AUTOMATED WEATHER SOUCE CONVERGENCE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

 

 

 

WEATHER STREAMER™

 

MANUAL

 

 

 

The Weather Streamer™ program is the software portion of the AWS WeatherNet™ Weather Station.

 

 

 

 

2-5 Metropolitan Court

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

USA

 

http://aws.com

 

Phone: 1-800-544-4429

Technical Support 1-800-624-4205

Fax: 1-301-948-7310

 

Copyright 2001


 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Introduction…………………………………………………………………………..3

Requirements…………………………………………………………………………3

Optional………………………………………………………………………………3

Terminology…………………………………………………………………………..3

Installing the Software………………………………………………………………...4-6

Pull Down Menus To Setup the Program……………...……………………………....7

File Menu…………………………………………………………………….7-8

Setup Menu.….………………………………………………………………8-10

Help………………………………...………………………………………..10

Display Views………………………………………………………………………...11

            Instrument…………………………………………………………………….11            Group……………………………………………………………………...…............11

            Station………………………………………………………………………..11

Edit Station Dialog…………………………………………………………………....11-13

Status Bar…………………………………………………………………………….13

Frequently Asked Questions…………………………………………………………..14



INTRODUCTION

 

          The Weather Streamer software along with the WeatherNet Online Classroom website is an extremely powerful communications package that allows users to collect, access, and analyze weather data collected by Automated Weather Source Convergence Technologies network of weather stations across the world.  It is designed for communications via the Internet, World Wide Web, and modems.  The versatility of this software package is unparalleled.  Again, the major functions served by this software are Weather Data Collection, Weather Data Accessibility and Weather Data Analysis.

 

Weather Data Collections, Weather Data Accessibility and Weather Data Analysis       

            Using a modem and/or Internet connection, this software package allows collection from the AWS network of weather stations across the world and upload of current observations and/or historic data to the AWS database. Once up loaded, the data is accessible to Web browsers at http://classroom.aws.com/ 

Special software tools on the website allow many kinds of analysis of the weather data.

 

Note:  If real time data is desired, use a continuous connection.  Then you can see your school’s live local weather data at either http://www.aws.com/aws_2001/asp/global_wx.asp web page or in the free, award winning WeatherBug. (http://weatherbug.com).  Put this html line in your web page to publicize your station’s live, local weather is available on your page –

    <a href=”http://www.aws.com/aws_2001/asp/global_wx.asp“>

            <img  src=”http://aws.com/online_button.gif”></a>

 

REQUIREMENTS           

n      Dedicated PC (not Mac) computer.

n      Pentium™ or equivalent processor.

n      Windows 95 (see note), 98, 2000, ME, XP, or NT operating system.

n      Internet connection.

n      The program must run all the time.

n      Battery backup for computer with protection for phone line. 

Note:  Windows 95 needs a separate installation of Microsoft Access Database from Office 97.

 

OPTIONAL

          An Internet connection that is full time and has a fixed IP address assigned to the computer allows the Weather Station to become a real time data collection node in the world network.  The Weather Streamer Program can then send observations continuously.

 

TERMINOLOGY

          M.C.U. is the master control unit.  It talks to the weather sensors and talks to the computer running Weather Streamer™ program. The M.C.U. has it's own computer and keeps at least three months of data.  It has a battery backup for operation and data.  The Datalogger is the old name for the M.C.U.

          “The current observation and daily high/low value” means the current instrument reading and the current high/low reading that is calculated from the current instrument readings throughout the 24 hour day, for example, high and low temperature.

          The term “File>Exit” means to first click on the “File” pull down menu tab, then click on the “Exit” tab of that pull down menu.

 

          Station Display View is top portion of the screen with instrument readings.  Group Display View is the bottom left portion of the screen with group(s) that each have zero or more stations.  Station Display View is the bottom right portion of the screen with the station(s) for that group.

 

 

INSTALLING THE SOFTWARE

 

     Please close all the programs that are currently running on the computer except the Internet connection related ones.

 

1.               If installing the Weather Streamer program from a CD drive, there is one CD with your serial number on the package. Put the CD in the drive and it will automatically launch the installation program.  Follow the instructions.  The steps are “Welcome”, “Choose (program) Destination Location”, “Start Installation”,  “Installing…” and “Finish”. If no CD, go to Step 3.


2.               If the program installation does not start or launch by itself, then using Windows Explorer to open the CD drive with the program CD and click on the file called “setup”.   Go to Step 5.                                                                                                                                                            

3.                  If downloading from the website http://wxsinfo.aws.com/download.asp , you must already have the serial number.  Follow instructions from the site to download.  When downloading is complete, the automatic installation starts.  If not, you may need to enter “RUN” or similar term used by the download program to start installation.                                                                                                    

4.                  Follow the installation instructions.  The steps are “Welcome”, “Choose (program) Destination Location”, “Start Installation”,  “Installing…” and “Finish”.                                                                         


5.                  Now the Weather Streamer program needs the serial number entered.  If the “Serial Number” dialog box does not appear, click on the  icon in the upper left corner below File or use File>Update Serial Number (Refresh).  Fill in the serial number carefully and click “OK”.                                                                                             

 

                     

 


                                   

6.                  The correct serial number causes the program start.  It tries to load the group and station information, to detect the COM port for the Weather Station Master Controller Unit, and then to download the group and station information). You should see the following with data values initialized to zero:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.      Then it will begin collecting data, displaying data, and sending data if you are using a continuous connection.  You should see the following screen with your Instrument Display View in the top and with your Group and Station Display Views in the bottom part of the screen (note: you may have to pull the horizontal bar down from the top to see the instrument observation display if only the Group and Station Display View is visible or pull the bar up from the bottom if only the Instrument Display View is visible):

 

          Your station name should appear above the “CURRENT” title in Instrument View and in the Station Display View.  Here the name is “AWS test station2”.  The instrument readings should have values.  Certain icons should be dimmed.  To learn more about these weather terms, go to http://classroom.aws.com/  .

          You will see only one group “All stations” in the Group Display View and just one station – your own, again in the Station Display View.  Do not edit the “All stations” group.  

 

 

8.  Only one copy of the program can be run! If you minimize the Weather Streamer™ program, look for the icon in the tray (bottom right corner of screen).  Here, the blue icon “78” is the Weather Streamer™ program outdoor temperature.  This icon is similar to the award winning WeatherBug ™ icon:

 

                           


PULL DOWN MENUS TO SETUP THE PROGRAM

         

MENUS

     There are three pull down menus - File, Setup, and Help.

           

     File related pull down menus involve saving information about your station like serial number, saving/updating the group and station information or removing saved weather data like hourly observations and daily high/low value.  Also included is the exit for the program.

           

     File>Update Serial Number (Refresh) or clicking on   icon shows the dialog box from step 5 in installation.  You should only need to enter the serial number one time when the program is installed.  AWS has your serial number if needed.

 

     File>Update Station Database or clicking on   icon shows this dialog box:

 

                         

           

     Both options return your station’s information from AWS.  Either will work..

 

                                   

      File>Update Database shows the following:

 

    

 

     These two choices should only be used after consulting with AWS Technical Support because the program is designed to automatically keep only so many current observations and daily high/low values. If you set the “Auto Delete” option in the Setup>Options>Configurations with, for example, 180 days, this then keeps 180 days of data.

      The first choice, Empty Hourly Observation Database, removes all the observations from that table in the database (saves at the data rate set in Setup>Options>Configurations, from every five minute, or ten minutes…up to every hour in five minute increments).

     The second choice, Empty Daily Hi/Low Database removes all the high and low values from that table in the database.  These are saved at the data rate but only one final high/low is kept for each day (24 hours).

     Remember that the Instrument Display View has the current, continuous values on display.

 

 

 

     File > Exit shows this dialog box for exiting the program if that becomes necessary:

 

                 

 

     Note:  the program is designed to restart by itself if the 1) computer goes off and is then restarted or 2) computer is rebooted.

 

 

 

     Setup pull down menu allows selection of ports, data rates, proxy servers and more.                       

     Setup related pull down menus involve “Options” and “Calibration”.

 

     Setup>Options or click on  icon shows this dialog box:

 

     The Options dialog box has two tabs: Configurations and Proxy Server.

 

The Configurations tab has a preset Station ID determined by the serial number. 

Any TCP/IP port may be used by the Weather Streamer™ program to connect to the Internet, but AWS Technical Support must know.   Port 95 is what most stations have used in the past. 

The Master Control (Unit) COM Port depends on the computer running the program.  It is automatically detected.   You can pick the COM port if it is necessary.

The Database Storage Interval is how often the readings are saved. Choices range from 5, 10, 15…60 minutes in five minute intervals.   

The Auto Delete checkbox determines if data will be deleted and after how many days.

Note:  OK button saves your changes and exits dialog box.  Apply button saves the changes you have made so far but does not exit the dialog box.

 

 

 

     The Proxy Server tab setting needs AWS Technical Support to help configure.

 

 

 

     Setup>Calibrate or click on  icon causes the Weather Streamer™ program to retrieve any settings entered by AWS Technical Support to optimize performance of the sensors.  Normally, the program automatically connects, if a continuous connection to Internet is available, to send in current calibrations.  AWS Technical Support can check, then adjust if needed and then tell your program to retrieve these optimized sensor settings if needed!

     When the program is installed you will have to contact AWS Technical Support to calibrate the barometric pressure sensor exactly since it varies with your exact elevation.

 

     The Help pull down menu has information about the Weather Streamer Program™, as does , and a tab to the website for help.

 

 


DISPLAY VIEWS         

INSTRUMENT DISPLAY VIEW

               Date/Time           Current values

               Station                 Station name, city and state

             

  Temperature   1)  Thermometer with current outdoor temperature

                                     2)  High temperature for up to last 24 hours, depends on M.C.U.

                                     3)  Low temperature for up to last 24 hours, depends on M.C.U.

 

   Wind             1)  Current Wind speed

                        2)  Current Wind direction, red wind vane (triangle)

                        3)  Average Wind speed over the last five minutes

3)      Average Wind direction over the last five minutes

4)      Gust Wind speed over the last five minutes

5)      Gust Wind direction over the last five minutes

 

 Current            1)  Humidity

2)      Dew Point

3)      Heat Index/Wind Chill – heat index for 70+°F, otherwise wind chill

4)      Barometer

5)      Rain Today

6)      Rain Rate

7)      Monthly Rain

8)      Yearly Rain

9)      Indoor Temp

10)   Auxiliary Temp

11)   Light

 

   Status    only  M.C.U/Datalogger is used – shows OK unless there is an error.

                       

            GROUP DISPLAY VIEW does not change, always “All stations”.  Please do not double click or right click.  Please do not change these values.

 

            STATION DISPLAY VIEW shows your station.  The values may be checked by double clicking or by right clicking and selecting edit.  Changes remain local.  AWS Technical Support must be called to permanently change a value.  Right clicking station shows this menu:

 

 

 

Clicking on Edit Station brings up the Station Editor dialog box.

 

The Station Editor dialog box shows the Station Info tab first:

                                                                                                              

 

The first tab is concerned with station information.  This information will only be changed locally.  To update your information with AWS, you must call AWS Technical Support.

 

 

The second tab is the Communication Setting:

 

 

For you own station it will appear as above.  The Master Control Unit is connected to COM port 1 or port 2 …. 

 

 

The third tab is the Site Description:

 

 

             Should be correct after program installation. 

         

 

 

            The STATUSBAR shows the messages as the program operates.  It also shows the received, queued, and saved observations totals.  It is located at the bottom of the program window frame.

 

 


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Question:  What happens if a temperature sensor disconnects, breaks or otherwise fails?

Answer:  For the temperature sensor, a really low temperature with a black background means there is a problem.  The “M.C.U./DATALOGGER STATUS” will say “Out Tmp Er:-99.5”.  The “Status Bar” at the bottom may say there is an error for a little while until some other operation occurs.  It could be the temperature sensor or data cable or connector causing the problem.