29 Jan, 2019
I had grand plans for things I could get done during what ended up being a 35 day partial government shutdown (#TrumpShutdown), but I was put on excepted status and worked for 3 of the 5 weeks. The first 2 weeks were all tied up in family and Holidays activities. So needless to say, my list of things to get done is largely untouched.

However, after the fact, I just got around to updating some of my colors photo project with a new brown and two new blues! The new brown is from Raleigh-Durham, NC. And the new blue ones are from Lake Tahoe, CA and from Whitefish, MT.
26 Jul, 2018
It hadn't rained much for a while in our backyard. For a stretch of 17 days only 0.59" of rain fell. Then it rained over a half-inch on July 23rd and the tipping bucket rain gauge in my weather station recorded none of it. I thought maybe the bottom of the collection funnel was plugged and if it was I'd find a puddle of standing water in the funnel. But upon looking into it the next day, the funnel was bone dry. I disassembled the rain gauge from the rest of the unit. There was a little bit of sludge/pollen/dirt collected in the cup and one seemingly diminutive spider web. I cleaned off the web and wiped out the cup. I reattached the rain gauge and then poured a little bit of water down the funnel. I could hear the tipping mechanism working and sure enough the fake rain registered in the data logger. Further validation occurred overnight when it rained an additional 0.11". I never would have thought a small unsuspecting spider web would wreak havoc on my tipping bucket rain gauge. Spiders - love 'em and hate 'em!
3 Jun, 2018
I have wanted a quality home weather station for years and years. This year I finally purchased one. Yesterday I got it installed outside and now the data is streaming online. If you live in Fairlawn or nearby, or are simply curious from afar, you can find the Melchior backyard on WeatherUnderground: Fort Island. For a tabular, less visually pleasing presentation, visit CWOP: FW3046.

Here is a photo of the weather station, Davis Vantage Vue, mostly installed. If you look closely you will see zip ties. It is now permanently installed with a few U-clamps.