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PostSubject: Greetings from Scotland (Borders)   Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:34 am

Hello All,

I was sent here from a post on Twitter.
I live in Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders.

Interests are Thunderstorms, Snow and Cold - not so a much a fan of the hot weather (but it would have been nice to have at least a nice summer instead of the miserable grey cloud we have had every day).

I am the man behind these websites you might of used:

http://www.bordersweather.co.uk (Our weather)
http://www.iiccp.co.uk (Climate Change Project)
http://www.twitwx.co.uk (Twitter Weather Map)

I currently run an Oregon WMR928NX station but I have a WS2350 to replace it with when time allows as the wind speed thingy has died and the humidity sensor often reports stupidly low humidity which if it is correct means we often have a dew point below 0 - even in the middle of summer!!

Feel free to ask me anything (and I am happy to share code with anyone who wants it)

You can also find me on Twitter @wkd2639 or @bordersweather

Lovely to be here.
Andy
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Scotland (Borders)   Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:24 pm

A very warm welcome Andy, and thank you for joining the forum!

Great to see that Twitter is doing a little good at advertising, something we have found a little tricky to be honest!

My name is Wayne, and I am partnered here with Julian (Updraft). We set up this forum around 6 months ago after moving on from another site. At the moment we are quite small on the member front but hope to see that grow in time.

We are certainly no professionals as Admin, but love to delve into all things weather related and try to understand our patterns! We have Australian storm chaser Mike Oneill on board too which is good for us as the knowledge he has provided over the time we have known him really has done us some good. He is known as Pulse1 here.

Thank you too for posting those links to your sites, and feel free to post those into our links section. It looks like you have some great stuff there.

Anyway, I look forward to future discussion and laughs a plenty here!

Wazza. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Scotland (Borders)   Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:50 pm

Welcome Andy, not too much more that i can add to what has been said by Wazza already. Obviously hoping to see you about and look forward to any discussions that we have here.

The UK doesnt offer too much in the way of notable events that often so its been hard to keep things fresh and interesting so anything you would like to add that is weather related would be a bonus to us all.

Many thanks for joining us.....Julian ( Updraft )
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Scotland (Borders)   Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:51 pm

Hi Andy,

A warm "hiya" from a fellow Scot! Smile I'm just a bit further North in Fife. I think we may have spoken via e-mail when I was invited to feed my FifeWeather.co.uk data into the IICCP site?

Great to see you've joined us rather crazy lot on here. I may say Julian and Wazza are THE craziest. lol! Whilst these aren't the biggest forums about, what the forums lack in member numbers it makes up for in friendship and good old fashioned community spirit! Smile

Really glad you've joined the throng!

Cheers,
Graham
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Scotland (Borders)   Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:57 am

Hi Andy

Nice to see another weather fan on here! You've joined a mad but super bunch!
I'm in Jersey, the most southern UK point probably (well apart from the Falklands!) Have a great affinity for Scotland as I lived there and also hubby is from there. Look forward to hearing how things are going on in your neck of the woods! No doubt a little frost and snow from time to time! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Scotland (Borders)   Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:57 pm

Thanks for the lovely welcome guys,
I know what you mean about the lack of notable weather in the UK - our summer has been rubbish and the weather in general has been unremarkable in this part of the country since the extremely remarkable snow event and extreme cold ended.

I am as we speak in the middle of learning about the GRIB data files from the NCEP/NOAA ftp server and how to decode them (for those that don't know what I am talking about - you may know the data better as the "Global Forecast System or GFS)

I have found several bits of software dotted about which allows you to decode the GRIB data files but I am not entirely clear on the actual acquiring of said data files.....

Anyways it is a chilly 0.5 here Smile
If anyone would like more information than the standard bordersweather site provides - take a look at the page I used to use to post Weather Reports to Midlands Weather Forum/Metserv: http://intranet.nptohc.co.uk/weather/forumweather.php
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Scotland (Borders)   Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:44 pm

I'd be interested to hear how you get on with the GFS stuff Andy. I'm still playing around with GrADS a bit and managed to produce some simple charts of the UK from the GFS in script mode. But I'm still a long way off producing the sort of charts that Netweather can spit out of GrADS!

The main problem seems to be that many of the common values need to be manually calculated from other parameters in the GFS data, so it doesn't seem to be as straigh forward as plotting the values directly out of the GFS (for some of the common charts anyway). I found a few resourses on the web with pre-built formula which might help a bit. But GrADS certainly isn't user friendly or intuitive!
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