Complete DIY Raspberry Pi Weather station with software. via instructables
Back in late February I saw this post on the Raspberry Pi site.
They had created Raspberry Pi Weather Stations for Schools. I totally wanted one! But at that time (and I believe still as of writing this) they are not publicly available (you need to be in a select group of testers). Well, I wanted on and I didn’t feel like shelling out hundreds of dollars for an existing 3rd party system.
So, like a good Instructable user, I decided to make my own!!!
I did a little research and found some good commercial systems I could base mine off. I found some good Instructables to help with some of the Sensor or Raspberry PI concepts. I even found this site, which was pay dirt, they had tore down an existing Maplin system:
Fast forward about a month and I have a basic working system. This is a complete Raspberry Pi Weather system with just the base Raspberry Pi hardware, camera, and some assorted analog and digital sensors to make our measurements. No buying pre-made anemometers or rain gauges, we are making our own! Here’s it’s features:
Records info to RRD and CSV, so can be manipulated or exported/imported to other formats.
Uses the Weather Underground API to get cool info like historical highs and lows, moon phases, and sunrise/sunset.
Uses the Raspberry Pi Camera to take a picture once a minute (you can then use them to make timelapses).
Has webpages that display the data for the current conditions and some historical (last hour, day, 7 days, month, year). The website theme changes with the time of day (4 options: sunrise, sunset, day and night).
All of the software for record and displaying the information is in a Github, I’ve even done some bug tracking, feature requests in there as well:
This project was a great learning experience for me, I got to really dive into the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi especially with the GPIO, and I hit some learning pain points as well. I hope you, the reader, can learn from some of my trials and tribulations.
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