First introduced in December 2013, MatthewsWeather.com runs as a hobby and non-profit website. It is not affiliated, nor endorsed by the City of Matthews or any official weather agency. We don't accept advertising.
Local weather data was orignally collected on Davis Vantage Wireless Hardware . 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 12 Mbit broadband Windstream DSL data connection to our Web hosting company in Houston, Texas.
The 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 serial cable to the server.
This site is licensed from a design by Bruce Keever at KirklandWeather.com. The software 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.
MatthewsWeather.com is designed and tested with the latest Windows Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox releases. These browsers represent 90% of the browsers used to access our site. MatthewsWeather.com is also viewable with Apple Safari, including on the iPhone and iPad.
If you're interested in creating your own weather site, there is a strong community of weather enthusiasts at Weather Watch Forum.
MatthewsWeather.com is a member and shares its data with WeatherUnderground (Station ID KNCMATTH12).
About Matthews, North Carolina
Matthews is a large suburban town of Charlotte located in southeastern Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The population was 27,198 according to the 2010 Census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.2 square miles, all of it land.
One Fortune 500 company, Family Dollar Stores, has its headquarters in Matthews. Other companies having their headquarters in Matthews include Harris Teeter, grocery store chain; Pokertek a gaming device manufacturer; Conbraco Industries Incorporated, a valve manufacturer; and MANA Nutritive Aid Products, a producer of therapeutic foods for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.