About This Station - About This Website - About Colorado Springs

About This Station

CorderaWeather went online in March 2021. The station is powered by a Davis Vantage Vue 6250 weather station. The station comprises an array of sensors including an anemometer (wind), rain gauge, and thermo-hygro sensor. This is an all in one unit and is sited to optimize temp/rain/humidity over wind. The data is collected from the sensors every 5 seconds and the website is updated every minute.

My location is next to a large greenbelt in the Cordera neighborhood which should give very accurate readings given all the open space. This station also participates in the Citizens Weather Observer Program (CWOP) as Station ID DW4524. We strive to have the most accurate data but along the Front Range it can be very difficult. It can be snowing in one location and a mile in another direction sunny. You can find the summary of my CWOP data here.

Davis Vantage Vue 6250

About This Website

This website is owned and maintained by a me as a hobby more than anything. The Vantage Vue weather station console receives data from the various sensors. The console is then connected to a Dell laptop with 8GB of RAM running Windows 10. A software program called Weather Display captures all the data and then in turn uploads the information to the web site (hosted by ICD Soft).

This site is based on a template design by CarterLake.org. Special thanks go to Kevin Reed at TNET Weather Ken True at Saratoga Weather for sharing their knowledge of PHP, AJAX and various other features that this site uses. Significant knowledge and troubleshooting help has also been gained from the awesome users on the Weather Watch forums.

About Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs was founded on July 31, 1871 by General William Palmer, with the intention of creating a high-quality resort community, and was soon nicknamed "Little London" because of the many English tourists who came. Nearby Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods made the city's location a natural choice.

Within two years his flagship resort the Antlers Hotel opened, welcoming U.S. and international travelers as well as health-savvy individuals seeking the high altitude and dry climate, and Palmer's visions of a thriving, quality resort town were coming true. Soon after, he founded the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, a critical regional railroad. He maintained his presence in the city's early days by making many grants or sales of land to civic institutions. Palmer and his wife saw Colorado Springs develop into one of the most popular travel destinations in the late 1800s United States.

There are over 300 days of sunshine to be enjoyed in Colorado Springs annually. At an altitude of 6,035 feet, the climate of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region is warm in the summer and moderate in the spring, fall and winter. Classified as an "alpine desert," the dry, clean air was once a destination to heal tuberculosis patients. Today, visitors enjoy the climate because it allows for year-round outdoor recreation. Summers are dry with temperatures in the 80s to mid 90s, with cool nights in the 60s. Spring and fall temperatures range from the mid 50s to the low 70s and winters here can be white, but normally the snow that does fall melts quickly and reveals a sunny sky again. Winter temperatures range from the low 30s to upper 40s.

Colorado Springs is located 61 miles south of Denver near the base of one of the most famous mountains in the U.S.: Pikes Peak. As of the 2020 census, our population was 479,260 in the city proper. Basic elevation is 6035 feet but can vary widely, this station is at 7090 feet. Colorado Springs is the 40th most populus city in the US, we are home to the United States Air Force Academy, US Northern Command and Air Force Space Command (Peterson and Schriever AFB), Fort Carson Army Base as well as a number of other military installations. We are also home to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo which is the highest zoo in the U.S. (elevation wise)