About This Station

The station is powered by a Vantage 2 Pro weather station. The data is collected every 5 seconds and the site is updated every 5 minutes. This site and its data are collected using Weather Display Software Meteobridge software. The station is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible.

The system feeds data to a small Atom based computer (Jetway HBJC200C91-230B) that has plenty of power to manage everything that's needed. The OS is Windows Home Server v1. I chose WHS simply because it was the cheapest Windows based OS I could find. The System feeds to a TP-Link TL-MR3020 portable router that has been flashed with Meteobridge. It is a great little device that uses almost no power (I calculate about 63 cents a year running 24/7/265) and seems quite reliable. Once of the great features, in my view, is that it simply "works", there's no worries about Windows updates, needing to login after a power failure to restart the software and others issues around Windows. In addition to the Vantage 2 Pro, I also have a 1-wire solar sensor to provide solar data. I played with 1-wire but coudn't get consistent data from it, so it has been disconnected :(

Finally, there's a Panasonic BL-C140A Outdoor MPEG-4 Network Camera (Silver)

About Ellijay

Ellijay is located in the mountains of northeast Georgia. In fact, almost half of Gilmer county's 427 miles are located within the Chattahoochee National Forest. Not far from here begins the Appalachian Trail.

Gilmer county was created in December 1832 from parts of surrounding counties and was named for George R. Gilmer who had served both as governor of Georgia and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The city of Ellijay is known as the Apple Capital of Georgia and is host to an annual Apple Festival in the first two weeks of October. In addition to apples, the chicken industry is strong in Gilmer County, having benefited from the efforts of Jesse Jewell, a feed salesman who began offering farmers a deal that was hard to refuse: He would sell them with baby chicks -- and the feed to raise them -- on credit, and when the chickens were ready for market, his company would buy them back at a price that would provide the farmer with a reasonable profit. Since the 1920's, chicken farming has been big business in north Georgia and Gilmer county!

About This Website

This site is a template design by CarterLake.org with PHP conversion by Saratoga-Weather.org.
Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather for his work on the original Carterlake templates, and his design for the common website PHP management.
Special thanks to Mike Challis of Long Beach WA for his wind-rose generator, Theme Switcher and CSS styling help with these templates.
Special thanks go to Ken True of Saratoga-Weather.org for the AJAX conditions display, dashboard and integration of the TNET Weather common PHP site design for this site.

Cloud base graphic courtesy of Bashewa Weather

Thanks, too, to WebsterWeatherLive.com for the scripts for mobile devices.

Template is originally based on Designs by Haran.

This template is XHTML 1.0 compliant. Validate the XHTML and CSS of this page.

11.30.2016 - Started a trial of Meteobridge on a TP-Link MR3020. This reduces costs from about 25watts to less than 1 watt. (Reduces costs from $25 to 63 cents per year). So far, very pleased with the result.

12.15.2014 - Moved WD back to the Jetway mini computer running Windows Home Server 2011 to reduce operating costs (25W v 90W)

07.07.2014 - After repeated issues with the site being down multiple times daily and on several occasions for more than 12 hours I gave up on BVM and moved to KVCHosting.com.
12.30.2013 - Site scripts reinstalled to correct errors from the move.
12.26.2013 - site moved to BlueVM.com.