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‘Sensor Journalism’: WNYC’s ‘Harlem Heat Project’ Built with Adafruit Feather! @jkeefe @WNYC

Lately if you have been tuned into WNYC on the radio here in the boroughs of NYC – from afar you can listen live at wnyc.org – you might have heard the question asked, “How hot is Harlem?

This and several other segments have aired as part of WNYC’s Harlem Heat Project series. Tracking the heat in various locations in Harlem – indeed throughout the boroughs – is necessary to better understand the health and vitality of both the city and its inhabitants (many of these points are further elaborated in this post). Temperatures from a week in July for example ranged from around 80°F on the first floor to well over 90°F on some 7th floor locations!

And as it turns out the sensors they’re using are built in-part at least with Adafruit Feather boards – in conjunction with the DHT22 temperature-humidity sensor and a LiPo battery!

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Read – and listen – to more segments:
How Hot Is Harlem?
Tracking the Temperatures on the Harlem Heat Island
A Hotter Than Normal Week in the City Compared to the Burbs
Without AC, Public Housing Residents Swelter Through the Summer

And hat-tip to John Keefe for blogging this and also linking to the code and BOM from his blog.


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