The school-based weather stations, and teacher resources available on the
Resource Page, are being developed to assist teachers by providing them
with free resources that will allow them to deliver aspects of the K-12
science education curriculum with state of the art interactive technologies.
Our ultimate goal is to engage children in the wonders of science.
A brief overview of the project is also available.
Longitudes used on the site are planetocentric. That is, they
increase positively eastward from the Prime Meridian. Under this
system the longitude of Victoria is (approximately) 237° which is
equivalent 123°W or -123°.
For further information or data inquiries please contact us at
weather at uvic dot ca. If you find a problem or have a question
about the site please be sure to send the relevant site and page
address (the URL from your browser's address bar). Also include a screen
capture image if you can so that we can see what you are seeing.
We have granted the CTV Vancouver Island
the exclusive rights to use the real time data in their live television
weather segments in an effort
to both promote public education in general in the Greater Victoria, Sooke and Saanich School
Districts, as well as to build community relationships and partnerships with the local
school districts and the local media.
Funding for purchasing the weather stations installed at the
locations was provided by donations from the Highlands
Stewardship Foundation and Longview Consulting.
This network uses DavisVantage Pro 2
weather stations which are monitored automatically with our own version of
on computers running the GNU/Linux operating system. The data are recorded
in a MySQL database and fed out to the world through the
web site. Figures are generated
using scripts written in the IDL
PDF versions of the station summary pages are generated with
The first station was installed in February 2002 on the roof of the
Ian Stewart Complex here at the University