Using the data
You may freely use the data from this site elsewhere, however a link back to this site would be appreciated. If there is some data on this website you would like to use that you can't find here in a convenient format, send me an email (contact details below) so I can help with this.
(Updated March 2013) Hi, I am David - the owner, developer and maintainer of howickweather.info. I am a 22-year-old postgraduate student at the University of Auckland, studying statistics. I have lived in Howick most of my life. Weather is my #1 hobby, and since I got a decent weather station, website development has become my secondary hobby. I try to provide as much of my weather data on this website as is possible, and am always looking for new features that I can build and implement on this website. It's part of the fun: sharing my data and trying to make it as interesting as possible for others.
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at the address shown below (you will need to type it yourself).
About the weather station
The weather station in use is a Davis Vantage Pro 2. Davis design their weather stations to a high standard. The temperature and humidity sensors are housed inside a fan-aspirated radiation shield to minimise over-reading caused by solar radiation (sunlight), thus maximising accuracy. The temperature and humidity sensors, along with the rain gauge, are located over a lawn away from concrete and houses. The wind sensor is on the roof. The station was set up on the 6th of December 2009 in (western) Howick, an eastern suburb of Auckland. The indoor console receives data from outside via wireless transmission. Wind speed data is near real-time, updating every 2.5 seconds. The data is transferred to a computer via USB cable, where a program called Virtual VP collects the data and redistributes it to 2 weather programs; Steve Loft's Cumulus software and Brian Hamilton's Weather Display software. The data is then automatically uploaded to this website regularly by the 2 programs.
This website (its design and content) are Copyright 2013 Howick Weather Station (howickweather.info).
Never base important decisions on this weather data or any other personal weather station website! Please refer to MetService for important weather-dependent decisions.
Some photos of the station