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24 Feb 2008
Anybody here with experience with the new WeatherLink IP data logger?

The IP logger can be found from the WL580 TCP/IP communication window, MAC address is correct as well as the allocated IP address. All standard TCP/IP functions can be performed on the logger such as pinging etc The IP logger is definately available on the network but the WL580 communication test fails everytime under every config I have tried.

Have now run out of ideas/reasons/answers why all IP network functions are OK but WL can not communicate past the IP logger?
17 May 2006
NOAA is having other funding problems besides the potential loss of the GPS Met program as indicated by Professor Businger; that of the loss of the Bolder Space Environment Center. If funding is not found, either inside NOAA or from other sources, the SEC will be unable to function. I would encourage those who are in the US to write your Senators, Congressmen and all to notify Vice-Admiral Lautenbacher, the NOAA Administrator, expressing your support for continued funding for the Space Environment Center.

U.S. Space Weather Service Faces Uncertain Future
Summary For Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06), starting October 1, 2005, the Congressional Appropriations Bill, with rescission, sets the funding for NOAA's Space Environment Center (SEC) at $3.9 M (a reduction of 44 % below the FY05 level of $6.9 M). In order to minimize the impact of this reduction, NOAA has developed a contingency plan to sustain SEC services through FY06. However, this level of funding can not be sustained into FY07. If the funding for FY07 were to remain at the FY06 level, starting October 1, 2006, SEC would lose about half its staff, crippling its ability to serve the Nation with operational products, data collection, and R&D. Unless the appropriation level for SEC is restored to the level of the President's FY07 Budget Request, $7.4 M, the Nation's civilian space weather service is in trouble. At the President's requested funding level, SEC will return to FY05 level of
services, data, and R&D.

NOAA's Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colorado provides services
related to space weather phenomena and hazards. The Center is the Nation's unique provider of real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events, it conducts research in solar-terrestrial physics, and it develops techniques for forecasting solar and geophysical disturbances.
Effective in January 2005 SEC became an operational service within the
National Weather Service, and is one of the National Centers for
Environmental Prediction.
SEC jointly operates the Space Weather Operations Center with the U.S. Air Force and serves as the national and world warning center for disturbances that can affect people and equipment on Earth and in space.

include commercial airlines, operators of electric power grids,
communicators, satellite operators, commercial providers of value-added
space weather services, the National Space Weather Program, DoD, NASA, and FAA. Partnering with researchers funded by NSF, NASA, and the DoD, SEC is the place where much of the nation's $100s of millions annual investment in the National Space Weather Program and in space physics research is applied for the benefit of commerce, defense, NASA spaceflight, and individual taxpayers.
In the appropriations bill for FY06, the SEC received a severe cut to its
budget of about 44%, with no explanation for the reduction. One time
funding additions have kept SEC afloat in FY06. The President's Budget
request is $7.4 million for SEC in FY07 (an amount consistent with its past
budgetary levels).

Unless SEC's appropriation level is returned to the level requested in the
President's Budget for FY07, the best outlook is that Space Environment
Center shrinks to less than half its capability. All ability to improve its
services will cease, including all research, development, and transition
work and reliable provision of GOES and POES space weather data. The
operational component will be reduced to a skeleton level. In this case,
the Nation's space weather service will cease to improve and will not be
able to meet future needs.

You can contact Vice Admiral Lautenbacher at:

Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr USN, Retired
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
NOAA Administrator
National Oceanic and Atomspheric Administration
Herbert Clark Hoover Building, Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230
17 May 2006
This is a forwarded message on behalf of those trying to maintain the NOAA's GPS network with regard weather forecasting.

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to call your attention to a development that I hope is
of interest to you. The United States network of nearly 400 ground-
based GPS receivers (see link to map below) that is run by NOAA?s
Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) is in danger of being shut
down for lack of support totaling less than $1M. As you know, this
network produces real-time observations of precipitable water (PW,
the total amount of water vapor in a column) over the U.S. These
data have been shown to be important in weather forecasting in
general, and severe weather forecasting in particular. Given the
importance of these observations, I hope you will join me in signing
an open letter to Vice Admiral Lautenbacher to encourage NOAA to find
some way to continue support of this unique and valuable national
network (see link to draft letter below). Please respond in a timely
way if you are interested in joining this effort, because we would
like to mail the letter next week. Also feel free to pass this
message on to interested friends in the Atmospheric Sciences community.

link to map of GPS sites:

link to open letter to NOAA:

link to PPT presentation (~8 MB file):
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