About our little world...

This website was created as a public service for residents of Lone Tree Colorado, and surrounding areas. Our weather station is privately owned and operated, and should not be considered an officially recognized station for weather reporting. Our site and station are both a hobby and experiment in weather-related computing.

Special Thanks

Special thanks go to my Mom and Dad, my wife Dana for giving me the inspiration and drive to do what I like in my life.

About This Station

The station is a La Crosse Technology WS-2310TWC V2. The WS-2310TWC V2 consists of a thermometer/hydrometer to measure temperature and relative humidity; an anemometer to measure wind speed and direction; and a self-tipping rain gauge to measure precipitation. We are currently 'wireless' but have seen some 'glitches'. We are planning to wire the station for increased reliability and data gathering purposes. While data is gathered from the base station every 3 seconds, this site's data is updated once every 5 minutes via the Serial interface to Virtual Weather Station Pro which dumps the data used in this site to csv format. The weather station was installed according to the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) Weather Station Siting, Performance, and Data Quality Guide Version 1.0 March 8, 2005. The anemometer is mounted to our play structure which is ~33 feet in the air to ensure the best wind. The rain gauge is mounted on the back side of the play structure as are the temperature and humidity sensors to shade them from the sun. La Crosse Technology WS-2310.

PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor

Almost all the dynamic content on the site is created using PHP. When you see our maps, radar page, advisories, air quality and pollen, etc. These are all pages put together with PHP. PHP also allows us to very quickly and easily make major changes to the site. PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor

Virtual Weather Station Pro

Our weather station interfaces with our computer through software written by Ambient Weather. It is a powerful tool for beginner to advanced weather enthusiasts. I highly recommend this software for weather enthusiasts wanting to start their own website. Virtual Weather Station Pro

WUHU

The Weather Underground / HeavyWeather Uploader (WUHU) is used to upload their weather data to weather servers (Weather Underground and CWOP) via the Internet. WUHU download site

 

 

About This City

The City of Lone Tree incorporated in November 1995 and became a Colorado Home Rule City on May 5, 1998. A major impetus for incorporation was resident’s concerns relating to land use, the quality of development along the C-470 corridor, and their desire for greater input over development decisions affecting their future. Through the tireless efforts of dedicated residents, the decision to incorporate was carefully evaluated, and through a vote of the electorate, was determined to be in the best interest of the community.

Following incorporation, the newly formed City Council worked with staff to develop and adopt a Comprehensive Plan, regulatory documents, and design guidelines to guide the City’s growth – plans which have been strongly adhered to over the years.

Initially the City boundary followed that of the Park Meadows Metropolitan District and consisted of the subdivision of Lone Tree and surrounding developments, and some commercial development along C-470. In only a few short years the City has grown and changed in a number of important ways, consistent with its vision for growth.

RidgeGate, a 3500-acre master planned community south of Lincoln (located on both sides of I-25), was annexed by a vote of Lone Tree residents in 2000. Because the property was already zoned for development under County jurisdiction and would develop regardless, the City felt it was important to work with the landowner and take a direct role in shaping the master plan for the property. As a result of that effort, Lone Tree receives land dedication for public facilities including a new recreation center, police and fire stations, a City Hall, library, trails, parks, and open space, and land for a future City Center (to be located on the east side of I-25 and south of Lincoln Avenue). Plans have also been made with Colony Investments, the owner of RidgeGate, to preserve the historic Schweiger Ranch, providing the City an opportunity to appreciate its ranching legacy (click on the link below to hear more about the ranch).

Annexations to the City in 2001 included Heritage Hills and commercial development to the north, bringing considerable economic benefit to the community and including a neighborhood that was already part of the local community of interest. Likewise, in 2001, the residential communities of Centennial Ridge and Carriage Club were also annexed.

Sky Ridge Medical Center was constructed in 2003, providing needed emergency medical care for residents in the region. That same year City offices were centralized in leased office space on South Yosemite Street.

In 2004 the City’s police force was established, resulting in the hiring of the City’s first employees. The City also reconstructed a new Civic Center on Lone Tree Parkway in 2004 (replacing what was the sales office for the original Lone Tree development). Other important additions to Lone Tree included the annexation of Southridge Preserve in 2004, a residential development planned south of Centennial Ridge. This land was annexed principally to establish specific limitations on location and design of homes to protect ridgeline views for future generations to enjoy.

Park Meadows Mall was annexed in 2006, enhancing revenues to the City, while also ensuring that revenues will be reinvested in the area to sustain its economic viability over time. Businesses continue to grow and thrive in the community, and toward that end, the Lone Tree Chamber of Commerce was established in 2006.

Light rail was extended to the Lone Tree community, with the first stop at Lincoln Station opening in 2006. Four other stops are planned at Park Meadows Mall, Sky Ridge Medical Center, the future City Center and a future end-of-the line station east of I-25. Many other transportation improvements have been planned, including a new interchange along I-25 in RidgeGate (with construction undertaken in 2007).

The City renovated an existing office building and in April 2008, the City offices were relocated to their current location at 9220 Kimmer.

About This Website

This site is based on the template design by CarterLake.org with PHP conversion by Saratoga-Weather.org.

We have changed a lot of code to sute our needs on the backend.

History

2012-06-04 - Website face lift - new ajax templates in place
2011-06-01 - Total website face lift using CarterLake.org's template.
2011-06-01 - Upgrade to WUHU216_32_b186
2011-06-01 - Upgrade to Virtual Weather Station 14.01 p43
2010-08-29 - Fixed Graphs and upload data to weather underground and CWOP.
2010-08-19 - Weather Station Move.
We have moved to Lone Tree (Littleton) Colorado! New batteries installed.
2009-07-20 - Total Website face lift
2008-05-09 - Updated main page, updated friends page 2007-12-29 - Replaced AA Batteries in WS2310
2007-08-13 - Update web pages to include webcams from around Colorado.
2006-09-13 - Replaced AA Batteries in WS2310 Weather Station.
2006-05-30 - Fixed Local forecast page. Added NOAA style reports.
2006-04-18 - Upgraded WUHU from v162_32 to v193_32
2006-02-23 - Upgraded the computer that hosts and collects the weather data from a Celeron 500Mhz to a Optiplex PIII 900Mhz
2006-01-16 - Website revamp... updated with documentation etc..
2005-12-29 - Website starts to take form... National weather service scripts active
2005-12-21 - Weather Station WS2310 was installed.