Now that life has settled down somewhat, I’ll resume posting notes in the blog from time to time. The first issue to resolve is that of the malfunctioning temperature probe.
Temperature Probe Update
You may recall that we had problems with our temperature probe starting last year – first with the probe itself and then with delivery of the replacement probe.
From early October 2011 through January 30, 2012, inaccurate temperature readings lead to inaccurate relative humidity readings. Also, for some reason, solar information was lost during that time.* Wind speed readings for November and December were null.
Rain and wind direction data seemed to be okay, so we have a summary table in data archive section to compare with our other summary tables. We had a total of 204 inches of rain in 2011, about 12 inches higher than average for our area.
*Update, 7 May 2012. The solar information is fine. I found an error in my Excel formula. The summary tables are all corrected now and up to date.
Summaries in Place
All data summary tables, including for 2012, are up to date. The numbers support our impression that the first three months of 2012 were drier than usual. The grass turned crisp and in places the soil cracked, looking like a dried-up lake bed.
A chart comparing 2012 rainfall with the 19-year monthly average and the 19-year monthly maximum clearly shows this “drought.”