Project Weather Conditions

The Conditions part of a Project Dashboard displays weather conditions for a specific ZIP code (from the project site address), as gathered by a nearby NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather station, and as reported by www.weather.gov via Version 3 of the NOAA API.  Current conditions should not be confused with predictive forecasts nor with aggregate data (such as total rainfall).

Note: Because sfPMS uses NOAA weather stations, only weather conditions for the United States including Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can be reported at this time.

How does Spitfire know which weather station to use?

Spitfire looks at the ZIP code of the project’s site address to determine which weather station should be used. The project’s site address can be entered in two places:

  • The Project Setup’s Addr tab, as the Site address:
  • The Project Address pop-up window from the Project Options menu:

If you enter a ZIP code that is not recognized by the system, the ZIP code is sent for verification and mapping. In the meantime, Spitfire uses its best guess based on similar ZIP codes. However, if the ZIP code is deemed invalid, the Conditions part will use information for Elko, NV (because it is near Death Valley). In such situations, you should verify and correct the project’s ZIP code.

How often are weather conditions reported?

The frequency of weather condition reporting depends on two factors: 1) the frequency of weather station updates (which can vary from minutes to hours) and 2) your Weather Log setting in ICTool.

  • See also: KBA-01418 NOAA Weather Observations and Site History
  • Note: from time to time weather stations go down for maintenance and no new weather conditions are recorded during those periods. Reporting resumes when the weather station becomes operational again. Also, sometimes weather stations are shut down more permanently. When that happens, the affected ZIP codes need a few days to be remapped to another nearby weather station.

Is there a weather history report?

Yes. To view weather conditions in the past:

  1. Select View History from the Conditions part drop-down menu:
  2. Change the date range if desired.

    1. To print the report:
      1. Select Print History from the Site Condition History’s drop-down menu:

        Note: The Site Conditions Log is also available directly from the Report Browser in the General folder.