Crestone Weather Center
Keno's Home and Crestone's Official Weather Station
Weather Station Notes
(in regard to our current conditions shown on the main weather page)
Last updated on Sunday, November 4, 2012
1) The La Veta Pass Weather Station went down way back on
January 5, 2012, and it's still down today. Still no word on when the State of
Colorado, who owns it, will get it back on-line. We can at least view the road
condition reports from there, via our
La Veta Pass webcam page, just follow
the road report links on that page.
2) Because the current conditions shown at all of the listed locations are reported by automated systems (other than at Denver), the overhead sky conditions are sometimes in error, since the auto sky sensors read the sky cover wrong at times. To see current sky conditions reported by humans, click here
3) Also note a minor program problem with the current sky conditions reported in the Current Conditions Report. First, these reports come in via automated "FTP METAR reports". The weather program we use here online to relay this info is called "Virtual Weather Station" (or VWS), and the current version of VWS reads the visibility and temperature conditions incorrectly when either fog or mist is being reported. The temperatures will always show either 33.8°F or 37.4°F when this happens (even in the middle of summer!). In early 2012 I reported this problem to the man who build VWS and he has put in a fix for this - but - this fix will only show up in the new updated release of the product, so until the new release is out, this reporting problem will continue to be an issue when fog/mist is being reported. Please note that this problem doesn't affect the current readings you see for our Crestone station, only readings that come in via METAR reports have this issue.
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More Weather Station Notes
(and some info on me, Keno)
This station's stats are updated online every six to ten minutes (depending on internet speed), 24 hours a day. My first online weather station, an old Oregon Scientific unit, appeared on the interent in 1999, back when I lived in Manitou Sps, Co. At the time the station, which was an old-fashion wired station, reported to a different web site and consisted of 1 main web page. In early 2001 the page was transferred to my domain, keno.org, and became a true weather site containing many added pages of weather info. My site was then upgraded again in late 2001 when I purchased a new wireless Oregon Scientific internet weather station with added features. That same station began to collect data for Crestone, CO, in November, 2002, and it became Crestone's official weather station** in 2006. The new, current online station, which is made by Davis Instruments, started up in October of 2012.
**The stats you see online are live and accurate. These readings are taken automatically by the Davis weather station every 3 seconds, then placed online and updated in the timeframe as noted above. However, the highs and lows that show on the site for the temperature readings are sometimes re-entered manually during the day with info that comes in from what is actually Crestone's official, government owned weather station (which is an off-line station), which is located in my back yard next to the online station. Variations in readings of 1 or 2 degrees is common for different weather thermometers, so I do adjust the high and low readings generated from the online station to reflect the official readings from the government station. On many days no adjustments are needed since the two thermometers do read the same most of the time.
I myself have been a weather buff since I was a boy growing up in New York. I hand-made my first
weather station at the age of 10, after reading in a book how to go about building such a station. Then the following year my
mother, who realized I wasn't just going through some phase in my childhood, purchased for me a real home weather station. Home
stations back in the 1960s were very different than the ones we have today. For example, the anemometer used LED lights which would flash
at different speeds so you could figure out what the wind speed and wind direction was. I recall when I got that station, it was the
first time I ever saw LED lights, which although were first invented in 1927, weren't used in electronic components until 1962.
I must say, all weather equipment, especially home weather stations, have sure come a very long way since the 1960s. Yet the old mercury thermometers and dial barometers which we used to use, did seem to give us even more accurate readings than the digital units that are in use today.