About Me

We live about 2 miles northwest of Ellisville, Mississippi (EM51), in Jones County, or The Free State of Jones as it is known. We moved here in late 1999 from Edmond, Oklahoma. We also have a farm and a house 8 miles north of Meadville, Mississippi (EM41) that we will probably retire to in a few years. I have three main hobbies besides my grandchildren, Ham Radio (Amateur Radio), Astronomy, and Weather, which I will talk more about later on this page.

I am the head of the IT Department for a large poultry company based in Laurel, MS. We have over 12,000 employees in five states. I have been programming, managing networks and telecommunications since the early 70's. I hope to retire in a few years to our farm.

I have been a Ham Radio Operator for most of my life. My Amateur Radio Callsign is N5PA. I mainly like Contesting and DXing. My favorite contests are CW and RTTY contests, but I will jump in on the Phone contests, also. As I get older I tend to like the shorter contests as it is hard for me to go for 48 hours straight. I have operated from several DXCC entities, with the most rare being Malawi as 7Q7PA. I have not been as active since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, but my plans are to have a modest station at the house and a good DX and Contesting station at the farm.

I have been interested in astronomy my entire life. With the Sun having a major impact on radio propagation, it was a good segue from Amateur Radio to astronomy. You can visit my Astronomy pages on this site for further detail. I am a member of the Rainwater Astronomy Association at French Camp, MS and I enjoy going up there and taking a break from work. When I have time I assist with the monthly programs they have, mainly when it comes time to set up the scopes for observing. The Rainwater Observatory puts on the annual Mid-South Star Gaze each April and it is very educational and a lot of fun. I have a Celestron C-1100 CGEM, an Orion XT8 Dobsonian, and a Lunt Solar Telescope. We are going to build an observatory over at the farm and will probably end up with a rolling roof observatory. It will be nice to have the scopes set up permanently so that I will not have to spend all of that time setting up and taking them down. Our farm is in a very dark location and the closest town is 8 miles away and our closest neighbors are several miles away. You can walk outside and see the Milky Way at the farm.

On the weather front, we have a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Wireless weather station at home and at the farm. I have several more purchases to make before I retire. I am going to buy a lightning detector, probably one of the Boltek Lightning Detectors. I have purchase the WXSIM weather forecasting software and the GR3Level Radar Mapping Software and will integrate them into my web site. I think these will be good additions to my weather station. One of the things I am working towards right now is to get a weather cam set up for view on the internet. I am working on the cabling and power issues with getting that done. I have 90% Solar Screens on my house to keep the temperature down inside so I cannot mount the camera inside the window frame. The Solar Screens block the view and an inside camera is not even an option.

About Franklin County and Meadville, Mississippi

Franklin County was the fourth county formed in Mississippi, so it is one of the oldest of the counties in Mississippi. It was established December 21, 1809, eleven years after the Mississippi Territory was formed. The territorial Governor at the time was David Holmes, who was appointed by President Thomas Jefferson. The County was named after Benjamin Franklin, noted diplomat, statesman, and inventor.

The centrally located county seat is the town of Meadville was originally named Franklin and was located two miles west of its current location. In 1809 a citizens committee made up of Richard Coleman, Stephen Middleton, John Spivars, Dougal McLaughlin, and Samuel Ratcliff, was formed to acquire land for a county seat.

The county seat was moved to the new town of Meadville in 1920. The town was, named for Cowles Mead, who served as the second secretary of the Mississippi Territory. Meadville was incorporated as a Mississippi town in 1860. Mississippi Congressman Dan C. McGeehee was a native of Meadville.

The county has a total area of 566.74 square miles, of which 564.60 square miles is land and 2.14 square mile (0.38%) is water. The population recorded in the 1810 Federal Census was 2,016. The 2010 census recorded 8,118 residents in the county. As of 2013, Meadville had a population of 437 people.

Neighboring counties are Jefferson County (north), Lincoln County (east), Amite County (south), Wilkinson County (southwest), and Adams County (west). Communities in the county include Bude, Meadville, Roxie, Eddiceton, Hamburg, Knoxville, Lucien, McCall Creek, and Quentin.

Pre-1817 History of Franklin County, Mississippi

Following LaSalle's trip down the Mississippi River, the Franklin County area was recognized as being populated by the Natchez Indians.

The French built their second settlement at Fort Rosalie (now Natchez) in 1716 and other settlements followed quickly. The growth of the area was slow. Notable land deals like the speculative Mississippi Company's deal led to the financial panic in 1720 known as the bursting of the Mississippi Bubble.

The Natchez Indians grew restless as French settlers began to take over their lands. They attacked Fort Rosalie in 1729 killing many settlers. Following this attack the French retaliated by virtually destroying almost all of the Natchez Indians.

With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 after the French and Indian War, France ceded its territory east of the Mississippi River except New Orleans. This Mississippi area which included present day Franklin County became a part of British West Florida and was known as the Natchez District. The northern boundary extended to the mouth of the Yazoo River. This area witnessed a large influx of Anglo-Americans from the Atlantic Seaboard Colonies.

During the American Revolution Spain seized the Natchez District and the remainder of British West Florida. When the American Revolution ended in 1783 Britain transferred the claim to the territory north of the 31 degree latitude to the United States. But, Spain refused to recognize the American claim to West Florida. It was not until 1795 that the Spanish agreed to the 31 degree north boundary. It was not until 1798 that the Spanish actually relinquished control of the Natchez District to the United States. In the meantime, the state of Georgia complicated matters by asserting a claim to the area. Georgia had actually sold land to three companies of eager speculators. Georgia passports were issued to settlers who would travel by land through the Creek Indian territory to the western Mississippi River settlements.

In 1798 the United States Congress created the Mississippi Territory which included all the land between Georgia and the Mississippi River which was located north of the 31 degree latitude and south of a line running due east of the mouth of the Yazoo River. In 1804 this territory was expanded to include the land northward to Tennessee. It 1812 the rest of West Florida was included.

On December 10, 1817 Mississippi was admitted as a state to the United States. The eastern part of the Mississippi Territory became the Alabama Territory.

Weather Statistics About Franklin County and Meadville, Mississippi

Meadville averages 60.06 inches of rain each year and no average annual snowfall. The annual average maximum temperature is 76.9°F and an average annual minimum temperature of 53.9°F. The overall annual average temperature is 65.4°F. The Annual Heating Degree Days (HDD), which is the number of days it is below 65°F, is 2,139. The Annual Cooling Degree Days (CDD), which is the number of days it is above 65°F, is 2,276. HDD is a form of Degree Day used to estimate energy requirements for heating. Typically, heating degree days are calculated as how much colder the mean temperature at a location is than 65F on a given day. For example, if a location experiences a mean temperature of 55°F on a certain day, there were 10 HDD that day because 65 - 55 = 10, according to the National Weather Service. CDD is a form of Degree Day used to estimate energy requirements for air conditioning or refrigeration. Typically, cooling degree days are calculated as how much warmer the mean temperature at a location is than 65°F on a given day. For example, if a location experiences a mean temperature of 75°F on a certain day, there were 10 CDD that day because 75 - 65 = 10, according to the National Weather Service.

About My Weather Station

The station is powered by a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Wireless weather station. The data is collected every 5 seconds and the website is updated every 5 minutes. This site and its data is collected using Cumulus Software. The station is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge, a solar sensor, and a thermo-hydro sensor situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible.

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