HeavyWeather Pro or HeavyWeather Beta 2.0 Files Required for Virtual Weather Station

Virtual Weather Station launches and reads data from the HeavyWeather (HW) Pro or HeavyWeather Beta 2.0 program.

To obtain the latest version of HeavyWeather, visit: http://www.heavyweather.info/ or download HW Beta 2.0 >here

To determine which version of HW you are running, select the HW icon from the desktop, right click and view Properties and the General Tab. It should read: Target: heavy weather 2.0 beta release

The following is required for Virtual Weather Station to Communicate to HeavyWeather:

1. Heavy Weather File Location (default is c:\heavyweather\heavy weather.exe).

  • Purpose: Virtual Weather Station will automatically launch the HeavyWeather executable file to obtain up to date weather conditions.
  • Where to find it: Right click on the HeavyWeather icon on your desktop and select Properties. Select the Shortcut Tab and locate the Target Location. If the target location is C:\HeavyWeather\heavy weather.exe, you will browse to this file location in Virtual Weather Station.

    *Note: this function changed from a director location to a file location in Version 14.01p10. The purpose of this change was to be compatable with newer versions of Heavy Weather where the executable name was changed. Thus, the user must specify the actual executable file name.

2. Heavy Weather History File Location (default is history.dat).
  • Purpose: This file contains the accumulated uploads of data from the display. Since the display’s storage limit is 1,750 records, history.dat can aggregate uploads over a long time. Virtual Weather Station reads this file to obtain archived data when the computer or software is shut down.
  • Where to find it: The default location for older versions of HeavyWeather is c:\HeavyWeather
    If you do not find it there reference the following document from the developers of HeavyWeather:

    Windows XP: Open My Computer, then click on Drive C: (or the appropriate drive on which
    your operating system is installed). Select Documents and Settings and open the folder with
    your <user name>. Select My Documents and open the HeavyWeather folder. All history.dat
    files are stored in the History folder.

    Vista: Open Computer, then click on Drive C: (or the appropriate drive on which your operating
    system is installed). Select Users and open the folder with your <user name>. Select the
    Documents folder and open the HeavyWeather folder. All history.dat files are stored in the
    History folder.

    Windows 7: Open Computer, then click on Drive C: (or the appropriate drive on which your
    operating system is installed). Select Users and open the folder with your <user name>. Select
    the My Documents folder and open the HeavyWeather folder. All history.dat files are stored in
    the History folder.
3. Heavy Weather Current Data File Location (currdat.lst).
  • Purpose: This file contains a copy of the information showing on the display or the current data. Virtual Weather Station reads this file to obtain the current weather station data.
  • Where to find it: The default location for older versions of HeavyWeather is c:\HeavyWeather
    If you do not find it there reference the following document from the developers of HeavyWeather:

    All Windows: If you downloaded the latest HeavyWeather Pro software version, an icon for
    currdat.lst was installed on your desktop. If so, right click on the icon and select Properties. On
    the Shortcut tab, look in the “Target” item where the path for where currdat.lst is stored on
    your PC.

    Windows XP: By default this location is "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application
    Data\currdat.lst").

    Vista/Windows 7: By default this location is: C:\ProgramData\. Because this is a hidden system folder,
    you can configure software to read this location, but you cannot directly open it.

    Note: Currdat.lst is constantly updated by the display; so there is no need to backup this file. If you
    placed your installation elsewhere, then you will need to search for the file. You may need to enable
    “search hidden files and folders” to succeed.

The final panel configuration should look similar to the following:
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