Live Wind and Weather Data at Cowes Week August 2017

Working with the Cowes Week Meteorologist, and the support of Wight Link Ferries, RPR have installed additional Weather Monitoring on the Isle of Wight, at Wight Link’s Ryde Pier for the Cowes Week Regatta.

The annual Cowes Week Regatta dates back to the days of the Price Regent and his interest in yachting, this continued after he became King George IV. The first race started at 09:30 on Thursday 10 August 1826 with the prize of a “Gold Cup of the value of £100”. The modern regatta, with 40 daily sailing races, up to 1,000 boats, and 8,000 competitors ranging from Olympic and world-class professionals to weekend sailors, it is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

The GSM enabled Wind and Weather Station is self-contained, mounted on an aluminium mast suitable for temporary or permanent fixture, with power supplied by battery or local mains.

FlexiMet Wind Systems are used to deliver highly accurate, reliable Wind Speed, Wind Direction along with other Weather measurements such as Pressure, Temperature, Relative Humidity and Rainfall data.

Over the last 12 months Temporary weather sites have been in use for visitors and event personnel at the RHS Flower Shows at Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton Park and Chatsworth House. Other diverse event such as Brands Hatch motor racing, Prudential Ride London, BBC Countryfile Live, Victorious Festival and the 2016 Olympic venues in Brazil. They are also used in airports, construction sites, emergency services and any situations where wind and weather monitoring is required. The system allows the flexibility for contractors and visitors on and off site to view real-time wind data.

Richard Paul Russell Ltd introduced the GSM enabled system to the FlexiMet range during 2016. These self-contained mobile systems send live data to where wind and weather can be viewed live, online, on any internet connected device ( Phone, Tablet, Laptop or PC ).

The systems sensors are based on the MaxiMetGMX range. These are maintenance-free and deliver the ultimate in highly accurate wind speed, direction and weather monitoring. The corrosion free exterior eliminates costly maintenance and servicing, so is also the perfect choice for remote, offshore or long term monitoring,

Data is recorded on the internal SpaceLogger.W8.Wireless datalogger (data is stored on a removable SD memory card) and also is transmitted live via GRPS into the database.

Short term events such as festivals and sports events may lease or rent a system for the duration than purchase outright. Ask Richard Paul Russell Ltd for details of this cost effective way of monitoring environmental conditions during an event.

Take a look at the Live Wind & Weather conditions at Lendy Cowes Week

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Live Weather Widgets for All

Following the phenomenal success of the BBC Countryfile Live show at Blenheim Palace last summer, now any web site can have a Widget showing local Live Wind and Weather on their front page.

With Health and Safety requirements highlighting the need to know local Wind and Weather conditions at temporary events and permanent locations, the decision was made to make front page widgets available.

RPR were asked to provide the first BBC CountryFile Live event at Blenheim Palace with local live weather data. The data was streamed from an RPR FlexiMet GSM weather station installed on site at the event and the live weather data featured on the event website front page.

An example of Widget showing Live Wind and Weather from Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.


Widgets are the simple way to show live and accurate details of local conditions for anybody with internet access. In the background the knowledge that all the Wind and Weather data is recorded and stored on secure servers if detailed analysis is required.

An example of Widget showing Live Wind and Weather from Hurst Castle in Hampshire


Please contact Richard Paul Russell Ltd for your website live weather widget.

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Today, Wind & Weather, Live from Lands End

Today, Wind and Weather, Live from Lands End.     Well to be more precise, NCI Gwennap Head, located high (Station Elevation: 230′) on the far south west of Cornwall between Land`s End and Porthcurno, today, went live on RPR Ltd’s site.

The  National Coastwatch Institution (NCI)  is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores. Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers. Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.

The volunteer Watchkeepers provide a vital link with all the emergency services and can provide an emergency contact point on land for both sea and shore users.

NCI Gwennap Head is a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. For an interesting snapshot of their good work, take a look at the ‘latest incidents & news’ report: Gwennap Head latest shows Live Wind and Weather Data from many weather feeds located around the UK and Worldwide. Many companies and organisations require live data from  RPR Wind & Weather Systems , easily accessed on via internet connected Phones, Tablets, Laptops and PC’s.  Where security dictates, the weather feeds of those needing to restrict sharing of the data are not shown on the public site and so secure login is required.


Beaufort Hurricane Force 12 from Storm Barbara ?


The Meteorological Office issued an amber weather warning for northernmost Scotland as Storm Barbara approaches the UK.

The Met Office said the worst of the weather was expected Friday and Christmas Eve Saturday. Gusts of up to 90mph (the maximum, Force 12 on the Beaufort Scale) are forecasted for parts of Scotland with Christmas travellers being warned to expect disruption to their travelling plans and “be prepared”.

The BBC reports ‘ Grahame Madge, spokesman for the Met Office, said: “We have had the good fortune to be able to issue the weather warnings ahead of Storm Barbara coming, with plenty of time hopefully for people to change their plans if they need to.”But the nature of the storm means it still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossings.”‘

UK Coastguard issued a coastal safety warning, advising people to check the weather and tidal conditions before they set out.

Already, today at 08.20 Thursday 22nd December, a gust of 65.52mph was recorded at Westray Airport on the Orkney Islands.

WindSonic Ultrasonic anemometers at sites in the north of Scotland are showing the Live Wind Speeds, as it happens, from sites on

Other locations for #StormBarbara #Weatherwatchers #scotlandweather are North Ronaldsway Airport and Papa Westray, Orkney Islands and Stornoway Port, the major port in the Outer Hebrides.


Winter Warmers and Cattle Heat Stress ?


Today the south of the UK may experience the warmest December day on record, so lets take a look at one of our more specialised product ranges available.

Heat and humidity are tough on cattle. Rising temperatures and humidity result in increasing body temperatures, with very negative consequences. Even cattle living in fairly moderate climates may experience periods of heat stress. Heat stress causes a wide range of behavioral and medical issues in cattle – all of which cost the dairy or beef producer money.

Kestrel devices include handheld and portable solutions for heat stress measurement specific to dairy and beef cattle. The Kestrel 5400AG Cattle Heat Stress Tracker ( Kestrel 5400 Heat Stress range ) can be easily set up for a particular group of cattle with simple menu picks for animal and environment variables. It can then be mounted at the pen where it will automatically track day and night conditions and calculate the current AHLU. You can even receive alerts on your mobile phone signaling the right time to implement heat stress management plans for maximum effect with minimum cost. The Kestrel Drop D2AG Livestock Heat Stress Monitor ( Kestrel Drop range )is a small data logger that tracks temperature, humidity and THI in any indoor or outdoor location. Extremely low cost and easily read on your mobile phone from up to 100’ away, you can afford to place many Kestrel DROPs around your farm.

For our winters ( and summers ) the Kestrel Drop datalogger range and the Kestrel rugged Weather and Environmental Meters are the gold standard for professionals and hobbyists around the world available from

All Kestrel Meters are designed to provide accurate, actionable information in critical conditions to help people do their jobs more effectively, be more successful in their outdoor activities, and stay safer.

Kestrel meters are covered by an industry leading five-year warranty.


Kestrel Elite – Top Pick in International Sniper Competition

Kestrel® Weather & Environmental Meters, have been named as a top pick in sniper tech by FOX News at this years USASOC International Sniper Competition, held at Fort Bragg, NC, USA

During the week, the world’s elite special operations forces converge at Ft. Bragg for specialized competitions hosted by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. The competitions are designed to challenge the real-world skills of some of the best military and law enforcement snipers and assault teams from the United States and allied partners.

The Kestrel 5700 Elite Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics was among those products used and featured throughout the weeklong competition. This compact handheld device precisely measures wind and air density while employing the cutting edge Applied Ballistics® solver to provide shooters with targeting solutions for each situation. Shooters have the option to choose G1, G7 or custom drag models to best suit their needs.

The Kestrel Elite with LiNK offers wireless connectivity to Android and iOS smartphones using Bluetooth® low energy technology, allowing for app connectivity and easy configuration and backup. Additionally, the Kestrel Elite and Sportsman models both work seamlessly with the Bushnell CONX Range Finder, receiving range data at the push of a button and transmitting the holdover value.


WEATHERFILE.COM Hits 2 Million Page Views & Mobile Friendly has made incredible advances in the last 15 months. It started life as a very flat HTML 1.0 driven website providing an incredible wealth of information. Brilliant for weather geeks with time on their hands, but not so easy to view ‘on the go’.

The team sat together and realised it was important to bring the site up-to-date. Some existing code had shown the possibility of using Google map technology to display our data. We re-visited this code and updated it using the latest version of Google API and additional code to show wind data updating live. The whole site was wrapped with Bootstrap (giving full mobile & desktop responsive feel) and we were away! As word of mouth about our new look increased, more and more users view the live WeatherFile Wind&Weather data.

In less than a year we hit our first million page views, a milestone the whole of the company was extremely proud of. We soon realised our traffic was growing at an incredible rate helped by satisfied customers spreading the word, our new Twitter account and Facebook ‘like’ posts.

Last month we were asked to provide the new BBC CountryFile Live event at Blenheim Palace with live weather data. This was streamed live from an RPR FlexiMet GSM weather station installed on site at the event and the live weather data featured on the event website front page.

Our loyal user base has loved the increase in data provided and we have quickly passed the 2 million page view mark, in under 3 months!

With new live weather sites continuing to be added, where can we get to before Christmas 2016?

Check out WeatherFile for yourself at