Another program that we created recently is in cooperation with a computer programmer named Brandon Watts ( Brandon Watts Main Page. Brandon created a programming language he calls Leopard when he was very young. Working with WeatherBug, he enhanced his programming language to allow students to create cool applications very quickly that are using WeatherBug data. You can see some of the examples of how Leopard is being used at Leopard from WeatherBug.com
So, as you can see, WeatherBug is touching many lives. From the TV meteorologists that use the information to give their viewers more personal, neighborhood weather conditions, to the students and teachers who are using the data to learn about the weather, to businesses that are using the data to save energy costs, to national, state and local government agencies that are using the data in emergency situations, to millions of consumers who are using our web site, desktop applications, widgets and gadgets and cell phones.
A little information about the WeatherBug weather stations:
The WeatherBug Tracking stations are hardware and firmware that we designed and developed ourselves. In fact, the development of the WeatherBug weather station was one of the first real products I developed when I graduated from college. The weather stations are based on an INTEL 8052 processor and they are set to measure 27 different real time measurements. The first weather stations were hand assembled by myself and Tad Klopcic who was our lead engineer at the time. I remember sitting in my living room watching Seinfeld and putting together weather systems in the early days. I must have visited the first 10 or 15 sites myself at least once to replace parts and fix bugs in the firmware. Today’s instrumentation is extremely sturdy. We have stations that have been working continuously for more than 10 years reporting data.
You can read many details about our weather station hardware here:
The things that make our weather station unique is that it is a plug and play internet device. Pretty much all you need to do is install the weather sensors and plug it into a network that supports DHCP and you are off and running.
We have a team of meteorologists that monitor all the data produced from the stations and all sorts of automated quality checks we do on the data. We work very closely with the schools to make sure the sites are continuously online and that the information reported is of the highest quality.
I bet you won’t believe me when I say that we have finally made it to the end. The weather station information was a last minute addition I had asked for the other day. Once again I would like to thank Chris Sloop and Mark Hoekzema for taking the time to answer the questions I presented. Several photos that were provided I couldn’t see within the Microsoft Word document. So those have been left out of the discussion for now.