Michael Padua with his Vantage Vue

Michael Padua, up on the roof with his newest weather station, a Vantage Vue. It joins Michael’s trusty sidekick, Vantage Pro2, in watching out for storms in Naga City, Philippines.


David Michael V. Padua is the Executive Director of the Typhoon Preparedness Center in Naga City, Philippines, and clearly knows his weather (and weather stations!). He was recently featured in the The Philippine Daily Inquirer as the “One Man Weather Center.”

The “maverick meteorologist” has been a weather buff since childhood and may be one of the few who considers himself lucky to live in a place so well “blessed” with cyclones. He feels that people in the Philippines have had a ” fatalistic bahala na [come-what-may] attitude” and his mission is to change that.

His web site, Typhoon2000, is a resource to many in Naga City, the Philippines, and internationally. He tries to make information understandable so residents can prepare for storms. He even offers a text message updater for up-to-the-minute storm information.

When a storm is threatening, Michael is constantly on his laptop. He manages to update his web site every hour when an area is threatened, compared with the four-times-a-day updates from the web site of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

He has rustled a few feathers at PAGASA, with whom he swears he doesn’t want to compete. But compete he does. Rather famously, back in 2004, he forecast that Cyclone Unding would indeed hit Naga City, while PAGASA said it would miss Naga City. Unfortunately for Naga City, Michael won that bet.

Michael is no newbie when it comes to Davis stations. “I’ve been using Davis products since 1995 when I got a Weather Wizard III,” he wrote. “It was destroyed by STY [Super Typhoon] Angela and replaced in 2004 with a Vantage Pro. That one was partially damaged by STY Durian. Then I added a Vantage Pro2 in 2007. I have just installed my fourth Davis product, the brand new and award-winning Vantage Vue which I purchased from your Phillipines distributor, Apex Inc.”

As Michael likes to say, “Thundering Typhoons!!!”


Vantage Pro2 in Turks and Caicos

…they might go to the Turks & Caicos Islands. This lucky one belongs to Seamus Day and sits “on the very edge of the island, sited on Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands, just pure ocean until you hit Africa to the east 2,500 miles (4,200 km) away.”

The Vantage Pro2 enjoys the same view as Seamus does when he looks out his home’s back window. “We are right next to the ocean, but elevated about 110 feet (35 m) on a cliff with a path to the beach below.”

Seamus got his station for use in his helicopter company. The company has since been sold, but the weather station stayed with Seamus.

While the weather is generally, well, fantastic on Grand Turk (some restaurants require that gentlemen wear “dress shorts” for dinner, and one time someone needed a sweater in the evening), Seamus’ station has seen some weather action. “We occasionally get hurricanes here, last year being the worst in fifty years with Hanna and Ike back to back, in a single week. Hurricane Ike came barreling in from the northeast in this exact position, with winds at 145 mph (233 kph). We are in the trade winds so we get high average wind speeds year-round, mainly from the east, with lots of sunshine and very little rain, allegedly only 27 inches (686 mm) per year; I will confirm if this is true next year!”

Meanwhile, pass the sun block.


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Note: This is a special edition of the E-News, in advance of our regular issue.

You’ve probably heard about Nik Wallenda’s daring two-part walk in the Windy City. But in case you haven’t heard, five Vantage Pro2s will be reporting live weather data back to the team and to the WeatherLink Network.

Watch this event live Sunday, November 2 at 7 ET (4 PT) or online at www.skyscraperlive.com.
Image courtesy the Discovery Channel.

The first Vantage Pro2 will be set up at Nik’s starting point on top of the Marina Tower West building. Nik will walk more than two city blocks (a second Vantage Pro2 will be hung mid-wire) to the Leo Burnett building, 50 stories above the frigid waters of the Chicago River where the third Vantage Pro2 will be stationed.

This will be Nik’s vantage point from the end of his first walk, where another Vantage Pro2 will be set up.
Watch this event live Sunday, November 2 at 7 ET (4 PT) or online at www.skyscraperlive.com.

Nik will then do something really amazing and walk the highwire again while blindfolded! He’ll start again at the Marina Tower West building and end at Marina Tower East where a fourth Vantage Pro2 will be reporting live weather data. The fifth station will be at ground level.

Nik will walk a highwire blindfolded between the Marina Tower West and
Marina Tower East buildings (the two round buildings).
Watch this event live Sunday, November 2 at 7 ET (4 PT) or online at www.skyscraperlive.com.

Weather-wise, the Wallenda team is most concerned about wind gusts. Nik has trained to prepare for night visibility, the sounds of the city, and the unpredictable wind.The Vantage Pro2s will keep Nik’s team and the viewers apprised of gusts, as well as other weather conditions.

The Davis Team will also work directly with The Weather Channel anchor Jim Cantore to provide real-time weather readings throughout the event. “Much like the Grand Canyon [walk], it is important for us to monitor the changing wind conditions, gusts and updrafts along with the changing wind direction over the Chicago River during Nik’s walk,” said Cantore. “At the Grand Canyon, we monitored updrafts and wind gusts reaching 50 MPH. It is important to understand the dynamics of the changing conditions as Nik makes his historic walks.”

We didn’t want you to miss it – look for our daring weather stations and let us know if you spot them!

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