last METAR was produced.

1.Click on Setup, Summary Image/Icon Setup.

2.Approximately one-third of the way down the page, find and set the desired threshold.

3.Click OK.

Note If you have a solar sensor, you can get the icon updated from that (see the solar sensor setup).

User selection

1.Click the Input Daily Weather menu.

2.Click an icon of your choice.

3.Click the box labelled Use this image as the icon,....

4.Click OK.

This selection may be made at any time to represent the current weather. Such a selection is immediately effective, and remains so until changed by the user, or user selection is revoked.

If you cannot find a suitable icon, go to the section Replacing WD's weather icons or see the link on the Weather Display download page.

Source: http:/ / wiki. weatherwatch. com/ index. php? title=Forecasts_ and_ Icons&oldid=2008

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Replacing Weather Display's Weather Icons


Replacing Weather Display's Weather


Weather Display will use the icons listed below to replace its built-in defaults.

1.Create a folder called myicons, as a subfolder of Weather Display (i.e c:\wdisplay\myicons or c:\My Programs\Weather Display\myicons).

2.Create a set of icons in this directory and name them as follows:




















snowshowers2.gif (snow showers)




showers2.gif (showers and fine intervals)

rain2.gif (rain)

cloudy2.gif (cloudy)

partlycoudy.gif (cloudy periods)

Thanks to Phillip Middlemiss, you can click here to download [1] a set of icons.

Replacing Weather Display's Weather Icons


External links


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Setting & Tracking Station Location

Setting Fixed Station Lattitude & Longitude

Purpose: This information is used to predict Sun & Moon rise and set times, and may be required by activities your weather information is sent to.

Click on the Setup menu. Then click on "Sun/Moon Rise/Set ...". Enter Latitude and Longitude data. (note: there is a link on the APRS setup page to obtain your Latitude & Longitude if you have difficulty finding it on a map.) Make sure you use a negative number for the southern hemisphere for latitude, and if you are west of GMT (i.e west of the UK/England), ie. You live in the USA] then have a negative number for the longitude. There will appear either a setting sun or a rising sun. Setting Fixed Station Elevation

Purpose: This information is used to predict Cloud heights, and may be required by activities your weather information is sent to.

Click on the Setup menu. Then click on "Display Units Options / Reset times/ ...". In the "Other Options" section, enter station height above sea level (feet). Tracking a moving Station using GPS

Purpose: Provide a means for mobile weather stations (e.g. strom chasers, fishermen) to report weather together with their current location.

Click on the Setup menu and select "GPS Data capture". Click the tab for Com port settings. Select those settings appropriate for you GPS receiver. 4800,8N1 are the normal settings for NMEA receivers. Select / deselect DTR, RTS ( in my case both OFF ), Some units will require them to be ON to provide power, some require they be OFF. Turn Switch On ( Green ), then click the START button.

You should see "NMEA GPS" appear ( flashing ) in the Status

Click on the "Satellites" or "NMEA GPS" tab to see the results.

Currently the receiver must provide a NMEA data stream. If your's does not, here's a link for a translator unit

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Connecting to Internet


Connecting to Internet

Getting Started

1.On the main Weather Display window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Web Site Configurations, click FTP Connections METAR/NOAA FTP.

3.Click the Connections tab.

Dial-up networking to your Internet ISP

This is the more normal case when the WD machine gets its Internet access from a modem directly connected to it.

1.Under Internet Settings, click Get ISP's.

2.Select the ISP you want to connect to (there most likely will only be one) from the list.

3.The Username and Password text boxes should auto-complete with your information. If you configured dial-up networking without the password saved , you will be prompted to enter your password. This is the same password as you would normally enter when you connect to the Internet.

4.Continue with the All Setups section below.

Persistent (always on) connection to the Internet

This is if you are using ISDN, DSL, or cable modem broadband Internet service. It also applies to those with dial-up modems which are connected at all times to your ISP.

1.Under Permenant Connections, select the I have a permenant connection check box.

2.Continue with the All Setups section below.

Note Do not select the I have Internet sharing over a LAN check box.

Connecting to Internet


All Setups

1.For future debugging, select Produce a log file. If you want to view the last log file produced, on the main Weather Display window, click View, and then under Logs, click FTP Log. All of the current day's FTP Internet connections will be displayed. Tthe most recent entries are at the end of the log.

2.Select the Hit Cancel on reestablish connection is suggested.

3.Minimize connection box when connected (Win 95) applies only if you are using Microsoft Windows 95.

4.You should not change the FTP Port from the default of 21, unless specified by your ISP.

5.If your FTP connection is very slow, the specified number in Time out in minutes for when a slow connection denotes the number of minutes before Weather Display will stop the FTP attempt. 5 minutes should be adequate.

6.Do not select the Use other ISP's on list if line is busy check box unless you have configured more than one ISP/FTP server.

7.For some configurations, the normal FTP mode will work, but if you are using a hardware or software firewall you might encounter problems. If a connection appears to hang and you have a firewall, try selecting the Use Passive Mode check box. You might also have to make changes to the firewall to let Weather Display access the Internet. You should consult the documentation for your firewall for instructions on how to allow a program to access the Internet.

8.Rename the file on the server after uploading is not supported by some FTP servers, including many Windows-based servers. Do not select this check box unless you know your FTP server supports this functionality.

9.Click the Main Internet Switch to toggle between MAIN OFF and MAIN ON. You must use MAIN ON to enable the FTP functionality of Weather Display.

10.Click OK.

Weather Display is now configured to use the Internet, but does not generate any Internet activity by itself.


If you don’t want Weather Display to run its own FTP program, for example, because you are using a Weather display on a local server, then clear the Use Weather Display's own FTP check box, and you can enter in the File to execute instead text box a .bat file for Weather Display to execute to copy the files to the detination location. You can select the location of where to produce the files under the Tab Files, and then click Set Web files location.

If you want Weather Display to perform other functions, such as send data to Wunderground or download METARs, etc., then select the Still use ftpupd.exe for everything but normal uploads check box. This check box is enabled only when you clear the Use Weather Display's own FTP check box.

If you want Weather Display to update a Web page on the Internet, for example, your Web home page, then you must set up the FTP Host/Server, FTP Username, and FTP Password, using the server information and credentials provided by your Internet service provider (ISP). If you leave the Remote Directory text box blank, then the files are uploaded to your account's default folder on the FTP server. The Remote Directory can be the most tricky part to get correct, as you need to get the placement of any

Connecting to Internet


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Viewing WD data remotely

Weather Display can be used to display data from your station on other PCs connected to your LAN or across the Internet. This allows the weather station to be connected to a PC which is not in the desired viewing location but is on the same LAN or connected to the Internet.

General definitions

If a PC is the source of the data, i.e. the PC with the weather station attached to it, it is called the Server.

If a PC is a viewer of the data, i.e. a PC without a weather station attached to it, it is called the Client.

Follow the steps in the Server or Client paragraphs below. When completed, all data collected from the weather station by the Server PC will be broadcast on the LAN. This broadcast data will be received by all client PCs and will be displayed on their Weather Display screens.

Viewing Weather Display data across a LAN


At the PC where the weather station is connected:

1.Click on Setup, Setup FTP/Internet/...

2.Click on the tab labelled "TCP/IP Client/Server".

3.Click the button at the upper left side labelled "Server Enabled".

4.You may also want to click the button labelled "Show indoor temp/hum on client".

5.Click OK.


At each PC where the weather data is to be viewed:

1.Install Weather Display on the machine.

2.Follow the procedures in → Quick Start but choose a station type of "Stationless". You do not need to select a COM port, nor do you have to enable FTP.

3.Click on Setup ,Setup FTP/Internet/...

4.Click on the tab labeled "TCP/IP Client/Server".

5.Click the button at the middle left side labelled "Client Enabled".

6.You may also want to click the button labelled "Show indoor temp/hum on client".

7.Click OK.

Viewing WD data remotely


Viewing Weather Display data across the Internet

Follow these instructions to view the data on a (Client) PC with an Internet connection where the weather station is connected to another PC which is not on your local LAN, but does have an internet connection.

1.Click on Setup, Setup FTP/Internet/...

2.Click on the tab labelled "TCP/IP Client/Server".

3.Click the button at the middle left side labelled "Client Enabled".

4.You may also want to click the button labelled "Show indoor temp/hum on client".

5.Click on the box in the lower left corner labelled "The data is from over the internet".

6.Fill in the URL of the station supplying the data.

7.Fill in your LAN's PROXY information if appropriate.

8.Click OK.

"Client Viewer" at LAN sites

The Client Viewer provides an alternative method of viewing WD data.

You can configure Weather Display to create a clientraw.txt file, either locally on a server, or sent by FTP to your web/ftp server. By default the file is created/sent every 3 seconds, but you can change this under Web Files Setup.

Alternatively the file can be created/sent at the times you select under the advanced internet setup (Customize Internet File Creation). For this option, you need to tick to "Update this file" under Setup, Internet Setup, Client/Server. You do not need to have Weather Display set up as a client or server to have this file updated by simply ticking that option.

When the file is being uploaded, you can use the free client viewer to view the weather data, updated every 3 seconds (or as defined). You need to set the viewer to use the data from over the Internet in the setup, and enter the URL of the clientraw.txt file. The alternative is to use a fixed IP address of the PC that is acting as you Weather Display server, i.e. the PC with the weather station attached to it.

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Customize your screens

You can change the colour of the text and background colour in parts of Weather Dispay to jazz up the display and/or have background images loaded. You can also enable or disable portions of the display to suit your tastes.


Click on Setup, General and Colour/Misc/Tide/etc, and select Setup Colours. Or you can right mouse click on the main graph, and select Setup Colours.

Buttons are grouped by the part of Weather Display they effect, and are labelled for the specific item they control.

Customize your screens


Some screens let you set the background as an image file (BMP, JPG or GIF), e.g. the trends image, summary image, etc.

You can also set the colours of the graph lines as well.

Note: Using more than 256 colours in your Windows settings gives the best results.

If your looking to use a black background for the main screen, make sure you have disabled skins (Setup - Skins - No). It's a limitation with the result being any dialogs opened from the main window will have black label text on black backround (ie you won't see any text).

For the weather dials page, i.e View, Dials, a black background and light green numbers looks cool.

Displaying LCD numbers


Click on Setup, General and colour/misc/tide etc.

Wind Speed

Click on "Show the LCD Number". Select "Yes" or "No" as desired.

All other values

Click on "Use LCD numbers for current conditions". Select "Yes" or "No" as desired.

Daily Alarm LEDs

Click on Setup, General and colour/misc/tide etc. Click on "Show the daily high/low LED alarms". Select "Yes" or "No" as desired.

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Using and setting up custom screens

Purpose: You can create your very own custom screen (up to 10 if you purchase an extra license, otherwise you have 3 to play with!) Use

See under view, custom screen (and select which custom screen number to use/setup/view).

Once in the screen, right mouse click on the background, and there you can hide/show the objects

Click and hold on an object with the left mouse button to move a object.

Right mouse click on a object to choose to increase or decrease the size of that object.

You can also set the background image or colour of the whole screen.

You can also resize the whole window , and that new size will be remembered. Advanced

You can even set up to use custom tags (right mouse click on the custom tag ,and then you can set the colour,font and the custom tag to use). Also, you can even use mesomap station data (if you have set up the mesomap stations), and thereby display other weather stations in your area weather data, live!

You can also set a image as say a downloaded satellite image/rain radar or a web cam image (right mouse click on the default weather display banners). There is even a web page window, where you can set it to any internet URL. Note , before hiding this web window if

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you dont want to use it, leave it in the middle of your window working area.

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Solar Sensor Setup

1.Select the sensor number your weather station uses for solar readings.

2.Make sure you enter your latitude and longitude correctly here. Latitude is the up or down from the equator and anything in the Southern hemisphere is negative. Logitude is east or west of the Greenwich merian and negative is east of Greenwich.

3.Select the Use this new calc check box.

4.Make sure the Minute offset needed is always zero. You should never ever need to change this value.

5.Select the Update solar value from this max reading for lat/long and time of day check box.

6.The boxes for solar description and the percentage thresholds should be left as default at this time. After you have your initial readings, you can return to this dialog box and make necessary adjustments.

7.There are two check boxes that should be selected Set the weather icons (unless raining) from the solar data and Store the solar reading as extra temperature #4 for graphing solar/THSW on main screen.

8.The last box is used to setup a 1-wire solar sensor or LabJack and should not be modified if you are using a VP sensor. This box will appear if you add any 1-wire instrument to your setup, whether or not it is a solar sensor.

9.At the bottom of the dialog box, leave the Adjust factor for bluewave VP wm/2 (%) at 100% if you have an original Davis solar sensor. You should not need to change the value unless you are using a sensor from another vendor, your sensor has been modified, or

Solar Sensor Setup


your sensor has drifted out of calibration. You should only compare values at or close to solar Noon for your location on a very clear and sunny day.

10.Make sure you click on the Main Switch so that it is in the green ON position.

11.Click OK to save your settings and close the dialog box.

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Direct web cam capture

1.On the main Weather Display Window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Web Site Configuration, click Web Cam.

3.Click Setup/view direct live web cam capture (Internal - #1 in the screen shot)

4.Follow the screen shots below.

5.Optional settings are your choice from here, this shows how to get Weather Display recognizing your camera and captured file.

Note these screen shots are outdated.

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Using a web cam image from another web cam program


Using a web cam image from another web cam program

Graphics based info...needs Wiki conversion

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Using a web cam image from another web cam program, step by step guide

Graphics based info...needs translating to Wiki format

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All Day Video Setup

Bold textThis page is obsolete

The alldayvideo part has been replaced to the main software under 'control panel'

I'd love to update the page, but i do not understand the logic of that menu, while the description of the buttons seem logic the actions do not always correspond to what they suggest. I hope someone with more experience will exactly describe what setting are required for what function, so this wiki page may be updated then.--Gert 09:46, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

This article will help you get started with the all day video feature in Weather Display.

The all day video compiles your Web cam images into an almost seamless video display for entire day.

For a nice example, click here [1].

First, make sure your Web camera is working properly and that your files are saved correctly. This feature uses the jpgwebcam.jpg images, so make sure these are being created and saved properly before you start.

More than 1,000 images will be used to make the video. To keep the many images from cluttering your webfiles folders, you might want to consider creating a new folder in the Weather Display folder named webcam. Change the Web cam settings so that images are saved in this new folder location. You should decide now if you want to make this change and complete the changes before proceeding.

The followiung image illustrates the options necessary for saving the files.

1. On the Weather Display main window, click Control Panel.

All Day Video Setup


2.Under Web Site Configurations, click Web Cam.

3.Click Setup/view direct live web cam capture.

4.On the File Settings tab see the following options:

Make sure Every minute is selected.

Download the Microsoft® Windows Media Encoder 9 Series [2].

After you have downloaded the file, execute it to run the setup.

In Weather Display, you need to make time stamped files.

1.On the Weather Display main window, click Control Panel.

2.Under Web Site Configurations, click Web Cam.

3.On the Time stamped files setup tab, then click the "Time Stamped Files Setup" tab.

Make sure, the produce every minute check box is selected.

Hidden Feature Select the Show the floating web cam image from the graph mouse position (hold left mouse button) and Use a jpg image for the Web image at graph time check boxes. After your video has been produced, when you are viewing your main window in Weather Display, while your mouse is over the upper right graph (baro/wind), hold down your left mouse button, and move the mouse back and forth over the graph, your video will appear in a pop-up window and show the video move in time as you move your mouse back and forth.

1.Click the Current Web Cam Image/Main Settings tab.

2.Click Setup/View Direct Live Web Cam Capture.

3.Click the Create All Day Video tab.

If you select the check boxes shown above, you will be create video for the entire day day, and it be uploaded every hour.

You can view the video during the day up until the last hour.

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