New Weather Station

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For Christmas Kevin gave me a WH1081 wireless USB weather station. It has a wind vane and anemometer, minimum and maximum thermometer, barometer, rain gauge and hygrometer mounted externally. It communicates wirelessly with a base station inside the house. The base station is connected to the server in the loft and there is much chatter between the two. The server runs pywws (Python Wireless Weather Station) software developed by Jim Easterbrook. This processes the data from the weather station at regular intervals and submits the information to a number of different sites. You can check the weather for IPERTHSH12 on Weather Underground (wunderground.com) and on the Met Office WOW site (wow.metoffice.gov.uk). You can also follow the current weather and 12 hourly forecasts on twitter (@newtyleweather). I also wrote up my own pages to display the weather information (cribbing from various other sites on the web) and give further details here: http://wx.mixedbredie.net/ Continue reading New Weather Station

Unconnected black hole

According to a recent survey by the BBC, Newtyle is a veritable void of connectivity. Using Android devices to record mobile signal strength data was collected over a three week period. The resulting coverage map can be seen on the BBC site – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14582499. If you put in a Newtyle postcode (PH12 8TU will do) you can see that the village is just about the only black spot on the map.  Do bear in mind that less than 50,000 people from across the UK took part in the survey and not many of them came from Newtyle.

mobile-coverage
mobile coverage map

Super Moon Full

 

Over the weekend there was a super full moon.  Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee).  Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon’s orbit.  The full Moon of March 19th occurs less than one hour away from perigee–a near-perfect coincidence1that happens only 18 years or so. [source]

These were taken with a Canon SX10 IS

Super Full Moon 20110318T204225: 1/400, ISO 200, f5.7, exposure bias -2 (self timer)

Super Full Moon 20110318T204121: 1/125, ISO 100, f5.7, exposure bias -2 (self timer)

Super Full Moon 20110318T204049: 1/320, ISO 200, f5.7, exposure bias -2

Have a look at some of the other pictures of the moon from around the world here: http://www.universetoday.com/84233/your-pictures-of-the-super-full-moon/

Reducing a carbon footprint

carbon-footprintWe all have to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint.  The average carbon footprint per person in the UK is 10 tonnes.  There is some regional variation due to climate, quality of housing and access to public transport.

I had to go on a journey the other day and Amy needed the car.  Here are the journey details:

  • Bus, Forfar to Dundee Bus Station, £3.05 (30 minutes)
  • Walk Dundee Bus Station to Union Street stand, £0 (4 minutes)
  • Bus, Union Street stand to Ninewells, £1.35 (15 minutes)
  • I had to wait an hour for the appointment because the efficiency of the service got me there so early.
  • Bus, Ninewells to Union Street stand, £1.35 (15 minutes)
  • Car, Dundee to Newtyle, £? (25 minutes) – Amy picked me up on her way back from Fife and the four of us went back to Newtyle by car. Her average fuel consumption for her journey was 50mpg. Continue reading Reducing a carbon footprint

Wonders of the Universe

I aAwesome wonderm always on the look out for awesome pictures of space and the universe after watching a Louis Giglio film about how God’s fingerprint is in absolutely everything. Something that popped up in one of my news feeds was this link to a set of Hubble pictures.