03 November, 2010

Whether Or Not There's Weather

It's taken me some time to get my new weather station up and running. Operator error, as usual. After I took the outside station down in preparation for Hurricane Richard, before I put it back up, I partially dismantled it trying to find out why it wasn't transmitting to the base unit in the house.
Screenshot of Our Weather Station Software

As luck would have it, as I said, operator error. I had installed one of the rechargeable batteries wrong, as you do. I thought I was being so careful. Ah well, at least I found the error and corrected it.

Anyway, now on the right-hand column you see a new item Winjama Weather. It uses the Weather Underground (http://www.wunderground.com) Website as the host for our weather reports which are generated by our very own weather station mounted atop a 7-foot pole on our guesthouse roof.

To get to our Weather Underground page you can click on the link at right or click on this URL: (http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=ICOROZAL3). Now, you can keep as up-to-date as we do with the local weather. Ain't technology grand?


  1. That is really neat, Dave. The only part I didn't like was the 99% rel. humidity that I noticed at 8:25 pm -- hope your air is working!

    You do realize that the more technology you get up and running -- the more time you'll spend keeping all that stuff like batteries and pumps and such running. I think you should spend more time planting coconut and banana trees and fishing!!

    Take care!

  2. Hi Julian,

    Ha, ha! The humidity... Honestly, we've really adjusted well to it. So much so, that the only time we really notice it is when you put a nice, ice-cold Belikin on a coaster, it creates a flood of condensation on the coaster. We have several of those absorbent sandstone coasters - they help, but they're just not up to the task. We frequently put a napkin or wash cloth on top of the coaster to catch the over-spill.

    Our house doesn't have A/C. Just the guesthouse. We've only turned those on once to make sure they function.

    I agree. Keeping adequate batteries on hand is a problem, what with the crappy Chinese counterfeits around.

    Speaking of fishing... Just last night, we polished off the last half of a large Snook. It was delicious. We purchased it from a fisherman who comes around about once a week and sells us fish, lobster (in season, of course), whatever he has.

    Door-to-door fish, beer, and coke delivery. Yes, life is rough here in the developing world.


  3. Well, I envy you two, humidity and all.

    BTW I know you know Perry and Michelle. I follow their blog and know that they made it to Belize driving through MX but "not without drama" as he put it. Said they would update when they had internet. That was on Oct. 15th... have you run into them since they came down in October??

    Take care,


  4. Hi Julian,

    As a matter of fact, they came by Monday with some ropelight stuff for the pool deck railing - when I get that installed (another project... will they never end?). They also brought some mini-lights I'm going to use under the kitchen cabinets in the guesthouse.

    They didn't mention Intertubes problems or drama on the highways of Mexico - I'll ring them and let them know you were thinking of them.

    That reminds me of a joke that was popular when I was in junior high school - something about having lunch on the trail with Pancho Villa...


  5. Thanks for the update! I didn't put words in their mouths... check out what Perry had in his last blog update as of Oct. 15th. He mentioned that he would post their adventures once they got the intertubes at, I guess, their new house. I was really wanting to make sure that they were indeed ok.

    I have similar "projects" at my new "patio retirement" home... the big difference I see is that Lowe's and Home Depot are 4 miles away! That really helps, and hurts, because I don't have your shipping / ordering / duties problems that allow you to use the old, as my grandfather would tell my grandmother: "I get right on it, Nellie, next week at four o'clock."

  6. Hi Julian,

    Lowes and Home Depot only 4 miles away... We should live so long.

    I know what your grandfather meant. Down here the saying is "right now". Which can mean anything from a few minutes from now to maybe next week, or maybe never. It never means 'at this instant'.



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