The equipment viewable in the image to the left provides all data that can be found on the Columbus, Ohio current conditions page, several of the SkyCam cameras, and the Columbus, Ohio lightning detection page.
The weather station is a
Davis Instruments Vantage Pro
(Wireless version). The Vantage Pro is used by thousands
of weather enthusiasts, businesses, and individuals to collect real-time weather information.
The sensors inside of the ISS (Integrated Sensor Suite) records weather data and relays this
information back to a console. This console provides live information at-a-glance, updated every 2.5
seconds. A Data Logger sends the information to another computer running Ambient Software's
Virtual Weather Station,
which then generates the images and graphs found on the WeatherNet.
SkyCam 1 is a CBC-100 Color CCTV Bullet Camera with a Sony 1/4" CCD image sensor. The camera is waterproof
and works well in all weather conditions, even in direct sunlight. The camera outputs 380 lines of
resolution and has a field of view of 78 degrees. We purchased the camera through
Intellicam, a reputable dealer of video surveillance
SkyCam 2 is an X10 XCam2 Wireless Camera.
The X10 cameras do not have nearly as high resolution as the bullet cameras do, but they perform
well outdoors -- even after 3 years of harsh weather -- and the wireless signal allows you to
place one or more receivers anywhere within range of the camera.
The lightning detector is a Boltek StormTracker.
When lightning strikes, it emits energy in the form of low-frequency radio waves. These radio waves
can travel for hundreds of miles and can be heard as "crackling" or "sizzling" on an AM radio
during a thunderstorm.
The StormTracker detects these radio waves and calculates the direction, distance, and intensity
of the lightning stroke. It then sends this information to a computer running Aninoquisi's
Lightning/2000 software which
plots the lightning data on a map and creates a detailed graphical display.