A ThirdAveSuite tutorial has been written to introduce the user to the features of this application and its use. Please select
the following link to view it: Tutorial.
ThirdAveSuite, Current Version is 4.1
ThirdAveSuite is an iPhone/iPad/AppleWatch application that is dedicated to monitoring the Third Avenue kiteboarding and
sailboarding weather instrument and Webcam mounted on top of the Gilead Sciences building at 303 Velocity Way
in Foster City, CA.
The weather instrument being used is a Davis Vantage Pro2, and the weather information is served using a
Meteohub weather server. The data is collected every 15 seconds (or so) and posted in Weather Display Live format
to the Arbor-Studios website. The data is acquired on the same schedule by the iPhone application.
ThirdAveWind displays different background images and audio based on wind speed and direction.
The default setting for audio is OFF as a consideration to those who might be checking conditions at 3rd during
The Webcam is an AXIS Pan Tilt Zoom network camera that takes 12 static images and then an additional 28 images that
are stitched into a panoramic view of the site, approximately 200 degrees from northboard facing Third Ave to past the
southbound facing Third Ave. The images are updated approximately every 5 minutes 24 hours a day, and at night the
camera switches to infrared views.
- Updated to iOS 9
- Added our first Apple Watch version
- Updated to iOS 8
- Changed from individual webcam views to a collection view, and from 5 views to 12
We would like to thank Scott Ellington for letting us use his photograph on our splash screen. We would also like to thank
Clark Beckstead for his photograph of 3rd Avenue looking toward Coyote Point at sunset.
Differences with Flash Weather Web Site
In April, 2010, an experimental version of ThirdAveWind (and ThirdAveSuite) was deployed
that eliminates the conversion from knots to mph for wind speed values. The
intention of this change was to accommodate the differences between observed
wind speed values on the EFI roof, where the weather sensors are located, and the
observed wind speed values at the corner by the sailboarding ramp. Since that
deployment the values displayed in these apps have been aligned much better with the observed
values at the sailboard ramp. In fact, the values in the apps now appear to be
between the values at the sailboard ramp and the values at the channel marker, whereas the values
from the weather sensor align better with the values at the channel marker or values at the SFO
sensor. As such, this change has been made permanent, and users of ThirdAveWind and ThirdAveSuite should
know that the values displayed in these apps are not observed values but are intended to comply with
our goal of providing accurate information on the kiting/sailboarding conditions
at 3rd Avenue.
ThirdAveSuite was designed to work on Apple LTE-generation iPhones running iOS 9 or better. It will no longer
work with earlier iPhone models. If you find that the application is crashing on startup please contact
ArborStudios and we will try to help diagnose the problem.
- Maybe build a version that adds some of the webcam images to the Apple Watch app.
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