Getting "spammed" with email or txt messages from PMI.
PMI sends messages for a reason - if you're getting a message, there's something that needs to be considered. That said...
- FTP Connect Timeout:
- Cumulus on your weather station computer is griping
that it had a problem doing the regular updates (typically
every 10 or 15 mins, configured in Cumulus). This is
probably just a poor internet communications channel. You
can click the red flashing error indicator on the Cumulus
screen to clear this.
- If you're using wireless, you probably just have a marginal
connection, perhaps you're right at the edge of the local
wifi range. If possible, move the weather station computer
closer to the wifi, or perhaps get a wifi extender.
- If you cannot improve the connection, you can choose
to not be notified. Log into PMI, go to "Preferences"
screen, select "Ignore FTP Connect Timeout from Cumulus",
and of course, hit Save.
If you are on a marginal connection and get
this error more than occasionally, you may be all right.
Each time Cumulus writes it's data to the PMI server, it
writes the entire month's data file. So as long as there
was at least one update in any given hour, that's good
enough - you really don't care that it had a problem a while
ago. Additionally, if the problem persists so badly that no
update is done within an hour, you'll get the "data is
overdue" error (below).
- "data is overdue":
This is the PMI program on the server telling
you that the files it's working on have not changed since
the last run (hourly). This means that your weather
station has not communicated with the server for an hour.
Your system could be crashed, Cumulus may not be running,
power outage at the weather station computer, or simply a
bad internet connection.
- If you have Cumulus configured to write to
WUnderground, WeatherBug, etc., you can go to those
websites to see if they are showing "offline" as well.
If they're Ok, but PMI is not, contact MikeL -- if
everybody shows down, it's your problem...
- These problems will probably require a manual
intervention - you'll have to go to the Cumulus weather
station, determine the problem and fix it.
- You'll see this if you have Cumulus set up on a
laptop or some computer that is not turned on 24/7. When
you shut down, you'll start getting errors, hourly, until
you start back up.
- In this event, you can choose to surpress this
message. Log into your PMI account, go to the
"Preferences" screen, and check "Disable data is overdue
from PMI", and of course, hit Save.
You should be aware that on the last day of the month, the
data file changes over to a new name at midnight, so you
really want that last file written in order to have
complete data -- so you'll want to leave the machine
running overnight on the last day of the month.
- If you're doing the not-turned-on-24/7, you must be
willing to accept that the PMI page data for you is not
always current. Most importantly, this means that alerts
like low temperature will not be timely, and thus not
You got an email from PMI for your weather station that looks like the following:
From: PV pmi
Date: March 28, 2020 at 9:08:19 PM PDT
Subject: PV pmi: admin
#LatestError: Data input appears to have stopped - check your station and connections
#LatestErrorTime: 9:00 PM
The bottom line is that your instrument cluster battery is probably
dead. See Davis Vantage Vue Batteries
It is also possible that your instrument cluster has simply croaked
and needs to be repaired or replaced. Mine did this after about 10
This is NOT a problem with the computer, the internet, or the PMI
server - this problem is entirely the station setup. Rebooting the
computer won't help... <grin!>
The instrument cluster is no longer communicating with the base
station. In the Davis base station, look for the blinking circles at
the top of the antenna image. (blue oval)
On the Cumulus screen on the computer,
look for the "TX Battery Status: 1-ok ...". (green oval)
Also check the "last data read at:" (purple oval)
the PMI website, "Manage station" screen, you'll find the same data.
Look for "#LatestError", "#LatestErrorDate" and "#LatestErrorTime"
(orange oval). These should match the contents of the email.
Also look for "#txbattery". It may say "1-low", indicating it was low
at the time of the last successful communication.
See Davis battery page for
info on replacing battery.