About This Station - About This Website - About Colorado Springs

About This Station

StetsonWeather.com went online in February 2010 (although I started collecting data in December of 2009). The station is powered by a Davis Vantage Vue 6250 weather station. The station comprises an array of sensors including an anemometer (wind), rain gauge, and thermo-hygro sensor and is currently in a temporary location until roof damage has been repaired. This is an all in one unit that replaced my previous station due to massive hail damage in July of 2016. The data is collected from the sensors every 5 seconds and the website is updated every minute.

My location is somewhat different than others around the city because I back up to Sand Creek, creating some interesting weather patterns. This station also participates in the Citizens Weather Observer Program (CWOP) as Station ID DW4524. We strive to have the most accurate data but along the Front Range it can be very difficult. It can be snowing in one location and a mile in another direction sunny. You can find the summary of my CWOP data here.

**--** My station was taken offline in November 2014 after my webhost went out of business. In February of 2015 I decided to bring it back online with a new host and some new software. In May of 2015, I replaced the original WH-1080 (after 5 years) with a WS-2080 from Ambient. It was in service until July of 2016 when we suffered golf ball and larger hail during a storm lasting 45 minutes. I have since replaced it with a Davis Vantage Vue which I hope will have a long life.

An additional change was made just this week (2/18/18), I purchased a VP2 Anemometer and wireless transmitter from Amazon, they both were installed with the normal amount of cursing on my part. They are now operating about 4 feet above my roof line. With that I was able to lower my Vue to just 6 feet above the ground so I can get the most accurate wind readings to go with the temp/humidity/rain readings I've had for the past 18 months.

Davis Vantage Vue 6250

About This Website

This website is owned and maintained by a me as a hobby more than anything. The Vantage Vue weather station console receives data from the various sensors. The console is then connected to a Dell Latitude 6400 laptop with 4GB of RAM running Windows 7 Professional. A software program called Weather Display captures all the data and then in turn uploads the information to the web site (hosted by A Small Orange).

This site is based on a template design by CarterLake.org. Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather Ken True at Saratoga Weather for sharing their knowledge of PHP, AJAX and various other features that this site uses. Significant knowledge and troubleshooting help has also been gained from the awesome users on the Weather Watch forums.

About Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs was founded on July 31, 1871 by General William Palmer, with the intention of creating a high-quality resort community, and was soon nicknamed "Little London" because of the many English tourists who came. Nearby Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods made the city's location a natural choice.

Within two years his flagship resort the Antlers Hotel opened, welcoming U.S. and international travelers as well as health-savvy individuals seeking the high altitude and dry climate, and Palmer's visions of a thriving, quality resort town were coming true. Soon after, he founded the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, a critical regional railroad. He maintained his presence in the city's early days by making many grants or sales of land to civic institutions. Palmer and his wife saw Colorado Springs develop into one of the most popular travel destinations in the late 1800s United States.

There are over 300 days of sunshine to be enjoyed in Colorado Springs annually. At an altitude of 6,035 feet, the climate of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region is warm in the summer and moderate in the spring, fall and winter. Classified as an "alpine desert," the dry, clean air was once a destination to heal tuberculosis patients. Today, visitors enjoy the climate because it allows for year-round outdoor recreation. Summers are dry with temperatures in the 80s to mid 90s, with cool nights in the 60s. Spring and fall temperatures range from the mid 50s to the low 70s and winters here can be white, but normally the snow that does fall melts quickly and reveals a sunny sky again. Winter temperatures range from the low 30s to upper 40s.

Colorado Springs is located 61 miles south of Denver near the base of one of the most famous mountains in the U.S.: Pikes Peak. As of the 2010 census, our population was 410,427 in the city proper, adding the rest of the metro area we are at 645,613. Basic elevation is 6035 feet but can vary widely, this station is at 6619 feet. Colorado Springs is the 41st most populus city in the US, we are home to the United States Air Force Academy, US Northern Command and Air Force Space Command (Peterson and Schriever AFB), Fort Carson Army Base as well as a number of other military installations. We are also home to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo which is the highest zoo in the U.S. (elevation wise)