Getting Newhaven NCI weather data

Newhaven NCI Weather machine

The old coastguard station at Newhaven, now run by the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has a weather machine, producing reports to the internet. The current conditions can be viewed via the 'weather' menu on this web site. Any member equipped with an Internet-enabled mobile phone can also receive summarised data from the NCI station on their phone. To receive the reports, set up a bookmark on your mobile phone, in the form:
http://shgc.org.uk/php/newhaven.php?n=yourusername&p=yourpassword

replacing yourusername with the name that you use to sign on to the web site, and yourpassword with the exact password you use. The password is case-sensitive, the name is not. eg if you are 'John Smith', and you log in as 'JSmith', with a password of 'letMEin', then the bookmark should be set up as:
http://shgc.org.uk/php/newhaven.php?n=jsmith&p=letMEin

Go to your new bookmarked site, and you will see a display something like the following:

NEWHAVEN at 11:07 Sun May 24th

Mins Wind Gust    
ago mph mpht From Degrees
90 6 7 SSW 202°
75 6 7 SSW 199-204°
60 6 7 SSW 199-224°
45 6-7 7 SSW 205-218°
30 6-7 7 SSW 207-211°
15 7 8 SSW 209-230°
NOW 6 8 SSW 208°

 

Pressure 30.13Mb
Temperature 12.9°C
High tide at 03:50
Low tide at 10:15
High tide at 16:21
Low tide at 22:39

(You can see what it might look like on your phone, by entering the same URL in your web browser).

The title line indicates when the last data was received from the weather station. At the time of writing, the station oututs data every 5 minutes. The next lines show you the minimum and maximums in 15 minute periods, starting 90 minutes ago. Reports are in reverse order, ending up with the current conditions.

The second line of data above (-75: 6 7 SSW 199-204) shows that 75 minutes ago the wind was 6mph, and the maximum gust was 7mph. The direction at the end of the period was South South West, and the direction varied between 199 and 204 degrees. (NB The range does not indicate the trend, merely the minimum/maximum).

How much will it cost?

The only cost is your mobile phone company's rate for internet access. The data sent is very small, so it shouldn't cost you much at all, possibly less than a text message does.

Can I change the reporting periods?

Yes. To set the interval in minutes to 30, instead of 15, for example, add &i=30 to the URL in your bookmark, to produce the following:

Mins Wind Gust    
ago mph mpht From Degrees
180 4-6 7 South 175-201°
150 5-6 7 SSW 183-197°
120 6-6 7 SSW 191-210°
90 6 7 SW 199-205°
60 6-7 7 SSW 205-224°
30 6-7 8 SW 207-230°
NOW 7 9 SW 233°

 

Pressure 30.13Mb
Temperature 12.9°C
High tide at 03:50
Low tide at 10:15
High tide at 16:21
Low tide at 22:39

You can also set the number of lines displayed. To set it to 10, for example, add &h=10, producing the following report:

Mins Wind Gust    
ago mph mpht From Degrees
150 5-6 7 South 183-197°
135 6 7 SSW 187-197°
120 6-6 7 SSW 191-204°
105 6 7 SSW 202-210°
90 6 7 SSW 201-204°
75 6 7 SW 199-205°
60 6 7 SW 205-224°
45 7 7 SSW 208-216°
30 6 8 SSW 207-230°
15 7 8 SW 208-214°
NOW 7 9 SW 233°

 

Pressure 30.13Mb
Temperature 12.9°C
High tide at 03:50
Low tide at 10:15
High tide at 16:21
Low tide at 22:39