Current Ranch Temperatures, Water Usage, and Rainfall Totals

Every 15 minutes a computer reads a number of "one-wire" thermometers located at interesting places around the ranch. The most recent readings are reported here.

Clicking on the thermometer location link gives a plot of Temperature vs. Day for that thermometer over the past 2 days.

Set the number of days used for these temperature and water usage graphs here.

At Nov 24 16:15:02 (local California time)

 1: Thermometer (id=10e2ae3501080039) reports T =  64.1 degrees F Master Bedroom
 2: Thermometer (id=1096b435010800bc) reports T =  64.9 degrees F Attic High East
 3: Thermometer (id=10f5ad35010800a9) reports T =  64.2 degrees F Attic High Center
 4: Thermometer (id=28e0e4140100006f) reports T =  57.5 degrees F Garage/Workshop
 5: Thermometer (id=2818e014010000a3) reports T =  60.8 degrees F 30 in. Under Ground
 6: Thermometer (id=28d8f4140100005f) reports T =  56.9 degrees F Garden Mullberry Tree
 7: Thermometer (id=28d8fd14010000ac) reports T =  60.8 degrees F Breezeway
 8: Thermometer (id=2894fc1401000069) reports T =  64.1 degrees F Pumphouse Interior
 9: Thermometer (id=28b4f9140100000d) reports T =  62.7 degrees F Attic High West
10: Thermometer (id=28cc0015010000ee) reports T =  61.3 degrees F Vegetable Garden
11: Thermometer (id=289cfd1401000005) reports T =  64.6 degrees F Living Room
12: Thermometer (id=28c2f814010000ea) reports T =  56.5 degrees F Back Patio
13: Thermometer (id=28deec14010000af) reports T =  54.8 degrees F Garden Pond
14: Thermometer (id=28a1e214010000b1) reports T =  55.9 degrees F Platform
15: Thermometer (id=2885f71401000075) reports T =  56.5 degrees F Chicken House
16: Thermometer (id=2897ef1401000002) reports T =  55.6 degrees F Front Porch Air
17: Thermometer (id=28d7e41401000007) reports T = 184.9 degrees F Lower Greenhouse
18: Thermometer (id=28ef03150100004f) reports T =  64.7 degrees F Upper Greenhouse
19: Thermometer (id=1048b635010800e8) reports T =  65.4 degrees F Server Room Desk
20: Thermometer (id=1018bf3501080035) reports T =  65.9 degrees F Server Room Floor
21: Thermometer (id=10ecbe3501080056) reports T =  66.5 degrees F Server Room Ceiling

Notes:

The Pumphouse air and sky thermometers were temporarily placed inside the new pumphouse on November 30, 2008 at 16:00 after installing the new pumphouse.

The attic fan was enabled on June 16, 2008 at 22:00.

The attic fan was disabled on July 9, 2008 at 22:46.

The attic fan was enabled on August 16, 2008 at 06:57.

The attic fan was disabled on August 16, 2008 at 22:24.

The attic fan was enabled on July 15, 2009 at 00:20.

The attic fan was disabled on July 19, 2009 at 04:53.

The attic fan was enabled on July 20, 2009 at 01:12.

The attic fan was disabled on September 29, 2009 at 11:16.

The attic fan was enabled on July 15, 2010 at 09:52.

The attic fan was disabled on September 9, 2010 at 08:22.

The attic fan was enabled on June 16, 2012 at about 15:00.

The attic fan was disabled on September 22, 2012 at 23:00.

The attic fan was enabled on July 1, 2013 at about 20:00.

"Pump Water" is measured on the pump water pipe just after it comes out of the well. There is insulation surrounding the thermometer and pipe so that this reading should be pretty close to the water temperature coming out of the well.

"Pumphouse Air" is the temperature of a 2" clean copper disk located about 4' above the ground. It is attached underneath a styrofoam block so that it should reliably give the air temperature and be insensitive to the sunlight and sky radiation. The pumphouse is about 100' from the ranch house.

"Pumphouse Sky" is the temperature of a 2" painted copper disk located on the upperside of the styrofoam block. The grayish-blue paint color is believed to be a good absorber of infrared radiation so that when this disk is not in direct sunlight, it gives an indication of the sky temperature. Even in the daytime, the sky is usually quite a bit cooler than the air. This arrangement will be improved before long.

"Garden Pond" thermometer is about 15 inches below the surface where the pond is 32 inches deep.

"30 inches Under Ground" is near the pump house, 100' north of the house. It is shaded by an oak tree most of the time.

The "Living Room" thermometer had been poorly placed and was cooled by leaky air from the attic. It was placed in the room air at 01:55 Nov 29, 2010, and then gave a reading consistent with other thermometers in the living room.

The "Back Patio" thermometer was moved up and away from the house a bit at 4 pm, December 9, 2010. The early morning winter sun was hitting it causing a spike in its reading. It is now 1 foot below the patio roof and 3 feet from the house.

The pumphouse thermometer and pump monitor are temporarily disconnected. I need to run a new, buried cable to the pumphouse. The one through trees was abrated by wind motion.


Water Pump Usage During the Past 2 Days

At Nov 24 16:15:01 (local California time):

Graph showing pump-on time vs actual time for the past 2 days.


This graph shows the total time that the 3 kilowatt pump was operating vs. actual time for the past 2 days. For each hour the pump runs, 1344 gallons of water are pumped and 3 kW-hours of electricity are consumed. This data helps us quickly detect leaks in our ranch irrigation and animal water systems.

The pump black wire opened about 20 feet above the pump depth on Nov. 3, 2010, at 10 pm. It was repaired by 11 am November 5, 2010. The usage record contains a bogus 5 extra hours as a result of that failure.


Rainfall for 2007-2008 Season

September   22, 2007   0.2" (First rain since May)
December     7, 2007   1.3"
December    14, 2007   New grass appearing in fields!
December    18, 2007   1.8"
December    20, 2007   0.6"
December    29, 2007   0.3"
                 Subtotal: 4.2" 
January    4-6, 2008   2.5"
January      7, 2008   0.1"
January  22-25, 2008   2.7" (with a tiny bit of snow)
January  26-27, 2008   1.0"
January  27-28, 2008   0.8"
Jaunary     31, 2008   0.3"
February   1-2, 2008   0.9"
February 20-21, 2008   1.4"
February 23-24, 2008   0.9"
May         25, 2008   0.2"
May      26-27, 2008   1.4"
  Total for 2007-8 season: 16.4"

Rainfall for 2008-2009 Season

October      4, 2008   0.2"
October     31, 2008   0.4"
November   1-2, 2008   1.5"
November     4, 2008   0.2"
November     8, 2008   0.8"
November 26-27, 2008   1.4"
December    13, 2008   0.2"
December    14, 2008   1.0"
December    21, 2008   1.1"
December    23, 2008   0.2"
December    25, 2008   0.8"
                 Subtotal: 7.8"
January      2, 2009   0.3"
January      4, 2009   0.3"
January  22-23, 2009   1.5"
January  23-24, 2009   1.8"
February   5-6, 2009   0.4"
February   8-9, 2009   0.7"
February    11, 2009   0.4"
February 15-17, 2009   1.6"
February 21-23, 2009   0.6"
March        1, 2009   0.4"
March        3, 2009   0.5"
March       22, 2009   1.2"
April        8, 2009   1.0"
May          1, 2009   0.9"
May	     3, 2009   0.2"
June         5, 2009   1.0"
  Total for 2008-9 season: 20.6"

Rainfall for 2009-2010 Season

September   14, 2009   0.1"
October  13-14, 2009   1.2"
October     19, 2009   0.1"
November    12, 2009   0.5"
December     7, 2009   0.7" (With a few snow flakes)
December     9, 2009   0.75"
December 12-13, 2009   1.25"
December 20-21, 2009   1.00"
December    26, 2009   0.35"
December    28, 2009   0.25"
                 Subtotal: 6.2"
January     12, 2010   0.75"
January     17, 2010   0.80"
January     18, 2010   0.65"
January     20, 2010   1.40"
January  21-23, 2010   0.80"
January     29, 2010   0.15"
February   4-5, 2010   0.60"
February   6-7, 2010   0.90"
February     9, 2010   0.50"
February    22, 2010   0.60"
February 23-24, 2010   1.15"
February 26-27, 2010   1.15" (again!)
March      2-3, 2010   1.70"
March       10, 2010   0.45"
March       12, 2010   0.85"
March       31, 2010   0.50"
April      4-5, 2010   1.00"
April       11, 2010   0.85"
April       12, 2010   0.95"
April       20, 2010   0.90"
April       21, 2010   0.55"
April       22, 2010   0.20"
April       28, 2010   0.50"
May          9, 2010   0.05"
  Total for 2009-2010 season: 24.15"

Rainfall for 2010-2011 Season

October      2, 2010   0.40"
October      4, 2010   0.50"
October  22-23, 2010   0.25"
October  24-25, 2010   0.70"
October  29-30, 2010   0.50"
November     7, 2010   1.10"
November 19-20, 2010   1.00"
November 20-21, 2010   1.15"
November 21-22, 2010   0.40"
November    23, 2010   0.75" 
November    27, 2010   0.50"
December     3, 2010   0.15"
December     4, 2010   0.20"
December     5, 2010   0.65"
December   8-9, 2010   0.10"
December 14-15, 2010   0.50"
December 16-17, 2010   0.15"
December 17-18, 2010   0.90"
December 18-20, 2010   0.75"
December 21-22, 2010   1.25"
December 22-23, 2010   0.25"
December    25, 2010   1.00"  Big pond overflowing now
December 27-29, 2010   2.00"
                 Subtotal: 15.15"
Dec. 31-Jan. 2, 2011   1.85"
January    2-3, 2011   0.25"
January     30, 2011   0.65"
February    16, 2011   0.55"
February    17, 2011   1.05"
February 18-19, 2011   1.50"
February    20, 2011   0.35"
February 24-25, 2011   0.75"
March        1, 2011   0.15"
March        6, 2011   0.20"
March        7, 2011   0.30"
March        9, 2011   First snakes of Spring - 3 garter snakes mating in pond garden
March       14, 2011   0.10"
March       16, 2011   0.35"
March       18, 2011   0.65"
March    19-20, 2011   2.20"
March       22, 2011   0.20"
March       23, 2011   1.20"
March       24, 2011   1.30"
March       25, 2011   0.45"
March       26, 2011   0.25"
April        7, 2011   0.65"
May          6, 2011   First rattlesnake of season killed (near Magic's water trough)
May          9, 2011   0.20"  Walk loop path completed.
May         15, 2011   0.65"
May         17, 2011   0.50"
May         28, 2011   0.10"
May         31, 2011   2nd rattlesnake of season killed - near main gate
June         4, 2011   0.75" 
June       5-6, 2011   2.10"
June        14, 2011   Big pond has stopped overflowing
June        29, 2011   1.05"
  Total for 2010-2011 season: 35.45"

Rainfall for 2011-2012 Season

July        30, 2011   3rd rattlesnake killed - on driveway just outside of main gate
July        31, 2011   0.01" Brief thunderstorm, 4th rattlesnake killed - outside of chicken coop door
September   21, 2011   5th rattlesnake killed - at gate to chicken yard
October      4, 2011   Big pond still has some water
October      5, 2011   0.90"
October      6, 2011   0.50"  Rain doubled water volume in big pond.
November   3-4, 2011   0.50"  Very little in big pond after rainfall.
November     6, 2011   0.40"
November    11, 2011   0.30"
November    19, 2011   0.65"
                 Subtotal: 3.25"
January  20-21, 2012   1.20"
January  22-23, 2012   0.80"
February    13, 2012   0.70"
February    15, 2012   0.55"
February    29, 2012   0.35"
March       14, 2012   Big pond has only a 3' mud puddle.
March    16-18, 2012   5.09"  Big pond now has about 9" of water, but no water flowing into it.
March    24-25, 2012   0.65"
March       26, 2012   0.45"  Badger seen near oak closest to chicken yard.
March       28, 2012   0.20"  Badger into McMurray's pen.
March       31, 2012   0.90"
April        1, 2012   0.35"
April       11, 2012   1.45"
April       12, 2012   0.70"
April       13, 2012   0.90"
April       14, 2012   0.35"
April       25, 2012   0.05"
April       26, 2012   0.35"
May          6, 2012   1st Rattlesnake of the season, 15", 1-button outside back breezeway door
May          8, 2012   1st 4 Mariposa Lillies seen.
June         4, 2012   0.50"
  Total for 2011-2012 season: 18.80"

Rainfall for 2012-2013 Season

July        20, 2012   36", 5-button Rattlesnake killed in chicken yard
September   22, 2012   30", 4-button Rattlesnake killed by hose at front of garage
October     22, 2012   0.50"
November   8-9, 2012   0.45"
November 16-17, 2012   0.75"
November 17-18, 2012   0.50"  New grass appearing in fields.
November    28, 2012   0.25"
November 29-30, 2012   0.85"
December   1-3, 2012   0.95"
December     5, 2012   0.10"
December    12, 2012   0.85"
December 17-18, 2012   0.70"
December 21-22, 2012   1.05"
December 23-24, 2012   1.25"
December 25-26, 2012   0.85"
December    27, 2012   0.50"
                 Subtotal: 9.55"
January    6-7, 2013   1.05"
January     10, 2013   0.25" with hail
January  24-25, 2013   0.45" 
January     28, 2013          Big pond is still a small puddle about 10' across.
February     7, 2013   0.35"
Febuary     19, 2013   1.25" with a couple brief snow flurries
March        6, 2013   0.10"
March        7, 2013   0.10"
March       19, 2013   0.30"
March       31, 2013   0.60"
April        1, 2013   0.30"
April      3-4, 2013   0.45"
May        6-7, 2013   0.40"
May         14, 2013         2-button rattlesnake killed just outside entrance to vegetable garden
June         4, 2013         7-button rattlesnake (2.5' long, fat) killed outside garage near large pottery wheel.
  Total for 2012-2013 season: 15.15"

Rainfall for 2013-2014 Season

September   21, 2013   0.55"
September   27, 2013         6-button, 3-foot rattlesnake killed in **vegetable garden** which we had considered rattlesnake proof because of its walls.
October      9, 2013   0.25"
November    20, 2013   1.45"
December     3, 2013   0.45"
December     7, 2013   0.75" (fell as snow and melted, used wheelbarrow as gage with factor of 0.62 for funnel shape.)
                 Subtotal: 3.45"
January     30, 2014   1.25" Finally some rain again!!!!!!
February     6, 2014   0.70"
February     7, 2014   0.50"
February    10, 2014   0.30"
February    26, 2014   1.00"
February 28-29, 2014   0.85"
March        3, 2014   0.15"
March        6, 2014   0.40"
March    25-26, 2014   0.70"
March       29, 2014   0.75"
March       31, 2014   0.55"
April        1, 2014   0.95"
April       11, 2014         2-button rattlesnake seen in pond garden, killed the next day in same area.
April    25-26, 2014   1.75"
June         4, 2014         12-button rattlesnake killed inside house yard wall.
June         5, 2014         Two 3-1/2 foot long king snakes seen looking around inside house yard wall.
June       17?, 2014         12+-button, 3-1/2' long rattlesnake killed inside our screened vegetable garden
  Total for 2013-1014 season: 13.30"

Rainfall for 2014-2015 Season

September   28, 2014   0.70"
November     1, 2014   2.25"
November    13, 2014   0.45"
November    20, 2014   0.60"
November    23, 2014   0.20"
  Total for 2014-2015 season: 4.20"

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