It used to be “talking about the weather” indicated light, fluffy, easy chitchat. Not so much nowadays. It may be useful, then, to explore DIY project that present weather in a simple, cute way. Here’s a project that does just that using Adafruit QT Py and Adafruit 5×5 NeoPixel Grid, from the Adafruit Learn System:
With all of the weather API’s and display options, it can be overwhelming to decide which approach to take when building a weather display. This project takes the less is more, or smol is more, approach.
You can use the tiny yet mighty 5×5 NeoPixel Grid BFF add-on board with a QT Py ESP32-S2 to display the current weather conditions and temperature. The CircuitPython code is using the Open-Meteo API to fetch current weather data. Open-Meteo is a free and open-source weather API that does not require an API key, making it fast to get started with.
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