About The Southampton Weather Station:

Hello and welcome to the Southampton Weather station website.
Latitude:     50° 53' 59" N (deg min sec), 50.8997° (decimal), 5053.98N (LORAN)
Longitude:  01° 23' 44" W (deg min sec), -1.3955° (decimal), 0123.73W (LORAN)
Elevation: 32 Metres (104 Feet) Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL)

This private weather station was assembled and configured in various stages throughout early 2008 and is in constant development.
This website serves as a superb live reference point for local weather events affecting the Southampton area of Hampshire, England.

The station is comprised of many different sets of wireless sensors providing data for many different purposes. The most relevant are pairs of anemometers (both for wind speed and direction), self tipping, self emptying rain gauges accurate to 0.1mm, dual digital barometers, dual digital thermometers, soil and moisture sensors, cloud detection equipment, UV sensors, psychrometers and various digital hygrometer sensors all situated in optimal positions to give you the very highest possible accuracy.

Our weather station is physically located very close to the centre of Southampton City. The relevant weather data is collected by our arrays of wireless sensors and sent every 2 seconds to our main station computers in Southampton and then on to our website which is constantly updated live every few seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The main site web servers are securely collocated in air-conditioned, temperature and voltage controlled racks in Telehouse London UK.

About the Wonderful City of Southampton:

Southampton is a vibrant, modern city which offers a warm welcome to visitors from all over the world. Southampton is a major port situated on the south coast of England. It is the closest city to the New Forest, situated approximately halfway between Portsmouth and Bournemouth. It lies at the northern-most point of Southampton Water where it is joined by the River Test and River Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area.

Southampton has always been strongly connected with maritime history and developments. It is a primary port for cruise ships, its heyday being the first half of the 20th century. Today it remains home to many luxury liners, as well as being an important container port. The outstanding harbour means it is the principal port on the south coast, and one of the largest in the UK. A vibrant modern City, the centuries old port of Southampton is amongst the most fascinating settlements on the UKs South Coast.

Southampton has long been established as one of the UK's foremost ports. Whilst today's docks may be best known for departing cruise liners, the city has played a major part in maritime history. Southampton was the city that first saw the departure of the Mayflower in 1620 and, in 1912, Southampton was the starting point for the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage.The Southampton boat show is also held annually in the city and is a key event in the maritime calendar.The city has a proud sporting culture, with Southampton Football Club playing at the St Mary's Stadium. The Rose Bowl, home to Hampshire Cricket Club, also hosts regular international cricket.

Generally Southampton has mild winters. The average minimum temperature only falls as low as 2.6 °C in February; which is the coldest month of the year. This is mainly as a result of its close proximity to the sea. Likewise February also has the maximum number of air frost days, though notably lower than the UK average. The highest number of days with rainfall more than 1mm are in January - and winter has more than any other season. Despite this, rainfall accumulation is higher in autumn.

Temperatures can be mild from March onwards, with long term highs of 11 °C. By May, this figure rises to 17 °C. Costal locations can be affected by sea breezes, which result in lower maximum temperatures than further inland. Sunshine hours increases significantly in April from the previous month, and the figure is much higher than the UK average. Rainfall in Southampton is lower in spring than nationally, with May the driest month in the season.

July is the hottest month in Southampton and August is close behind. Average daytime maxima are 22.4 °C and 22.3 °C respectively. Extreme maximum temperatures can occur in either month and are usually associated with heat waves lasting several days. The highest temperature ever recorded in Southampton was 35.6 °C on 28th June. There are more sunshine hours in summer than any other season. Rainfall averages in Southampton during summer are half the national average and the driest month of the year is July, with an average of only 42 mm of rain.

Temperatures usually stay warm in September with an average daytime maximum of 19.8 °C. This is around 3 °C higher than the UK average. Rainfall accumulation in Southampton is highest in Autumn compared to any other season and typically the most rain falls in November. Days of air frost are around 1 day every two years in October, but the likelihood increases dramatically in November.

About This Live Website and Credits:

Many of the weather station sensors and equipment were supplied by Oregon Scientific (UK) Limited located in Maidenhead, Berkshire UK.
Also Davis Instruments Ltd, One Wire Ltd, Boltek, Cambell Scientific, and Dallas Semiconductors.
The servers that this site and the weather station run on were supplied by Posinfo Ltd. Thanks to Jonathan for all your help and advice.
The routers were supplied by Linksys/Netgear/Cisco and the networking was supplied by Solwise Ltd. with great help and support from them.

Special thanks go to Kevin Reed for his design for the common website PHP management.
Thanks also to Mike Challis for his wind-rose generator, who's online mapping, Theme Switcher and CSS styling help.
A few articles in our weather information section were supplied courtesy of Wikipedia.
Ken True for the AJAX conditions and dashboard integration.
YRNO and the Norwegian Met Institute for the flash forecast interface.
More complete credits can be found here.

These pages are all CSS and XHTML 1.0 compliant. Validate the CSS of this site.

Disclaimer:

Throughout this website we have provided links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties. Our linking to such third-party sites does not imply an endorsement of such sites, or the information, products or services offered on or through these sites. Please note this is a Private Weather Station run on a Non Profit basis. We do our very best to provide accurate up to date weather information, but as you can imagine running a site like this is a complicated and time consuming affair and if unseen circumstances should affect our output then we can only apologize and try to remedy the situation as quickly as we can. All information is provided "as is" we take no responsibility for any erroneous data or inaccurate forecasts. You should not rely on data from this site for any professional purposes. Never base important decisions on our weather information that could result in harm to people or property.
Please Note: We cannot always predict the future, if it rains, it rains...