About the Station
History: This site has been reporting, and recording, the weather conditions in the town of Bathgate since 1 January 2007. For over four years data was gathered from an Oregon Scientific WMR928/NX Automated Weather Station (AWS). This station continues to function as a backup to the enhanced Davis Vantage Pro2 AWS which took over the live recording on the 1 May 2011.

The Station: The Davis version installed at Bathgate Weather is a Wireless model transmitting data from the main ISS (Integrated Sensor Suite) module, a secondary Wireless Leaf & Soil Moisture / Temperature station and a remote Anemometer Transmitter. The later enables the Anemometer to be placed away from the ISS; in this case 2m above the roof line of a 10m two storey house.

The Vantage Pro2 uses frequency-hopping spread spectrum radio to transmit and receive data up to 1,000 ft (300m) line-of-sight.

A data logger is connected to the Vantage Pro2 which enables direct communication with a computer. Data is recorded and transmitted directly to this website via Weather Display software. The data logger also acts as a backup in the event of a power failure.

With the exception of hardware and/or software failures, the weather station runs 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

The Integrated Sensor Suite houses the temperature sensor, humidity sensor and rain collector. The aluminium-plated tipping bucket in the rain collector is self-emptying, corrosion resistant and laser calibrated for exceptional accuracy.

A passive radition shield protects the temperature sensor from solar radiation and other sources of radiated heat. Multi-plate construction for maximum airflow.

Also mounted on the ISS are the Solar Radiation sensor and UV sensor: Solar Radition Sensor: to measure solar radiation and solar energy. Diffuser element and hosing are carefully designed for accurate cosine response. Silicon photo diode provides good match to solar spectrum. UV Sensor: measures the sunburning portion of the UV spectrum. Multi-layer filter provides a spectral response that closely matches the Erythema Action Spectrum.

The Anemometer includes both wind speed and wind direction sensors. The speed and direction of the wind is updated every 2.5 seconds.

Barometric Pressure readings are recorded from a sensor within the Vantage Pro2 console. The indoor temperature and humidity readings are also sourced from the main console.

The wireless Leaf & Soil Moisture / Temperature Station connects the Leaf Wetness, Soil Moisture, Ground Temperature and Soil Temperature to the station.

Soil Moisture Sensor: uses electrical resistance to measure the moisture level of the soil.

Leaf Wetness Sensor: used to monitor the level of surface moisture on foliage, with a range from 0 (completely dry) to 15 (saturated).

Ground & Soil Temperature Sensor: multi-purpose temperature probes with 2.5" (64mm) long stainless steel housing. The Ground Temperature probe is placed at grass tip height and the Soil Temperature probe is buried 10cm below the surface of the soil.

The following specifications detail the operating performance of the Davis Vantage Pro2 Automated Weather Station outlining the range, resolution, accuracy and update frequency:
  • Temperature: -40°C to +65°C (0.1°C); +/- 0.5°C (10sec)
  • Humidity: 0% to 100% (1%); 3% RH, 4% RH above 90% (50sec)
  • Barometer: 540mb to 1100mb (0.1mb); +/- 1.0mb (60sec)
  • Wind Speed: 2mph to 150mph (1mph); +/- 5% (2.5sec)
  • Wind Direction: 0° to 360° (1°); +/- 3° (2.5sec)
  • Rainfall: to 999.9mm daily (0.2mm); +/- 4% (20sec)
  • Rain Rate: to 2,438mm/hr (0.2mm); +/- 5% (20sec)
  • Solar Radiation: 0W/m2 to 1,800W/m2 (1W/m2); +/- 5% (50sec)
  • UV Index: 0 to 16 (0.1); +/- 5% (50sec)
  • Ground / Soil Temperature: -40°C to +65°C (0.6°C); +/- 0.5°C (10sec)
  • Soil Moisture: 0cb to 200cb (1cb); (75sec)
  • Leaf Wetness: 0 to 15 (1); +/- 0.5 (15sec)
The location of each of the sensors has been selected to provide the best possible readings within the boundaries permitted by the surrounding local environment. It should be noted that due to upward sloping terrain to the East and a two storey house to the West the Solar Radition and UV Index sensors can lose up to 2 hours exposure in both the morning and evening.

Location: Bathgate Weather is situated at the North West edge of the town of Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. Located on the western side of the Bathgate Hills looking towards Harthill (5 miles to the West) and Glasgow beyond. The station is 170m above sea level with an upward sloping field to the East and open countryside to the West and North once clear of a small estate of family homes. Edinburgh Airport is located 11 miles to the East and Glasgow Airport is 31 miles to the West.

Browser Compatibility: The new Bathgate Weather website has been tested with the latest versions of the following browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome; Safari and Opera. It has also been tested on version 4.3.3 of Applies iPhone 4. Display issues may occur on earlier web browsers. Major issues have been experienced with Internet Explorer version 6 and 7. We strongly recommed upgrading your browser if you encounter problems.

This page displays data from the older Oregon Scientific station. However, due to cross-domain issues this feature will only display data in Internet Explorer when the "Access data sources across domains" option is enabled. This can be found in the Internet Options -> Security Tab -> Custom Level -> Miscellaneous.
System Updated at
Time of Next Update:
Historic Data Update:
Console Battery:
ISS Battery Status:
Data Transmission:
Reception Status:
Data Received Count:

Data Transmission figures are made up of total packets received, total packets missed, number of resynchronisatios, largest number of packets received in a row and number of CRC errors.
Weather Display Version: (Build: )
Indoor Temperature:
°C / °C
Indoor Humidity:
% / %
Station Time:
°C / °C
% / %
mb / mb
Average Wind:
mph / mph
Wind Gust (hr):
mph / mph
Wind Gust (today):
mph / mph
Wind Direction:
° / °
Todays Rain:
mm / mm
Hour Rain:
mm / mm
Rain Rate:
mm/hr / mm/hr

Dual Display of data may not work correctly on all browsers. With the correct configuration it should be visible on Microsoft Internet Explorer 8+