Recently I restarted my weather station and as in the past, I wanted to include fire weather warning info
. I had lost the software so I asked on the forum
and got a reply about FWIcalc. That software seemed to have reached the end of its life-cycle and the author had stopped. The orphanaged software is still available and can be used but:
- it requires a PC to run, separate from the weather system (unless you run cumulus on a PC permanently on);
- it calculates as a black box, meaning no info on the theory behind it, is readily available.
Both points are an issue I think. Apparently fire weather warning is not of much interest to many owners of PWSs, but it is to me. The subject itself is interesting (having studied forestry) and the strong relation to local meteorology makes it a great combination to theoretically investigate. Besides, I would like to see some software to generate automatically the FWI and display it on the site. This would require a calculation on the Cumulus side or on (web)server side. Wherever it is done, it must be integrated in the system somehow.
So I began by studying and created a blog to track my findings (and also for other PWS related stuff). You can find it here
and you can select the relevant FWI blogs by using the tag FWI
. [Sorry for the theme, that may change if I find a better one, especially with a - for me - acceptable layout/font-size]
If will indicate update here with either relevant theory, software or otherwise.
Comments are welcome.