About This Station
The station is powered by a LaCrosse WS2308 weather station. The data is collected every 5 seconds and the site is updated every 10 seconds on the home page and every 2 seconds on the Gizmo located in the top right hand corner of the site. This site and its data is collected using Virtual Weather Station Software. The station is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible.
About This City
Cameron is a city in Clinton and DeKalb Counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 8,312 at the 2000 census. The Clinton County portion of Cameron is part of the Kansas City, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the DeKalb County portion is part of the St. Joseph, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In 1854 Samuel McCorkle platted the town of Somerville. When the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad (a line whose founders included the father of Mark Twain and which was to deliver the first mail of the Pony Express) proposed coming through the area, the line said the area around Somerville was too steep for the rail so he platted a new community 1.5 miles to the west in what is now "Olde Towne" Cameron. The town platted in 1855 was named for maiden name of his wife Malinda Cameron. McCorkle Park is still Cameron's centerpiece park.
During the 1860s as fierce competition raged for the starting point of the First Transcontinental Railroad there was competition to get the Hannibal & St. Joseph (which at the time was the farthest west railroad connected to the main rail network) to cross the Missouri River. Omaha, Nebraska was to win the fight when the Union Pacific started the railroad west from there. However there was no bridge connecting it to the rest of the network. Kansas City, Missouri was able to convince the railroad to bypass its rivals in St. Joseph, Leavenworth, Kansas, Atchison, Kansas and Parkville, Missouri to create the "Cameron Branch" of the railroad. The construction of the Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City (which was to beat Omaha in any bids to cross the Missouri) was to propel that city into being the dominant city in the region. Cameron was to enjoy a surge in its population because of the cutoff with its population growing from 100 in 1859 to 3,000 by 1881. Cameron was a college town from 1883 until 1930. Founded as the Cameron Institute it became Missouri Wesleyan College operated by the Methodist Church until 1930. A building on the campus would become Cameron High School (the Dragons) until being torn down in the 1960s.
Cameron gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s after Cameron Bob F. Griffin served more than 15 years as Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives -the longest of any representative. Among the pork barrel legislation he was to bring to the town is the Missouri Veterans Home and the Western Missouri Correctional Center which is the city's biggest employer with 700 employees. A street in the town is named "Bob Griffin Road." Griffin eventually served four years for corruption.
Cameron's character has evolved with the intersection of limited access highways. It has expanded to the north towards U.S. Route 36 (which in 2007 was proposed to be part of Interstate 72 in Missouri. It has also expanded to the east towards Interstate 35.
History of This Website
Pre 2010- I used various little mini weather stations that didn't collect data. I was writing things down on paper, and then I would move this data to an excel spreadsheet to calculate the data for avg., means, records and etc..
Jan. 4th, 2010- Finally I was able to create a blog for free using www.tripod.lycros.com which is still available for veiwing at the original site. I started my first blog experience just by simply posting info about my predictions of upcoming storm systems to effect the area. I would also include my thoughts about the weather for the upcoming week. This inspired me to create another blog format to maintain and update my own personal forecasts.The las tentry in this blog format was March 6th, 2010.
Jan. 11th, 2010- The intentions on this new development was a way to show the history of my forecasts and to compare it to the actual outcome from my observations that I kept on paper. Therefore Danny's 5 day forecast was released and is still viewable at this site. The last entry in that blog format ended March 19th, 2010
Jan. 16th, 2010- I decided to keep things going in that general direction and keep things even simpler. I created yet another blog format dedicated just to a weekend forecast. This was all the simplest format at that time for me in my weather hobby career. This blog can still be veiwed at this site. The last entry in this format was March 21st, 2010.
Feb. 7th, 2010- For my birthday a bunch of friends pitched in to purchase the LaCrosse WS2308 weather station.
End of Feb. 2010- The LaCrosse WS2308 was up and in operation.
Feb. 2010 to March 2010- I was finally able to purchase the domain weathermayhem.com and create my really first website. I was also then able to purchase space on a friends webserver where the weather website would be housed. Several different upgrades and additions where made, including 2 different blog formats to keep people abreast on the weather. I still continued to use my own forecast and methods to talk about weather. The new software that came with the new weather station collected the data for me, but still no true organization or display of that data was possible. A few problems arose with the weather sation which prompted me to purchase backup hardware and dedicate a single computer for the weather station to upload the data to the webserver. There also became quite a few problems associated with the website and its features.
April 2011- I purchased Virtual Weather Station software which gave me a brand new avenue to produce unique and very customizable weather data on the new weathermayhem website.
June 22nd, 2011- After researching a couple of weather forums and seeing what others have done to display their weather on personal weather websites, I thought it was time for a major update of my weather website.
August 1st, 2011- This is the all new weathermayhem and plan to add many more additions and upgrades in the future.You can still view the old website here.