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|About This Station|
The station is powered by a Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station, which replaced a the Oregon Scientific WMR100 weather station at the end of 2013 and prior to that an old La Crosse WS3600 weather station which failed mid 2010. The data is collected every 5 seconds and the webpages are updated every 10 minutes, while some graphics are updated hourly. This site and its data is collected using Weather Display Software, and the station comprises of an anemometer, rain gauge and a thermo-hydro sensor situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible, and away from temperature and wind influences caused by houses and other structures. The addition of a UV meter also adds valuable information. Because this weather station is wireless only, there maybe times when data is unavailable, due to severe weather or electrical storm activity.
The computer used to record and send data to the website was upgraded in September 2011 from an Intel I7 930 with 12GB RAM to Intel i7 3770k Ivy Bridge with 16GB of RAM for the weather station software. It has an uptime of 13 Days 10 Hours 42 Minutes 21 Seconds. Weather Display version 10.37R was last restarted at 12:19:16 PM 13-May-17 and has received 561913 packets of data since that time.
Lithgow was named after Governor Brisbane's private secretary, William Lithgow, in 1827 by Hamilton Hume. Settlers arrived in 1824, but because of the harsh mountains and valleys surrounding the area, only four more settlers arrived in the next 15 years. The opening of the western railway in 1869 caused the town to rapidly grow.
Much of the Lithgow and surrounding areas contains large deposits of black coal. In 1875 Australia's first blast furnace was built, manufacturing large quantities of pig iron which was transported on the rail line to Sydney. Brickworks, pottery manufacturing and even breweries soon followed.
The opening of the Small Arms Factory in 1912 brought a large influx of people into the town, and production was rapidly increased during World War I. The factory begun making more common items from projectors, sewing machines, and thousands of other parts, both small and large, between the wars. The workforce increased to an astounding 6,000 people during the Second World War, with another 6,000 people employed in smaller factories helping provide parts to be assembled in the main factory. Economic cutbacks since the war has seen the factory scale down its Lithgow operations.
The decline of Lithgow's industrial heyday made way for light industry after World War II. In the late 1950s, a power generating plant was built at Wallerawang paving the way for Lithgow’s role in the clean and efficient production of energy. This was further expanded over time to what is now two 500MW units at Wallerawang which were closed in 2014, and two 660MW (now 700MW) units at Mt Piper, just a few km away. It is at this second power station that the website owner is employed, and suprisingly, he also lives directly behind the Small Arms Factory in Lithgow, the employer of his grandfather for most of his adult working life.