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6 minutes ago, paweather said:

Yeah wait for snow amounts. 

I really don't care what the airport receives, with snow it's all about my backyard. (and the front for that matter :)) I honestly don't care about rain either, but what the NWS is reporting for MDT doesn't fall in line with the town it's situated in. And it's not even remotely close. 

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1 hour ago, sauss06 said:

wondering if my neighbor who gives me rainfall totals has a an issue. no way he was almost double you

Always a chance my gauge had something go amiss like wind moved rain away or something. But the puddle in front of the garage wasn't anything major like it can be with 3"+. 

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3 minutes ago, Itstrainingtime said:

I understand and empathize with you. 

How can there be such a disparity in numbers? If we were talking tenths of an inch I'd sort of understand. But how does MDT receive over 2" less than the town it sits on the outskirts of? 

This wasn't some isolated thunderstorm. 

And the simulated radar is also wrong/different.   No one says that simulation is perfect but its off by over 2" for a wide area.  Its a mess. 

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5 minutes ago, Bubbler86 said:

And the simulated radar is also wrong/different.   No one says that simulation is perfect but its off by over 2" for a wide area.  Its a mess. 

Given Canderson's report, it definitely gives pause when considering what MDT reported. 

On the flipside, all of the Coop reports were completely in line with what I reported. (Including Middletown and Harrisburg)

As you said, it's a big mess and at this point...it's going to remain that way. 

14.69" is my official monthly total. Period. :) 

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26 minutes ago, canderson said:

Always a chance my gauge had something go amiss like wind moved rain away or something. But the puddle in front of the garage wasn't anything major like it can be with 3"+. 

i have never hit water like i did yesterday morning on Cameron street just prior to Elmerton. You couldn't see it. if someone in a car hit that, they would have wrecked, then more standing water in the left turn lane onto Elemerton. Makes me wonder their recent paving job didn't come into play there?

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4 minutes ago, sauss06 said:

i have never hit water like i did yesterday morning on Cameron street just prior to Elmerton. You couldn't see it. if someone in a car hit that, they would have wrecked, then more standing water in the left turn lane onto Elemerton. Makes me wonder their recent paving job didn't come into play there?

That rain around that time was crazy heavy ... but it didn't do too much except stay light otherwise. 

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7 minutes ago, paweather said:

I got the ambient it is coming Monday now I just need to try and put it together.

There's really nothing to "put together" - you'll want to consider buying 2 additional things however. I bought a 10' wooden post at Home Depot and sunk that a few feet into the ground. I also ordered a piece of steel pipe directly from Ambient. I clamped that to the wooden post, then mounted the station itself off the pipe. If you go to YouTube and search the Ambient Station, you'll find videos on how different people installed there stations. You'll need to find what works best for you. Just remember to try and find an area out of direct sunlight (obviously) yet as far away from structures as you can get...and the higher, the better to get some accuracy in wind speed. My yard does not allow that, I knew going in that was a sacrifice I would need to make.

My station is between 10 and 15' off the ground. Ideally you'd want it a little higher, again, that's for the wind aspect. 

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2 minutes ago, Itstrainingtime said:

There's really nothing to "put together" - you'll want to consider buying 2 additional things however. I bought a 10' wooden post at Home Depot and sunk that a few feet into the ground. I also ordered a piece of steel pipe directly from Ambient. I clamped that to the wooden post, then mounted the station itself off the pipe. If you go to YouTube and search the Ambient Station, you'll find videos on how different people installed there stations. You'll need to find what works best for you. Just remember to try and find an area out of direct sunlight (obviously) yet as far away from structures as you can get...and the higher, the better to get some accuracy in wind speed. My yard does not allow that, I knew going in that was a sacrifice I would need to make.

My station is between 10 and 15' off the ground. Ideally you'd want it a little higher, again, that's for the wind aspect. 

Thanks I have a fence in my backyard. 

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3 minutes ago, Itstrainingtime said:

There's really nothing to "put together" - you'll want to consider buying 2 additional things however. I bought a 10' wooden post at Home Depot and sunk that a few feet into the ground. I also ordered a piece of steel pipe directly from Ambient. I clamped that to the wooden post, then mounted the station itself off the pipe. If you go to YouTube and search the Ambient Station, you'll find videos on how different people installed there stations. You'll need to find what works best for you. Just remember to try and find an area out of direct sunlight (obviously) yet as far away from structures as you can get...and the higher, the better to get some accuracy in wind speed. My yard does not allow that, I knew going in that was a sacrifice I would need to make.

My station is between 10 and 15' off the ground. Ideally you'd want it a little higher, again, that's for the wind aspect. 

The direct sunlight issue has always been my problem.  

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@paweather - I think you'll end up pleased with your investment. Not sure what you've had to this point, but getting a weather station several years ago really upped my appreciation for weather events. It's "fun" tracking rain now...beyond total amount, you can now get accurate rates per hour, per event, per day, etc. Same thing with temperatures...again, keep the sensor in the shade as much as you can. 

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1 minute ago, Bubbler86 said:

The direct sunlight issue has always been my problem.  

I sacrificed the wind to get the accurate temp reading. My station is only about 20' behind my house...but it's fully shaded save for a very brief period of time in the early evening when the high for the day has usually occurred anyway. 

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2 minutes ago, Itstrainingtime said:

@paweather - I think you'll end up pleased with your investment. Not sure what you've had to this point, but getting a weather station several years ago really upped my appreciation for weather events. It's "fun" tracking rain now...beyond total amount, you can now get accurate rates per hour, per event, per day, etc. Same thing with temperatures...again, keep the sensor in the shade as much as you can. 

Yep can't wait!

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2 hours ago, paweather said:

This one:

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Does yours have a battery backup in the display unit? Mine doesn't, and as such, missed out on a high wind event the night we had the microburst and lost power as soon as the gust hit. I registered 19.5mph, then poof...darkness. 

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Good stuff on the 12Z GFS.   Has a Major 'Cane (not going to look up which name it is) going by way to the East in the Atlantic with a new tropical system spawning to the larger systems West while at our latitude.  The new storm beelines for the East Coast and is about to head up the Chessie as moderate tropical system then, yoink, it stops and retrogrades Southwest to never been seen again. 

 

The end result is a run of beautiful weather with basically no rain for half a month. 

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