Bulleen Templestowe

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Location

Manningham is locatedĀ 12 kmĀ from Melbourne, Victoria and gateway to the Yarra Valley, bringing a unique combination of both cosmopolitan city and country lifestyles together over a total land area of 114 square kilometres.
Manningham includes the suburbs of Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Nunawading (part), Park Orchards, Ringwood North (part), Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South and Wonga Park.

The Station is situated on the border of Lower Templestowe and Bulleen at an altitude of 61metres.

The situation is not ideal as the Station sits in a slight depression/gully on a rising hill partially surrounded by higher ground from the South South West around to the East.

It has good exposure from the West to North North East.

Equipment:

Davis Pro

Vantage Pro 2

Vantage Pro 2 can transmit and receive data up to 300 m line of sight. It records the maxima and minima (and/or totals or averages) for virtually all the weather variables for the past 24 days, months, or year..

A second Temperature/Humidity Transmitter is used to validate the primary source.

Anemometer and Wind Direction Transmitter

The equipment has been separated to gain maximum exposure and performance.

The digital sensors are located in a Stevenson Screen, the Rain Gauge has best exposure to all points of the compass and the windvane and anemometer are part of a complex elevated to 15m above ground. The topography surrounding the station has a shadow to the South and East due to higher ground.

A 2 stage self supporting Nally Radio Tower is the infrastructure to support the wind instruments.

See Installation of Tower

Windvanes

The Davis Windvane is installed separately to the arrangement.

The larger patterned Windvanes have been engineered for further study for windvane performance and phenomena.

The turning point for the vanes is a duplex bearing arrangement sitting at the top of the pivot with a bronze sleeve supporting the cover at the bottom.

The vanes are based on Standard Windvane Pattern as described by Bureau of Meterology.

Each vane was balanced to within 0.5gm

This is the Short-arm model.

Data Processing and Storage

Weather Display is used to process and store the Data.

NOTE:

Recent times (June 2017) Weather Display has been randomly freezing for no apparent reason, with a subsequent loss of data.
Sandaysoft "Cumulus" is being trialled on a second server. This software package has been run for about six months without sign of failure. A further six months is planned. It has quite a different reporting structure and not quite as flexible as Weather Display, particularly the day to day reporting.

ESS Stevenson Screen

The Screen is on a standpipe to allow the electronic sensors and mercury thermometers to be 1200mm above ground level.

The screen was imported from England and was not flatpack. Final assembly of the thermometer support was required.

 

 

Running on:

Windows 7 Pro

Weather Display for the data logger

Weather Display Live to upload to internet

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Files are backed up everyday into dedicated separate hard drives.

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