The Apollo Bay Weather Station has been operating since 2006 and is sponsored by Jeffrey and Kerry Richardson from the End Farm Killala Road Apollo Bay. Thanks also to the Apollo Bay Surf Club and the Apollo Bay Pharmacy.
One of the reason for setting up the station was so sailors at the Apollo Bay Sailing Club who lived out of the bay could get an idea of what was to be expected on arrival. The notable difference between Killala Road, Hordernvale, Johanna and Colac became very apparent at times. Lengthy drives to find little or no wind was always a great disappointment.
As all local weather is based on Cape Otway we decided to purchase one with the works and and see what benefits could be gained by having one in the bay.
The station is a Davis Wireless Vantage Pro2™ Plus including, rain collector, temperature and humidity sensors, anemometer, solar radiation sensor, UV sensor and uses solar panel to operate during daylight hours. Temperature and humidity sensors are enclosed in standard radiation shield.
The weather station console and data hosts a temperature sensor, barometer and data logger which interprets information it receives wirelessly from the main unit and makes the appropriate calculations to produce the all the information displayed online including the weather forecast.