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Setting Up Your Site

Here you will learn the necessary steps to setup your site. Before we get into details, however, let's review some terminology that will aid in your understanding of WeatherSnoop's operation.

Term Definition
Weather Source A personal weather station or an Internet-based source that WeatherSnoop 3 can connect with to obtain data.
Site The physical location where the weather source is located.
Site Document A bundle of information representing a particular site and weather source. A Site Document is stored as a file on your Mac.
Agent The software entity in WeatherSnoop 3 that is responsible for interfacing to a specific weather source.
Property A measurable item (e.g. temperature, wind speed, barometric pressure, etc) that is tied to a specific weather source. Properties carry information such as unit, graph color and calibration offset.

That is the very high-level definition of the important terms in WeatherSnoop. If you don't find what you're looking for there, check out our Glossary of Terms which includes just about every term we can think of that you might run across. Next, we want to go into a little more detail about each of the main object types to help you understand when and why you would want to use them.

Running WeatherSnoop 3 For The First Time

When launching WeatherSnoop 3 for the first time, the introduction window will appear. From this window, you can create a Site Document (a document which olds all of the information about your site and weather source), open an existing Site Document, or dive right into the documentation.

This window will also appear when you restart WeatherSnoop 3, but only if you quit the application with no open Site Documents at the time.

On the right is a table of recently opened files. When you start WeatherSnoop 3 for the first time, this will be empty, but will grow as you create and open different Site Documents.

By clicking on the New Document…, you will be prompted to create a new Site Document. You can create a Site Document for any of the weather sources that WeatherSnoop 3 supports.

WeatherSnoop 3 provides support for a number weather sources, each with their own specific settings. Click on the Agent for your weather source below and click for details on how to configure it.

Agent Supported Stations
Davis Weather Station Davis Vantage Pro, Vantage Pro 2, Vantage Vue and Weather Envoy.
Ambient Weather Station Family WS-1080, WS-1090, WS-2080 and WS-2090 weather stations.
Weatherwise Solar Pro The Weatherwise Solar Pro weather stations.
Maplin N96GY/N96FY N96GY/N96FY weather stations.
Tycon TP1080WC Tycon's ProWeatherStation.
National Geographic 256NC National Geographic's wireless weather station.
RainWise WS-2000 RainWise WS-2000 computer interface with MK-III or MK-III-LR.
RainWise CC-3000 RainWise CC-3000 computer interface with MK-III or MK-III-LR.
Peet Bros. ULTIMETER ULTIMETER 100/800/2100 weather stations.
Kestrel 4000 Family Nielsen-Kellerman's Kestrel 4000 family of pocket meters.
WeatherHawk 600 Series The WeatherHawk 600 Series of outdoor weather stations.
WeatherHawk Signature Series The WeatherHawk Signature Series of outdoor weather stations.
Columbia Weather MicroServer The MicroServer from Columbia Weather Systems.
Texas Weather Instruments NWS/RWS The NWS/RWS weather stations from Texas Weather Instruments.
Weather Underground Any valid station ID that pushes data to the Weather Underground service.

To create the Site Document, select your weather source from the drop-down menu and follow the steps to completion. Once you’ve completed the setup process for the station, the Agent window will appear.

The Agent Window

The Agent window is the main window associated with a Site Document. It is the window where much of the setup to interface to the weather station is done, along with other settings (such as sharing with various weather services.)

It is also the key window for the Site Document. As long as the Agent window is open. When the Agent window is open, then the Site Document is considered open. When the Agent window is closed, then all other windows associated with the Site Document will close.

You can hide the Agent window by clicking on the yellow button in the upper left corner of the toolbar. This will hide the window in the Dock.

Site Location

Your site location is where your weather source is physically located. This information is needed in certain cases, so taking the time to fill in this information is important.

Click on the Site button on the toolbar at the top of the Agent window. There are fields for your site's name and location, as well as its longitude, latitude and elevation.

If you need help locating your longitude and latitude for your site, a good website for helping you to determine your exact longitude and latitude is EarthTools.

Once you've entered the information, you can click the Site Map button to view your site in Google Maps.

Next Steps

With your agent and location setup, let's take a look at Preferences.

setting_up_your_site.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/01 11:06 (external edit)