Where is Sand Point?
The Weather Station
The weather station is situated 140 miles north of Detroit on Sand Point, which is located along M-25 on the northwestern coast of the Michigan Thumb, approximately 3 miles south of Caseville Michigan (home of the “Cheeseburger In Caseville” festival). Extending west, 4 miles out into Saginaw Bay, Sand Point forms Wild Fowl Bay.
Installed in May of 2003, the weather station was purchased originally, as a Davis Wireless Vantage Pro. It is situated on the south shore of Sand Point, not far from the water tower. In June of 2006, the Davis Ultra Violet (UV) and Solar Radiation Sensors were added to the weather station essentially converting it to a Davis Wireless Vantage Pro Plus.
In the winter, a heater inside the rain collector melts the snow to record the actual water content.
The anemometer (wind speed & direction sensors) is mounted at the top of an 18 ft. mast mounted on the roof of my two-story garage. That puts it about 40 ft. above ground level (AGL).
The web cam is an RCA CKC020 video camera purchased in 1984 with an RCA VKP926 Video Cassette Recorder. The recorder has long-since passed away, but the camera survived and has begun a new career. The camera is connected to a Hauppauge Impact VCB Model 00166 video capture card. The image is uploaded to the website every 5 minutes (during the day) using ImageSalsa.
The camera is mounted in an upstairs window pointing SSE (160° on the compass dial) across Wild Foul Bay. Bayshore Marina is in the upper right corner but is not visible because of the leaves. My web cam view is very limited due to the surrounding trees.
The Weather Station, NOAA Weather Radio, and Web Cam are connected to a stand-alone computer that is protected from power outages by an APC UPS system.
NEW January 2007, added the ability to stream live audio from my Radio Shack Model 12-258 Weather Radio to the Website. The broadcast is from NOAA Flint National Weather Radio KIH29 162.475 MHz. Although my location is at the outer fringe of broadcast reception for the transmitter located in Clio, a roof top antenna makes my reception quite good and very reliable.
NEW December 2009, added the ability to detect, map & track lightning strikes.
Much of this site is based on 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.
Template is originally based on Designs by Haran.