You keep your weather station running in top shape, but if something goes wrong, what then? Consult the Troubleshooting Guide we put together for Rainwise weather stations in NEWA. Developed with input from Rainwise Technical Support personnel and incorporating questions and answers from our workshops, “Improving the Reliability of your Weather Station” the Guide provides a comprehensive overview and detailed steps for fixing problems that arise with your weather station. Some simple fixes, such as turning the station off and then on to reset it, are on the main web page.
Common maintenance issues like the need for a new battery, if not taken care of can lead to anomalies in data or data not being reported. So rather than provide you with a “how to” list, the troubleshooting guide is organized by the types of problems you might encounter with your weather data. These include:
- Rainfall Data Not Collected – Rainfall Missing
- Excess Rainfall Data Collected – Excess Rainfall
- Station is Not Transmitting – Data Transmission
- The Receiving Base is Not Uploading Data to RainwiseNet – Data Upload Failure
Within each web page the likely causes of the problem are described along with a step-by-step guide to fix the problem. Download the Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide and keep it on hand for reference.
When weather stations are 3 to 5 years old, they may begin to show need for repair – new sensors (temperature/relative humidity), new battery, etc. Keep your station in tip top shape with a calibration by the manufacturer at least every two years. And always keep an eye on your weather data to make sure it is within normal parameters.
We’d like to acknowledge the New York State Apple Research and Development Program for funding our workshops for the apple growers in NY and making it possible to create the Troubleshooting Guide and associated web pages that are now available to everyone connected to NEWA across the Eastern US.