evanworth
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Weather Station for a School

Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:20 pm

Hey all,

This is my first post, so just want to say hi and that I love the Raspberry Pi and everything it is doing for education. I'm a teacher in Massachusetts and I was telling someone about Raspberry Pi and how I would like to use it for a weather station at our school and was told to find one and buy it. I assume I have a budget of <$350. So, I am asking for your thoughts and opinions on what might be the best station to buy that works with the raspberry Pi and will take accurate readings.
I forsee making it into a wunderground location so students can easily see the information.

I was looking on amazon and saw this as a good option?:

http://www.amazon.com/Davis-Instruments ... ql_qh_dp_t

But I am new to the raspberry pi hacking arena and wanted to see what others who are smarter than myself thought.

Thanks

Evan

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Re: Weather Station for a School

Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:32 pm

evanworth wrote:Hey all,

This is my first post, so just want to say hi and that I love the Raspberry Pi and everything it is doing for education. I'm a teacher in Massachusetts and I was telling someone about Raspberry Pi and how I would like to use it for a weather station at our school and was told to find one and buy it. I assume I have a budget of <$350. So, I am asking for your thoughts and opinions on what might be the best station to buy that works with the raspberry Pi and will take accurate readings.
I forsee making it into a wunderground location so students can easily see the information.

I was looking on amazon and saw this as a good option?:

http://www.amazon.com/Davis-Instruments ... ql_qh_dp_t

But I am new to the raspberry pi hacking arena and wanted to see what others who are smarter than myself thought.

Thanks

Evan
evanworth,

I can almost blindly, recommend you Davis Instruments, they are a well know company and some of my colleagues have the professional version of the Vantage Vue running during years in our harsh tropical environment.

Apart of your RasPi, power supply and some SD cards, you will need some software to deal with the station itself and crunch the gathered data, you can even write your own (Davis offers freely the documentation of his communication protocol, but caution is huge! :twisted: ) or use already created software as http://www.wviewweather.com/ or http://www.weewx.com/.

Also the Foundation is developing a Weather Station, you should have a look here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/school-weath ... n-project/ and here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/education/weather-station/.


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Re: Weather Station for a School

Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:25 am

RPF has a weather station for schools and hopefully a way to buy one in the future because if you can I will buy one.
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Re: Weather Station for a School

Thu May 07, 2015 8:40 pm

Hi,

I have a davis vantage vue were I add a xbee module in the console and my raspberry pi. I use weewx Written in python and this works excellent. At the moment my vantage vue is in repair but my weather website is http://dessert.synology.me/weather. All weather data is uploaded to many weather websites and all data is stored on my sql server.

Regards michiel

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Re: Weather Station for a School

Thu May 07, 2015 9:51 pm

I have a Fine Offset instrument that gave 5 years of trouble-free operation until the effects of the sun's ultra-violet rays made the plastic so brittle that it failed - the electronics and wireless were still working fine.
I've replaced it with another one. Fine Offset instruments are much cheaper than other brands. Here's a link:
http://www.foshk.com/weather_professional/wh1081.htm
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