One thing is for sure, everybody loves talking about the weather.
To give people something to talk about, a Coupeville business owner and amateur meteorologist has a weather station that puts local weather stats on the Internet for everybody to see.
That website provides a wide array of weather stats that can spark local weather discussion.
David Broberg, owner of the Blue Goose Inn on North Main Street in Coupeville has a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration certified weather station installed at his historic bed and breakfast.
The information collected is published on the Internet at www.coupevilleweather.com
A link to the weather site is also available on the Blue Goose site.
“It’s been wildly popular,” Broberg said. “Everybody likes talking about the weather.”
He added that since starting the weather information website in early February, it has been the most popular part of his Internet presence.
The website provides real time temperature, barometric pressure, dew point, humidity and soil temperatures.
It also has a National Weather Center radar image and a real-time image of Coupeville and Penn Cove taken from the roof of one of his buildings.
Parts of the weather station are placed on two parts of his bed and breakfast. He has wind and temperature monitors on the roof of one of the historic homes and he has equipment monitoring soil conditions buried in the garden. That information is funneled to a computer and then posted online.
Bergman is a relatively new bed and breakfast operator. He purchased the Blue Goose Inn, which is comprised of the Kineth House built in 1887 and the Gillespie House built in 1891, in November 2012 and re-opened the lodging in December.
Formerly of Colorado, he has been planning to open a bed and breakfast for 10 years and decided to buy the Blue Goose Inn because Coupeville is a great place to live and the area has a strong tourist economy.
He is keeping active promoting the Blue Goose, which was formally owned by Sue Cunningham.
While living in Colorado, he developed his interest in weather. He attended weather spotting classes.
He decided to start his website as a way to promote the Blue Goose. It provides a way for potential visitors to get up-to-date weather information along with an idea of the view they are sure to enjoy when they visit the historic town.