Help, News, and Information

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Caution: This help page is left over from a prior release of Fishersville Weather and does not reflect reality but may still provide useful information. A new Help page will be done sometime in the future. Please check back at a later time.

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Control Software
All station control is done with Virtual Weather Station software by Ambient.

The physical equipment used is an Oregon Scientific WMR100 weather station.  This is attached to an Acer Revo PC running Ambient's Virtual Weather Software under Windows Windows 7.  

This site was created by and is managed by Jack Cameron and is a project of Please send your comments about this site to Jack using the Feedback link at the bottom of the main page.  I really appreciate hearing from you... both positive as well as negative comments, of course.

Fishersville Town
The town of Fishersville is located in central Virginia in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley just East of Staunton and just West of Waynesboro and Charlottesville. You may be able to click HERE to view a MapQuest map. If not, go to MapQuest and use the ZIP code 22939 to obtain a map.

Fishersville Weather Station
This weather station is located in the Emerald Hills subdivision about one mile North of Rt 250 on Rt 608 at 38°-06'-49.80" N & 78°-57'-30.80"W. The station is located at an elevation of about 1350 feet above sea level and has an Easterly view of the Sky Line Drive.  Temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors are mounted on the North side of our home, about 6 feet above ground level.  The rain 'tipping bucket' is mounted about 3 feet from the lower roof line and about 8 feet above ground level. The wind sensors are attached to clear the highest roof peak by two feet. A few pictures of the station can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Getting Around
Navigation links have been made as simple as possible.  Use the graphic tabs at the top of each primary page or the text links at the bottom of each primary page.   There are only four primary pages represented by Home, Reports, Links, Photos, and Help. There is also a News link at the bottom of the home page. It is also possible to click on sections of the main broadcast image. For example, clicking on the webcam image at the lower right of the broadcast image will display the webcam page.
Main Page Window
A Three graphic displays are shown on the main page.  On the left is the broadcast image.  To the right are the temperature and barometric charts, each of which shows data for the last 10 days by hour; thus 240 hours in all. Click on one of these charts to display a page of additional charts. The broadcast image shows the most important data as well as a conditions icon (upper right of blue image).  The conditions icon is an estimate of current conditions. This is done automatically, based on station data as well as data from station KSHD at the Shenandoah Airport in Weyers Cave, VA. You can also click on the small image at the lower right corner of the broadcast image to go to the webcam page.

See "Getting Around"

Click HERE to go to the station news page or click on the [ News ] link at the left - bottom of the home page. You may also be able to click on the date in the news banner that sometimes shows just above the broadcase image on the home page.

Rain and Snow Winter Considerations
Effort is taken to separate rain and snow readings. Doing this often requires manual 'after the fact' data adjustment. Without this effort, snow melting in the rain 'tipping bucket' would be recorded as rain. However, the reading would be incorrect due to either sublimation of melting snow or would be noted well after the snow actually fell. Due to this problem, the rain gauge is either disconnected or covered during times of extended below freezing temperatures. At other times, melted snow readings are offset in the data to negate their effect.
Rapid Fire
Station data is streamed to Underground Weather every 15 seconds to enable use of the Rapid Fire "Flash" web facility. Go to the Rapid Fire link on the mail page to access this data.
PWS Dashboard
This is a recent offering from Underground Weather that uses tje rapid fire stream combined with the dail and historical data. It's expected to replace the Rapid Fire facility at some point.
Terms and Conditions
This website, related data, and helpful links and information are provided only as an information service. Use of the data and information is done at your own risk. This station assumes no responsibility for the outcome of any action that may be taken based on the data and information obtained herein. This station is not responsible for the content of external web links contained here.
Weather Watcher Participation
The Fishersville weather station currently feeds data to WHSZ's (Ch3) Weather Lab and participates as one of their "weather watchers". WVIR (Ch29) may also use data from this station as part of their weather broadcast. However, they do not make public mention of such use.