System status

At the end of October 2017, a serious fault developed in the cable between the anemometer pole and our house. This effectively prevented signals getting though with the result that no sunshine was recorded. After a few days, it became clear that something was wrong with the wind signals as well, so the decision was taken (about 3rd November to disconnect them completely. This resulted in the wind direction becoming stuck at North, the wind speed remaining at zero mph and the sunshine records for the days also being zero. It was decided to keep the temperature, humidity, dewpoint, barometer and rainfall operating normally as they were not affected by this problem. We went on holiday on 1st November and did not get back until 17th November, when a determined effort was made to fix the problem. This involved purchasing a new cable (305 metres long) and connecting it up with the system. I acknowledge here the considerable help given to me by Garry Stewart of Auchterhouse, and we quickly laid out the cable in preparation for connecting it, and eventually burying it.

Connecting the 8 way cable needs a spell of dry weather and some of the connections were made on Monday 20th November. However fairly continuous rain during daylight hours has prevented the work being completed, it is hoped that a reasonable period of dry weather will allow the work to be completed tomorrow (23rd November). I cannot guarantee that this will be the end of the matter, since the damaged cable could have adversely affected some of the electronic components in the system.

I apologise sincerely for all the trouble this has caused and would like to assure you that I am attempting to restore everything to normal as quickly as I can. This happening emphasises the need for some kind of redundancy in the system so that such a failure in future will not be so disastrous.

John Brush