Station News

Updates - 24-Apr-2018 - 13:34 (Solution Reviewed by Geoscience see previos update below)

Earthquake North of Cygnet, TAS. ( Distance from our Station (using Lat/Long Calculation) : 10.11 km )

A small 1.4 mag quake occured North of Cygnet at 23 April 2018 @ 21:41:02 AEST at 10 km depth. Earthquake Details
No report of damage and Solution now reviewed (downgraded 0.3 Mag and Depth adjusted from 0 to 10 KM).


Updates - 24-Apr-2018 - 07:40 (Solution Reviewed by Geoscience see update above)

Earthquake North of Cygnet, TAS. ( Distance from our Station (using Lat/Long Calculation) : 6.90 km )

A small 1.7 mag quake occured North of Cygnet at 23 April 2018 @ 21:41:02 AEST at 0 depth. Earthquake Details
No report of damage thus far and solution still not reviewed.


Updates - 24-Apr-2018 - 07:40

Histoic Australia Earthquake HeatMaps Updated

So flat out lately, finally got around to updating out Historic Australian Earthquake HeatMaps. HeatMaps page
A few changes in last Month and a Half, see the comparison images below - between the current on left - Latest Update : 2018/04/23 and the previous update: 2018/03/01 on right.

Histaoric Aus Quakes 20180424 Histaoric Aus Quakes 20180301

Updates - 21-Apr-2018 - 17:00

Added Grove Observations page.

New page is driven by json Data supplied by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Scripts written onsite.

View new Grove Observations page.

Updates - 16-Apr-2018 - 20:30

Added Australian National Public Holidays page.

New page is driven by new scripts and a new Database I produced, which I will maintain and update every so often. Scripts have also been written to alert me when the data is getting low.

View new Public Holidays page

Updates - 16-Feb-2018 - 15:00

Our Web Page - Load/Display Times

We have just modified numerous pages and scripts on our site, in order to achieve quicker page load/display times.
Many scripts have been re-written and minimised/minified, the main index.php page being our main concern. It is much quicker now, though not perfect as we like to display as much info including alerts as we can for you. Hopefully you will notice some improvement, if you find issues (as always we ask) please advise us using our contact page.

Clearing cache on your Web Browser

It may be beneficial for you to Clear your Web Browser Cache from time to time (if you do not already do so).
Below is some info on how to do this if you are unsure.

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Updates - 14-Feb-2018 - 20:00

To kill 2 birds with one stone

There is an old saying "To kill two birds with one stone", I pose a new one, "To capture two birds and two rainbows in one picture".
I noticed this picture while viewing my recent days time-lapse video, so went back trough my 30 second image records and found this picture below. Thought it was worth showing.

Image taken 2018/02/14 @ 18:54:42 AEDT:
To capture two birds and two rainbows in one picture

Updates - 10-Feb-2018 - 08:40

Last 30 Days Earthquakes (Aus)

Well looks like the quake further South in Tassie did occur this morning 2.3 mag (I was expecting slightly smaller, but still small), though thankfully not reported as felt due to it's remote location near Southport TAS.
Time will tell if a third will popup around the Mid east of Tasmania over the coming days or weeks.
Latest Tas Quake : Location Southport, Tasmania. (No Report of being felt) 2.3 mag. GA.Gov-BoM Link

Last 30 Days as of 2018/02/10 @ 08:40 AEDT:
Last 30 Days Earthquakes SouthportEarthquakes2 SouthportEarthquakes3

Distance from our Station Location: (44km) Link to our main : Quakes Aus Page.
Last 30 Days Earthquakes

Updates - 08-Feb-2018 - 21:40

Last 30 Days Earthquakes (Aus)

Well looks like I was right last week, stating we may have a Tassie Quake as a result of the recent mainland pressure transfer down to Tassie.
I will still have a guess that (regardless of this Tassie quake - there will most likely still be ..) a possible quake somewhere around the Oodnadatta area would be around 1.5 to 2.5 mag quake. I would also not rule out a larger Quake (even 3 to 4 mag) around the Tennant Creek area. In addition, my personal thoughts would not rule out smaller quakes further to the South and Mid east of Tasmania over the coming weeks.
Latest Tas Quake : Location Rosebery, Tasmania. (Reported felt) 2.3 mag. GA.Gov-BoM Link

Last 30 Days as of 2018/02/08 @ 21:40 AEDT:
Last 30 Days Earthquakes Last 30 Days Earthquakes

Distance from our Station Location: (193km) Link to our main : Quakes Aus Page.
Last 30 Days Earthquakes

Updates - 08-Feb-2018 - 13:00

Last 30 Days Earthquakes (Aus)

Well luckily the recent mainland pressure has not transferred down as far as Tassie, well thus far anyway.
I would have a guess that somewhere around the Oodnadatta area there may be a 1.5 to 2.5 mag quake.

Last 30 Days as of 2018/02/08 @ 13:00 AEDT:
Last 30 Days Earthquakes

Updates - 18-Jan-2018

Solunar Best Fishing Day Rating

We have added a brief Solunar Best Fishing Day Rating Image to the lower section of the main index page (for your quick reference) Clicking on the image will take you to our main Solunar pages. We created these scripts ages ago, so thought we may as well use them.
Link to main : Solunar Page.

Example of Rating info on main index page :
Comparison Charts

Example of Rating info on main landing index page :
Comparison Charts

Updates - 17-Jan-2018

Added our old Chat Page back onto the site

Please feel free to add a comment and or engage in discussions ( anything weather related ), if you so desire.

We look forward to your comments and would also appreciate your feedback.

Updates - 15-Jan-2018

Time-Lapse Videos Adjusted timings for better visual display, which results in a size increase.

There is an obvious quality increase with the new Time-Lapse Videos, however an obvious size increase as well. We can push the quality output much higher, though we feel the size issue for some viewers will obviously cause issues. If you would prefer either or, please let us know via our contact page. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Updates - 14-Jan-2018

Reinstated WXSIM vs WU Comparison Page

Hopefully now that WU is back online, we may be able to maintain a consistent daily comparison between WU and WXSIM.
We only wish that the BoM MetEye Forecast for Franklin was out of Beta mode, so we could also compare against it as well.

Updates - 14-Jan-2018

Added HotLinking Prevention measures to the site

We found some rouge sites adding to our bandwidth usage, as they where without approval HotLinking Images from our site.
LBT (Living Boat Trust) and other Weather related Forums that we use have been excluded in the code and allowed access.

Updates - 13-Jan-2018

Feedback from (WU) Weather Underground

We want to take the time to acknowledge, explain and apologize for the PWS network issues that you may have experienced over the past week. We are happy to say the issues are now resolved and your service is fully restored.
The interruption of service was related to the hot patches applied to our servers to correct the recent Intel hardware security flaws. We can say with 100% confidence that the data you share with us is completely safe. The patches required systems to be rebooted and, as these systems came back on-line, many of them did not boot up cleanly.
Weather Underground was founded 23 years ago and some of the code and infrastructure supporting the PWS Network still date back to 1994. We invested significant resources to modernize that infrastructure in 2017 and those updates are nearly complete.

Updates - 08-Jan-2018

Forecast Variation, why have some of our recent Forecast been either Too High or Too Low

We like to try and keep our forecasts within the Tram Tracks of about 2 degree C ().

However due to our recent upgrade (New System) we have had issues with the (I can"t say the word I"d like to) Windows 10 Software (Auto Updates) which hopefully we have now controlled.

Also just purely embedding the old On-Site Forecasting Software (WXSIM) into the New System took a tad to settle in, hopefully from now on we will see a more stable closer to actual forecast. ( Time will tell )

I"ll take this opportunity to mention (WU) Weather Underground, a PWS Upload site and Forecasting Site. We used to upload to WU however they have become so unstable in recent years that we no longer upload to them.

We currently behind the scene do still cross reference against their forecasts which partially use other nearby PWS Site uploaded data, though that in itself has been a nightmare with availability of WU being on-line, or the Local PWS as well.

Please don"t get me wrong here, I have always classed WU way above BoM on the ability to forecast Local Conditions (the underlying reason I believe is due to the fact they use local data and better forecast systems).

Once they finally sort out their Data/Supply/Network Based issues, I"m sure they will provide a quality Forecast. However, we are hoping that at some stage the Meteye Forecast for Franklin comes out of Beta Mode (which it has been in since the multi million dollar venture commenced in 2011) so we can then officially display and cross reference against the BoM Meteye Franklin Forecast.

Which actually uses Grove Station for Actual Data. So we will wait and see what happens.

Example of our Comparison Charts :
Comparison Charts

Updates - 05-Jan-2018

Webcam Time-Lapse now Live and Update on todays data glitch

Note: Reminder for me to talk about WU (Weather Underground) next update, looks like a new site in Franklin IFRANKLI3 (Franklin Riverside TA SMANIA) a (Christmas present maybe) or is it the old HUONVAL3 (which was called Franklin Church) replaced as it"s Lat / Lon where originally on the River Bank further North of Franklin in a place one would not expect weather station gear. Neither the pre nor post mentioned site have any form of information regards who they are nor website links or information about hardware etc. It would be nice to know these things.

Updates - 30-Dec-2017

LBT (The Living Boat Trust - Franklin Tasmania) : LBT
Added our Live Weather Conditions Banner and live Webcam image back onto their Home page. Thanks Richard.

Updates - 29-Dec-2017

Added new scripts and software for Webcam Timelapse

Updates - 27-Dec-2017

Purchased a New Computer to run our Weather Station Software (hopefully more reliable)

All Software and Data transferred to new PC