Explanation of the Gauges

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Oscar Wilde, Irish Writer & Poet (1854-1900)

Scrolling Weather Ticker: The scrolling weather ticker at the top of the gauge panel displays the current forecast, weather conditions and some recent min/max weather data. The forecast is extrapolated from current conditions. The forecast algorithm uses the following variables: barometric reading & trend, wind speed & direction, rainfall, temperature, humidity, latitude & longitude and time of year. The algorithm is recalculated every hour. This is not necessarily the most accurate forecast for Timber Lakes, but it is pretty amazing, nonetheless, that we are able to use math to produce a weather forecast.

Countdown: The countdown window displays the number of seconds remaining until the gauges are updated. The gauges are updated every 30 seconds.

Popup Graphs: Hover your mouse over each gauge to see a popup graph of its weather data since midnight, along with some additional information about the gauge display.

Temperature: You can display outside or inside temperature. We don’t know why you would choose inside unless you are just curious about the climate in some stranger’s home. When displaying outside temperature, the red band on the gauge face shows today’s temperature range. The directional arrows light up to indicate whether the outside temperature is rising or falling. A neutral bar between the arrows lights up when the temperature is steady.

Alternative Temperatures: You can display Dew Point, Apparent, Wind Chill, Heat Index or Humidex. Dew Point is the temperature at which the air can no longer “hold” all of the water vapor which is mixed with it, and some of the water vapor must condense into liquid water. The Dew Point is always lower than (or equal to) the air temperature. By the way, dew is not typically included in precipitation reports (neither is frost) as condensation does not count as precipitation. Apparent, Wind Chill, Heat Index, and Humidex are different calculated temperatures that take into account the effect of wind and/or humidity on how the temperature feels to your skin. Apparent reflects the effect of wind speed and relative humidity on the temperature. Wind chill reflects the effect of wind speed on temperatures. Wind chill temperature is only defined for temperatures at or below 50°F when wind speeds are above 3 mph. Bright sunshine may increase the wind chill temperature by 10° to 18°F. The National Weather Service formula for windchill excludes relative humidity because tests show relative humidity has less than a 1°F impact on the calculation. The blue arrowhead marker on the edge of the gauge shows the lowest wind chill temperature today. Heat Index calculates the discomfort felt taking into consideration the effect of humidity on temperatures above 79°F. The red arrowhead marker on the edge of the gauge shows the highest heat index temperature today. However, the Index is not calculated for humidity levels below 40%. Therefore, to date, there has never been a Heat Index calculation for Timber Lakes that exceeds the outside temperature. Hence, in Timber Lakes during the summer, it does not feel warmer outside than the actual temperature. Humidex is the same thing as Heat Index, but is calculated with a different formula. Humidex is used by Canadian meterologists to forecast how you will feel when you go curling. We are not in Canada, but welcome our northern neighbors to enjoy our weather, eh? The red band on the gauge face shows today’s temperature range.

Humidity: You can display outside or inside humidity. The red band on the gauge face shows today’s humidity range.

Wind Speed: This gauge shows the current wind speed. The green band on the gauge face shows the range of the 10-minute wind speed average. The red band on the gauge face shows the range of 10-minute wind gusts. The red arrow