In a cooperative effort between the town of East Haven, my father, and myself, the instruments to my Davis Vantage Pro 2 have been mounted atop the clubhouse at the East Haven Town Beach. I have another Davis weather station that I have mounted at my mothers house in North Haven.
The data is being sent via a wireless connection to the receiving unit located in my condominium approximately 600 feet away. The condominium association rules where my father resides prohibit the mounting of any items to the exterior of the buildings. This creates a problem for weather enthusiasts, like myself.
Last fall, I approached the previous administration for the town with a proposal that would benefit both the town and myself. I explained to Mayor April Capone, that Davis has a feature that, with additional hardware and a broadband connection, allows access of the data on the web.
My offer was quite simple: permit me to mount the instruments on the roof of the clubhouse and I will make the information available to the town. Mayor April embraced the idea and was eager to move forward on it. However, the change in leadership this past November, left the plans essentially on the drawing board.
This spring, working with Frank Gentilesco, Jr., Assistant Director of Administration & Management Town of East Haven-Mayor's Office, for the new administration, we picked up where we previously left off. When the project is complete, it will provide the town and its resident’s with real time weather conditions at the East Haven Town Beach.
Additionally, it is my hope, that the data collected during catastrophic weather events, such as Tropical Storm Irene, will allow town officials to assess damage in a direct cause and effect relationship. This will allow for more accurate evaluation of infrastructure such as the management of storm water run-off, wind mitigation modalities, utilities and beach erosion control measures.
I would like to thank the Town of East Haven for allowing me to do this for my own personal interest, as well as provding information to the town and also the National Weather Service.
The data can be found online at these sources: