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    Virtual Weather Station Software

 

Virtual Weather Station is a software package that allows you to connect your personal computer to your weather station to display, plot and store data for comprehensive monitoring and analysis.

 

Virtual Weather Station brings your PC to life with a rich array of dynamic and colorful gauges, dials, graphs and charts.  The desktop is completely customizable - you can arrange the virtual instruments based on your own personal preferences or application. You have literally over 1000 ways to display your data.

 

You do not have to own a weather station to operate Virtual Weather Station.  The data can be collected across a network, or downloaded from a METAR compatible weather station.

With the Virtual Weather Station Pro Edition, you can generate NOAA monthly and yearly reports, daily, monthly and yearly high and low summary reports, record data by the minute, generate .csv files for Excel spreadsheet analysis and much more.

Virtual Weather Station runs on any Windows 32 or 64 bit operating system, including 95/98/NT/2000/2003/ME/XP/Vista/Windows7

Virtual Weather Station Internet Edition features Email, FTP File Transfer, and HTTP file transfer. You can automatically send files to an FTP server or automatically send e-mail when alarm conditions occur.

The software converts display panels into jpeg images that any client using a World Wide Web (WWW or Web) browser can access. The software is compatible with standard Web browsers and requires no additional networking software or configuration. And you don't even need a web server. With Ambient's Weather Underground project, you can share your data with the rest of the weather community with a simple web browser.


Virtual Weather Station comes in three editions: Base Edition, Pro Edition, and Internet Edition. You can view the features comparison here.

#WXAMB-4001   Virtual Weather Station - Base Edition, CD:   $47.95 (List Price $54.95)   Qty:

#WXAMB-4003   Virtual Weather Station - Pro Edition, CD:   $67.95 (List Price $74.95)   Qty:

#WXAMB-4005   Virtual Weather Station - Internet Edition, CD:   $97.95 (List Price $104.95)   Qty:

Instruction Manual (.PDF files require Adobe Reader)
    Ambient Virtual Weather Station Manual

 

Ambient Virtual Weather Station Features Comparison Base
Edition
Pro
Edition
Internet
Edition
Unit Conversions X X X
End-to-End Software Calibration X X X
Celestial Calendar (Sunrise/Sunset & Moonrise/Moonset X X X
Air Data Calculator (Air Density, Corrected Pressure and Temperature) X X X
Customized Displays (Graphs, Gauges, Strip Charts, Distribution Charts, Windrose, Thermometers, Tanks, Moonphase, Broadcast, weather icons)  

X

 

X

 

X

Display Values, Rates of Change,  Filtered Averages, Daily Monthly and Yearly Avgs. X X X
Database for plotting graphics X X X
JPEG File Generation X X X
Daily, yearly and monthly Summaries (Highs, Lows, Averages and Rates) X X X
Audible Alarms X X X
Synchronizing Computer Date and Time X X X
Downloading Logged Data X X X
Real-time CSV File Export X X X
Text File Data Logging (Daily Time Stamped Formatted and csv files)   X X
Daily, Monthly and Yearly Archive Text Files (Highs, Lows, Averages and Rates)   X X
Monthly and Yearly Climate Reports   X X
Weather Website Builder     X
Dial-up and Network Connections and Automation     X
Automated FTP Functions (send, retrieve, create directories, etc)     X
Web Page Templates     X
HTML Tags     X
HTML File Tags     X
Uploading HTTP and FTP Files     X
EMail Weather Reports     X
EMail Alarms     X
METAR Downloads     X
METAR Icon Generation     X
METAR Generator     X
METAR Text Reports     X
Upload to Weather Servers (WeatherUnderground.com and Weatherforyou.com)     X
APRS File Generation     X

 

Ambient's Virtual Weather Station FAQ

What Weather Stations does VWS Work With?

  • All Davis Weather Stations, including the Vantage Pro, Vantage Pro Plus, Vantage Pro2, Vantage Pro2 Plus, Wizard III, Monitor II, and Perception
  • All Oregon Scientific Weather Stations, including the WMR-918, WMR-928N, WMR-968 and WM-918
  • La Crosse WS-2300, WS-2305, WS-2310, WS-2315, WS-3610
  • All Radio Shack Weather Stations, including the WX-200 and Accuweather Wireless Station 63-1016
  • Huger WM-918 (same as the Oregon Scientific WM-918)
  • Rainwise MKIII, WT-2000 and MH-1 Hazmat
  • WeatherHawk Weather Stations
  • Peet Bros Weather Stations
  • Kestrel 4000
  • Texas Weather Instruments Stations
  • Columbia Weather Systems Weather Stations

 

What are the Hardware and Software Requirements?
The following hardware is required for communicating to the Weather Station:
  • PC running Windows 95, 98, NT4.0 or greater, 2000, ME, or XP. VWS also requires Internet Explorer Version 4.0 or greater. You do not need to run Internet Explorer, but Virtual Weather Station Internet Edition requires some of the internet tools included with Internet Explorer.
  • 8MB RAM (Minimum)
  • Serial Communication Port
  • Serial Cable (some weather stations require special cables which may be provided with the station or may need to be purchased separately)

 

Display Preferences:  Virtual Weather Station prefers high resolution or 16-bit color.  Some images may result in poor quality at lower resolution settings.

  • Virtual Weather Station is best viewed at 800 x 600 pixels or greater.
  • Power or Energy saving features may result in distorted jpeg images.

 

What is Virtual Weather Station?
Virtual Weather Station is a software package that allows you to connect your personal computer to your weather station to display, plot and store data for comprehensive monitoring and analysis.

 

What kinds of Reports does VWS Generate?
With the Virtual Weather Station Pro Edition, you can generate NOAA monthly and yearly reports, daily, monthly and yearly high and low summary reports, record data by the minute, generate csv files for Excel spreadsheet analysis and much more.

 

How does the Internet Edition Differ?
Virtual Weather Station Internet Edition features Email, FTP File Transfer, and HTTP file transfer. You can automatically send files to an FTP server or automatically send e-mail when alarm conditions occur. The software converts display panels into jpeg images that any client using a World Wide Web (WWW or Web) browser can access. The software is compatible with standard Web browsers and requires no additional networking software or configuration. And you don't even need a web server. With Ambient's Weather Underground project, you can share your data with the rest of the weather community with a simple web browser.

 

Are Reports Backward Compatible with Earlier Versions?
No. The new Virtual Weather Station's summary reports are not compatible with the summary reports for Virtual Weather Station Classic and Weather Lab. When upgrading, you will not be able to access your previous NOAA and summary reports.

Virtual Weather Station Versions 10.00 and greater is NOT compatible with Virtual Weather Station Versions 9.07 or less and Weather Lab. Do not upgrade unless you are willing to lose all historical data.

 

Why does VWS Require Dial-up Networking accounts?
Virtual Weather Station requires some of the Remote Access Service (RAS) tools included with Dial-up Networking. To install Dial-up Networking, select the Dial-up Networking Folder and Make a new Connection... Follow the wizard until the RAS components are loaded on your computer.

 

Do I need any special hardware to connect VWS to my Weather Station?
This depends entirely on what weather station you own. If you own a Davis Instruments weather station, such as the Vantage Pro™ or Pro Plus™, you must also buy the WeatherLink module, no matter which VWS software package you wish to purchase.

 

Is Virtual Weather Station available for the Macintosh?
No.

 

 

 

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