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  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire
  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire

    I've got a WS2300 and there is one feature which is driving me mad. Each month I like to start a new set of data and reset all the counters to zero. So I clear all the values on the Heavy Weather main screen - the first one that comes up when you launch it), including the total rainfall and everything seems OK. Even the value for total rainfall on the LCD display says zero. However when I go to the History screen and look at the latest readings (which are set to appear every hour) I see that it just adds new rainfall to the total from last month. I've looked through the manual, I've read any number of items on the web but as far as I can see no one else seems to have this problem. Does anyone know how to change this behaviour please.

    Also I would be interested to know if anyone can explain any more about how the Heavy Weather software works - its seems a bit crude and basic and I cannot find anywhere an explanation of what the files called Setup, curr.day and xxx.txt actually do. they each seem to get updated (at least according to the Windows timestamp on them) at similar times. Setup and currlst.dat get updated when you enter the Heavy Weather program and currdat.lst gets updated a little later followed by xxx.txt when I say 'Yes' to the question about overwriting the file.

    Any insight to either of these questions anyone?

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  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire

    I get this problem too, rather annoying as you point out. The only way Ive found to clear the total is to go to a completely new history file, though make sure the rain total is 0mm in the main screen when you do this.

    Im not too sure about your second question but I would be interested to know aswell, the only one i know is that currlist.dat contains what the heavyweather screen is showing at that point in time. I presume it is updated everytime the display is.

    I cant say Im very fond of heavyweather, but Ive not had much luck with weatherdisplay32. One large annoyance for me is that it seems to suck up 10% CPU at almost all times and that is on a 3GHz Core 2 Duo. Very resource heavy it seems.

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  • Location: Cambridgeshire Fens. 3m ASL
  • Location: Cambridgeshire Fens. 3m ASL

    Never had an issue with the heavyweather software. All I can suggest is open a new history file for each month.

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  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire
  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire
    I get this problem too, rather annoying as you point out. The only way Ive found to clear the total is to go to a completely new history file, though make sure the rain total is 0mm in the main screen when you do this.

    Im not too sure about your second question but I would be interested to know aswell, the only one i know is that currlist.dat contains what the heavyweather screen is showing at that point in time. I presume it is updated everytime the display is.

    I cant say Im very fond of heavyweather, but Ive not had much luck with weatherdisplay32. One large annoyance for me is that it seems to suck up 10% CPU at almost all times and that is on a 3GHz Core 2 Duo. Very resource heavy it seems.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who isn't impressed with it, and I tend to agree with your comments on Weatherdisplay32 as well - I took a look at it and was underwhelmed.

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  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire
  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire
    Never had an issue with the heavyweather software. All I can suggest is open a new history file for each month.

    I have been opening a new history file for each month - I assume you mean the .dat file. It is this file which seems to carry over the total rainfall figure from the previous month. If you are trying to do the same as me - create a file for each month - and you do not have my problem could you tell me the sequence of events you go through please and then I can try it and see if it makes a difference?

    If I remember correctly I have been zeroing out the counters on the WS2300, by using the Heavyweather application interface, and not by pressing buttons on the console. I then change the History File by pressing the box at the bottom left of the screen and it then enters the first line of the new data (straight away) - this has the old total rainfall figure in it and just keeps on getting incremented even though the WS2300 shows the accurate total rainfall figure on the LCD display. I'm sure there is some subtle little point I'm missing here, but its eluding me :D

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  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire
  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire
    I get this problem too, rather annoying as you point out. The only way Ive found to clear the total is to go to a completely new history file, though make sure the rain total is 0mm in the main screen when you do this.

    Im not too sure about your second question but I would be interested to know aswell, the only one i know is that currlist.dat contains what the heavyweather screen is showing at that point in time. I presume it is updated everytime the display is.

    I cant say Im very fond of heavyweather, but Ive not had much luck with weatherdisplay32. One large annoyance for me is that it seems to suck up 10% CPU at almost all times and that is on a 3GHz Core 2 Duo. Very resource heavy it seems.

    On my system (1.86 GHz Pentium) Heavyweather seems to take typically 25 - 33% processor, which is probably not a million miles away from your experience - I agree this is a rediculous figure for such an application and far too high to keep the application up all the time - it must be constantly polling the comms port for data or something similar - there must be a better way for them to handle this. It looks like very poor application design, which fits in with my earlier comments.

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  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire
  • Location: Harbury, Warwickshire

    Just in case anyone reading this thread is interested I think I have sussed out the format of some of the files for the HeavyWeather PC application. If anyone is interested I can send them a short document - send me an email.

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