Weather Stations and software


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by ianmenai » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:27 am
Pi folks can I pick your brains please?
I am trying to create a weather station using my raspberry pi so that I can access it remotely over the internet.
Custom internet weather stations cost an arm and a leg but USB ones, nearly always windows orientated, are affordable, well to me!
Has anybody done this and can offer advice or if not suggestions?
I'm looking at a La Crosse WS2350, being affordable and reasonably well built. Davis are better but ~much~ more expensive, over twice as expensive!
All help gratefully received.
Thanks
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by ghans » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:17 am
Perhaps you should google for Linux drivers/support or even projects of
other tinkerers who have released code for Linux.

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by wpns » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:30 am
http://www.wviewweather.com/ seems to have armel Debian distributions, so that might be a good starting point.

Let us know how it works, this sounds like a great project!
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by ghans » Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:26 pm
Perhaps you should also search the forums a bit ...


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by lapoltba » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:38 pm
Food for thought if you are the DIY type...

Maxim IC has a line of "one wire sensors" (also known as Dallas-One-Wire) that are fairly simple to implement. They can be daisy chained and easily implemented with just about any protocol.

http://www.maxim-ic.com/products/1-wire/
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by philcdav » Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:48 pm
Hi Ian.

No. I havent done it BUT have been using one of these units for over 4 years now ....

http://www.maplin.co.uk/usb-touchscreen ... ter-228825

At £60 it represents good value. The data stream on 863 MHz goes to the console.

Your task would be to get at it from there :)

The supplied software (Windows EasyWeather) is OK but I use Cumulus.

http://sandaysoft.com/forum/

The Forum has some really smart folk on it so u might ask there.

It would be a neat trick to get a Pi doing the job but I use an old laptop running XP and about 15W !

Regards - Phil
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by lapoltba » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:55 pm
:o Wow, that is cool. I'd say that is a pretty good bang for your buck for sure! How well does the rain gauge work? Do you have to empty it every so often?
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by TideMan » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:41 am
I endorse Philcdav's comments.

I've had a FineOffset instrument running for two years now using Cumulus on an ancient Win XP laptop:
http://www.tideman.co.nz/PWS/

But I haven't managed to get Linux to read the USB signal.
There seems to be a compatibility problem............

BTW, the raingauge is a tipping bucket, so it automatically empties itself.
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by chsims1 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:42 am
If you want a linux alternative, try pywws at http://code.google.com/p/pywws/. I have been using this on a Linksys NSLU2 for about 4 years, and I am in the process of sorting it out on my RPi (works fine, but USB package drops occasionally). This series of python scripts logs the weatherstation data, and gives you the ability to generate text files/graphs which can be uploaded to a website http://thesutherlands.co.uk/weather.php(also updates WeatherUnderground, twitter http://www.twitter.com/key_weather, MetOffice accounts too). Someone else on these forums has described how to get it installed, so do a quick search if you are interested.

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by gfaman » Mon May 20, 2013 8:26 am
Hi,

I'm using successfully my Rasp Pi with pywws software.
It took some times to make it work but now it is ok, connected to a compatible WS1060.
Demo live page here:

http://weather.solarcamlab.com

Later, I'll describe my installation.

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by krjones » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:33 pm
I use the weewx software and an OregonScientific WMR100. The software is python based and it runs perfectly with different templates, as well as a smartphone version. It is really easy to set up and works great on the Pi. Weewx also supports many of the more popular brands of weather stations.

http://www.weewx.com/
http://www.oregonscientific.com/us/en/Weather/Professional-Weather-Stations
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by shuckle » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:43 am
Wfrog is what i use with my oregon wrm100n station on my pi. Works fine also.
http://code.google.com/p/wfrog/
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by odintheterrible » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:18 pm
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