The weather station is a Davis Vantage Pro 2 consisting of an anemometer, a rain collector, and temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure sensors. The anemometer is mounted on a 10ft pole to provide accurate wind speed and direction measurements. It can record wind speeds as high as 150mph and as low as 1mph, is accurate to 0.1 mph, and updates every 2.5 seconds. The rain collector is mounted to the same pole away from objects such as trees and buildings. The tipping spoon measures in 0.01" increments, and the data is transmitted every minute. The temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure sensors are housed in a radiation shield attached to the rain collector. The shield has a solar-powered fan which circulates air to provide extremely accurate readings. The temperature sensor can measure temperatures from -40°F to 150°F (-40°C to 65°C) and transmits data every 10 seconds. The humidity sensor can measure relative humidity from 1 to 100% and transmits data every 50 seconds. The barometric pressure sensor can measure pressures from 26.00 to 32.00 inHg (880.0 to 1080.0 hPa/mb) and transmits data every 15 minutes. Other parameters such as Dewpoint, Heat Index, and Windchill are derived from these values. The station is connected to a Davis Weather Envoy which logs and stores all of the data before it is downloaded.
The server which stores all of the data and hosts the website is a hybrid machine comprised of an ASRock AM1H-ITX AM1 motherboard, AMD Athalon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core 2.05 GHz processor, 8GB G.SKILL AEGIS DDR3 RAM, Western Digital 1TB NAS HDD, Western Digital 4TB Storage HDD, and Cooler Master Elite 110 Case.
The server and website are run using Windows Server 2012 R2, with Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.5, PHP 7.0, MySQLi database, and CumulusMX as the console software.
The server was built on June 10, 2016 with the software being installed soon after. The weather station was installed and powered on along with CumulusMX on June 19, 2016. The website officially went live on July 1, 2016.