Friday, 4 August 2017

Sparrow Selfie

The weather webcam takes a still if it records movement.
Often it's flies in the window and once before it caught a barn owl  - but not as close as this.
Possibly after spiders round the window frame.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Heavy thunderstorm 6th July 2017

We hadn't really had the heat which powered this storm, in fact the day before barely reached 13C so it was a bit unfair to be hit by almost 30mm in less than an hour!

Thunder rumbled to the North and West for most of an hour before the rain and hail hit at about 5pm
Peak rain rate was an astonishing new calculated record of 1080mm/hour!

Roof guttering and drains were swamped and water cascaded everywhere for several minutes but luckily it ended as quickly as it began so the river only rose to a modest level and no major damage was caused.

It was rather similar to the June 2005 event which devastated Bilsdale and Hawnby after droppng well over 6" over a couple of hours.
Westerdale had a similar 30mm in that storm too.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Deja Vue

Exactly like last year on 26th April.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Twitter Feed

Since a recent update to Weather-Display software the Twitter post at about midnight seems to no longer work in that it asks for manual authentication every time.
That's not going to happen so I'll probably turn it off until the issue (probably) gets resolved in further updates.

Previously I might have rolled back to an older version but there's an important change in the latest software which makes the program work normally with more secure SFTP uploads.
SFTP has been enforced by the Hosting company and otherwise needs a somewhat unreliable FTP bridge program running alongside WD.  

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

1and1 Hosting problems

On the 14th of June 1and1 decided to make it only possible to use SFTP rather than FTP to upload files, this is a more secure protocol which is all very well but settings need to be changed - yet they didn't think any need to warn in advance.
It took several emails to support to establish why uploads were getting scrambled or not getting through at all.
The new settings worked for 24 hours then stopped again!
After several more emails they said there was an issue with FTP altogether and this was not resolved until today 21st June!

If that wasn't enough it transpires that the Weather Display software doesn't have the latest required SFTP options and won't work with it.
After a bit of hunting round I found a stand alone FTP program, which will bridge to the newer SFTP protocol -

For now this is working quite well but will need manually restarting alongside Weather Display if it ever stops.
Hopefully eventually the developer will update the inbuilt SFTP add-on.

1and1 were truly hopeless through all this with a range of goofy responses, and what seemed like deliberate mis-understanding of the problem I described in great detail - presumably so they could tick a box and move on.
It seemed to take 2 or 3 days before they believed it wasn't me that had made a mistake with the settings.
Unfortunately I only paid a year's hosting in May or I'd be switching ASAP.
As it is I'll probably change anyway as I can get a better deal for similar cost from others.
You would think it might be worth sticking with a big company because if anything went wrong they'd be onto it in hours - this shows different with 7 days of almost no proper service, and the most unhelpful support imaginable.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Webcam surprise

This owl has been around a lot for months, but this never happened before!
By chance the saved still caught it very close to the house.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Late April snow

Snow on and off all morning today 26th April