So What Time Is It AT THE QUAIL MANOR?

Arizona is Mountain Time. BUT, they "gotta be me" and don't do daylight savings. Which I personally think is a great idea, but a pain in the ass when everyone else does it differently. 

What this means is:

  • During the winter (defined as when everybody else does the fall back thing), Arizona is the same as Mountain Time.
  • Du ring the summer (defined as when everybody else does the spring forward thing) Arizona is for practical matters Pacific Time.

That said, the television schedule is always like Central or Mountain Time. The late news starts at 22.00.

For grins and giggles, click on the clock. It will show you all kinds in interesting astronomical fun facts like sunrise/sunset, moon stuff. Fun facts.


Lots of weather information

Here is a weather summary for those of you without the need for current conditions EXACTLY at the Quail Manor.

Now, here is the current weather at the Quail Manor EXACTLY. This data is generated by a Netatmo weather station. We use it for our own general entertainment, but more importantly to drive the irrigation system. Rain in particular is so localized we really need to know in real time how much rain we got so irrigation can be adjusted.

Netatmo integrates with a service called MeteoWare.

MeteoWare repackages the data and integrates with PWSWeather and with Weather Underground, which chances are is the only thing in this chain you might actually have heard of!

Turns out PWSWeather has been around forever for weather hobiests, yes that is a thing, and has evolved into kind of a clearing house for presenting and communicating personal weather station (PWS) information to the weather service and other subscribers. Of significance to us, the Rachio irrigation controller is one of these subscribers. So Netatmo serves the Quail Manor weather data to MeteoWare who serves it to PWSWeather who serves it to Rachio, which is what we wanted in the first place.

PWS is far from pretty, What it is is a presentation tool for a TON of data history as a time series. Handy if you're looking for minimums and maximums or just gots to do some analysis. The data is all from the Quail Manor weather station. Except for wind.

To be accurate, outdoor sensors have to be carefully placed. The weather service actually has recommendations. We have a good location for temperature and humidity. The rain sensor is higher than it should be, but the best we can do. It will measure a bit low compared to a properly placed sensor. Nothing even close for a wind sensor site. Don't care that much about wind at EXACTLY the Quail Manor, so took a pass on that sensor.

Here is a prettier data presentation of the same data in Weather Underground.

For those that trust their eyes and want a look outside, here is a 360 degree set of pictures looking out from downtown Tucson. It'll give you a good idea of the current weather REALLY (it says air quality, but it's a government site) in Tucson. It starts looking from downtown west, just to the north of "A" Mountain. If you scroll all the way to the end, you wrap around the city back to "A" Mountain. Which is just south of where you started. You'll know you're there when you see the "A". The Quail Manor is down the hill to the left just behind the mountain.