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


Wind &the Worlds Shortest Scheduled Flight



The airport at Aikerness on Westray, one of the Orkney Island now benefits from the new additional of a GSM connected FlexiMet Wind System providing live (and historic) Wind speed and Direction on any internet connected Phone, Tablet, Laptop or PC via WWW.WEATHERFILE.COM

One of this beautiful and interesting islands claims to fame is that Flights, leaving the island’s airport at Aikerness to travel to Papa Westray (known as Papay to the locals) is the world’s shortest scheduled flight, of two minutes. A record time of a 53 second flight has been recorded by Pilot Stuart Linklater for this ‘short flight’.

Pilots, passengers and infact anyone, with an internet connection, are able to view the live wind data direct from the FlexiMet system installed at Aikerness airport.

FlexiMet Wind and Weather systems are used in many applications for accurate Live and historic wind and weather data.

GSMFlexiMetWestray map Update

MarkNewton at RPRMark Newton, a former army Tank Commander from Swansea, holds the Guinness world record for the longest distanced travelled on a mobility scooter – 12,186 miles in 596 days.

This record breaker is visiting every war memorial in Britain to photograph and catalogue War and Lifeboat Graves and Memorials a county at a time- on his mobility scooter. All his images will be on website, all the memorial images are also being sent to the Imperial War Museum for the national archive.

Accompanied by his two cats Missie & Smudge, Mark has already raised more than £64000 for the charities – Help for Heroes, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards, SSAFA Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, The Royal British Legion, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Mark, on his way to RNLI in Lymington stopped by for a visit to Richard Paul Russell Ltd Milford on Sea office for a cuppa and to upgrade his timeserved red Kestrel 4000, Mark now proudly sports a new Kestrel 4500 on his handbars.

The Kestrel 4500 provides Digital Compass, Wind Direction/Heading along with All of the features of the 4000 Current wind speed, Average wind speed, Maximum wind speed, Temperature, Wind Chill, Heat Index, Dew Point, Relative Humidity, Barometric pressure, Altitude, Density Altitude, Wet bulb temperature,Time & Date

Update..   Kestrel 4000 range is now upgraded to the Kestrel 5000 range