These are the news starting 01 Jan 2019
Click here for the news of the previous years.
|Upload may19.dat into data archive.|
|24 May 19||There was an interruption due to a problem with our main computer; relaunched this morning: ok. No data will be lost, as everything is stored on the datalogger.|
1. Reactivated the heat-stress sensor display (even if times
they are chilly...but this surely will change in the upcoming weeks)
2. Backup work on the main Lubuntu replacement computer.
|02 May 19||
1. Following some email exchanges with a professor from the SIUE
(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) I installed today a
PurpleAir fine particle sensor in offline mode. The sensor
records PM 1.0, PM 2.5, PM 10 and also the raw particle counts (*) on a
.csv file of the internal SD card (as well as temperature, pressure
and relative humidity), data which will be used later for
comparisons and calibration research.
As shown on the pictures, the PurpleAir has two Plantower sensors
in parallel, and the measurements of both are recorded so to have
some sort of confidence check.
2. We ( F. Massen, C. Baumann, R.Tholl, M. Zimmer) posted a
very short paper in the
which compares our first Airvisual PM measurements with those made
by the official Beidweiler station. The Airvisual data (daily
average) must be corrected for high humidity levels, and follow the
official ones quite nicely.
1. The new barometer has big swings in its output signal; I tried to
smooth this out with different capacitors, but no great success for
the moment. The oscilloscope shows that the signal is noisy by <10mV
which corresponds to about 6 HPa. Tried now using a 100uF Elko.
2. Big catastrophe with the old ESR backup pyranometer (channel 23). There is a 4-20mA converter at the outlet of the pyranometer, and the box holding this module was filled with rainwater, which badly corroded all contacts and gave meaningless readings since the 05Apr2019. Luckily the electronic module survived, and after thoroughly cleaning the contacts the sensor is working correctly again (since 09:00 UTC today).
|08Apr19||Raoul and I replaced the old BS4 barometer (in use since 1994!) by a new one (Fischer FI05). The BS04 had some age-related jittering since over a year, and it was time to put him at rest. We had to shutoff some sensors and change the logger configuration. So do not be afraid by unusual readings in the plots and data-file, they will disappear by magic during the coming days...|
1. The PM2.5 seems not to have been updated on the Airvisual cloud
for a day, but the equipment works correctly here at meteoLCD.
Problem seems to have been cleared today morning.
2. Installed new CAIRSENS O3/NO2 sensor (serial 5409) as a replacement for the old one which has come (or even exceeded) its normal lifespan of 1 year. These sensors are built to work without calibration (except 3 filter changes) for one year. Our experience (> 12 months) of the first sensor was very satisfying: the readings are in excellent conformity to the official ones. Calibration certificate here.
|02Apr19||Upload mar19.dat into data archive|
|01Apr19||Backup station ok again.|
|29Mar19||The Thinclient comnputer driving the Davis Backup station is sick. Will be replaced asap.|
|25Mar19||Installed new AVM 1220E/1260E powerline/WLAN combo to drive the Airvisual PM2.5 sensor.|
|17Mar19||Again a problem with the Devolo Powerlink tying our Airvisual PM sensor into the Lan. The PLC looses contact with the AP installed in the Stevenson hut on the terrace, for no apparent reason. I will probably replace the Devolo system by a AVM PLC which uses all 3 wires (neutral, line and ground); an installation I made at home showed that this system works much better in dubious/complicated 220 VAC installations.|
|01Mar19||Upload feb19.dat into data archive|
|27Feb19||The axis orientation of our PM2.5 measurement at the airvisual.com website were a bit confusing (timing increased either from left to right or right to left). This seems now ok: click for annotated pictures of the hourly and daily graphs.|
|14Feb19||Trends 1998 to 2018 analysis finished!|
Look at the Dobson (Total ozone) page for two plots comparing the
ozone measurements done at Uccle with the very expensive Brewer
MkIII (serial 178) and our Microtops (serial 5375) instrument during
2018. There are 180 same day, direct sun comparable measurements.
The two series and the calibration curve. I think we can be very satisfied with these results!
|01Feb19||Upload jan19.dat into data archive.|
|18Jan19||I started with the update of the trends section. This is heavy work and will take some time to finish. Updated sections are clearly marked as such.|
Airvisual web site of meteoLCD is now complete, with all data
missing during the first days (like Temp, Humidity, ...) and
forecast now present.
Look also at the Airvisual quality map,
which allows easy picking of stations, worldwide: https://www.airvisual.com/air-quality-map
You might re-read my multi-part blog on air quality and AQI.
Big news: our Airvisual Pro station to measure air quality
(essentially PM2.5 fine particles concentration) has been accepted
into the world-wide Airvisual network of AQI stations. The
reported AQI is the US AQI, as defined by EPA.
This link will be added to the page of live data.
|06Jan19||Added file 2018_only.xls to data archive. This file contains all the meteoLCD measurements of the year 2018, some statistics, daily and monthly values and comparisons with measurements done at the Meteolux station at Findel airport.|
1. The usual dogs-dinner in the 7days plot due to Gnuplot problems
with handling previous and new year (the logger files do not contain
the year number). This will be self healing in the next 7 days.
2. Upload dec18.dat into data archive.