In this article, I explain how to build a weather station with an ePaper display (like the kind you find on a Kindle, except this one is tri-color – white, black and red) and a Raspberry Pi and put it in an enclosure so that you have a finished project that you can display on your coffee table or night stand and see the weather information for your location (or locations) of choice!
For the weather data, I use Open Weather Map, a cloud service that offers a Weather API and that has a free tier plan available. It even has a Python wrapper library available to easily invoke the APIs and get the weather data in an object oriented manner, without worrying about underlying protocols and processing JSON results.
For the ePaper display, I use an ePaper HAT for the Raspberry Pi by Waveshare, who also provide a python library for interfacing with it.
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