Launched in December 2004, KirklandWeather.com runs as a non-profit hobby website. It's not affiliated, nor endorsed by the City of Kirkland or any official weather agency. We don't accept advertising. The owner of this site is a technical writer at Amazon.com for Amazon Instant Video.
Local weather data was orignally collected by an Oregon Scientific WMR 968 wireless weather station. In October 2011, the site switched to a new weather station a Davis Vantage VUE. Data from sensors is transmitted every 2.5 seconds and then immediately processed by Weather Display, a specialized weather station software application. Weather Display runs on-site on a dedicated computer running Microsoft Windows 7. A stream of real-time data and templates is then transferred over a 25 Mbit broadband Frontier FiOS data connection to our Web hosting company in Houston, Texas.
The Vantage VUE weather station comprises of an anemometer, rain gauge, and a thermo-hydro sensor connected to wireless data transmitters. The signals are received by a central base station which is connected via a USB cable to the server.
The integrity of the collected weather data is monitored throughout the day and compared with other reporting stations in the area. KirklandWeather.com data is accurate and within the deviations seen by nearby reporting stations. You can view monitoring analysis data at CWOP Quality Reports.
This site is customized from a template design by Tom Chaplin at CarterLake.org. Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather and Ken True at Saratoga Weather for developing the foundation of PHP scripts that have been modified to run this site. Additional code and scripts for parsing historical data and weather forecasts were created by Sam Neely.
Three design goals drive what you see. Our first goal is a neat and clean appearance. Second, our main page is designed to be very lightweight with minimal graphic files. This ensures that the page always loads quickly. Our final goal is easy maintenance and updating. This site heavily relies on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which allows for quick changes to the color scheme, fonts, and other design elements without changing the HTML and PHP source files.
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If you're interested in creating your own weather site, there is a strong community of weather enthusiasts at Weather Watch Forum.
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About Kirkland, Washington
Kirkland is located in King County, Washington. It is a suburb of Seattle located on the eastern shores of Lake Washington as part of a collection of cities referred to as the Eastside. It is the sixth largest city in King County and 12th largest in Washington state with a population of 84,430.
Highlights of Kirkland include its downtown, located along Lake Washington and populated by restaurants and art galleries; public parks and beaches; and public art displays, primarily bronze sculptures. Kirkland is home to a branch campus of Google. Kirkland is the former home to the Seattle Seahawks training facility and Costco. The Issaquah, Washington-based Costco "Kirkland Signature" store brand is named after its former corporate city home. Other Kirkland-based companies include INRIX, Kenworth, and WaveDivision Holdings (parent company of Astound and Wave Broadband).
In 1886, Peter Kirk, an East coast businessman seeking to expand the family's Moss Bay steel production company, moved to Washington state to pursue iron deposits had been discovered in the Cascade mountain range. Other necessary components such as limestone, needed in steel smelting, were readily available. A small number of coal mines had recently been established nearby in Newcastle and train lines were already under construction. Plans were also underway to build a canal between Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
Kirk realized that if a town were built near the water it would be a virtual freshwater port to Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean, as well as help support any prospective mill. However, Kirk was not a U.S. citizen and was thus prohibited from land purchases. Leigh S.J. Hunt, owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, partnered with Kirk and bought the necessary property. Kirk and his associates soon started construction on Moss Bay Iron and Steel Works. This was the early foundations of the city of Kirkland. Kirk had envisioned this new city to become a "Pittsburgh of the West."
The steel mill was completed in late 1892, but never produced any steel. Complicated by financial issues due to the Panic of 1893, the mill was closed. The town continued and incorporated in 1905 with a population of 400. Saw wool-milling and ship-building became the major industries.
Kirkland consolidated with the neighboring town of Houghton in 1968. It annexed the neighborhood of Totem Lake in 1974, and the neighborhoods of South Juanita, North Rose Hill, and South Rose Hill in 1988. On June 1, 2011, more than 30,000 residents of the Kingsgate, Finn Hill, and Juanita neighborhoods were annexed into the city.
The city is similar to adjacent Eastside cities such as Bellevue and Redmond in that it is relatively affluent and has a well-educated population with a high percentage of college graduates. Much of the city's and Eastside area's success is a direct result of technology companies such as Redmond-based Microsoft Corporation.