(Updated November 2013) Hi, I am David - the owner, developer and maintainer of howickweather.info. I have lived in Howick most of my life. Weather is my main hobby, and since I got a decent weather station, web 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 ways to improve the website and thinking of new features that I can implement. It's part of the fun of having a weather station: 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).
Using the data
You may freely use the data from this site elsewhere, however a link back to this site would be appreciated. If you come across some data that you would like to use but you can't find here in a convenient format, send me an email (contact details below) so I can help with this.
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.
About the weather station
The weather station 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 in order to minimise over-reading caused by solar radiation (sunshine). 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 these programs.
Some photos of the station