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Offline pj56556

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Weather Station that reports to an URL
« on: December 02, 2019, 12:44:24 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I'm new here as you can tell.

I'm looking for advice on a Weather Station that can report back temp, humidity, rainfall (without having to go on roof to maintain it), snow (if not cost prohibitive), barometric pressure, wind speed. I'd also like a camera to see the sky but it's not a big deal if it doesn't have one.

For connectivity Ethernet is preferred however I could get by with Wifi. I do not want to have to change batteries so a hardwired system is best.

I would also like this station to periodically report back (maybe every 5 seconds) to an URL on my web server which I'll setup to record the data. This data will be recorded alongside environmental data captured inside the building. The purpose of this station is to record the outside environment and how it impacts the inside of the building. I'm open to any other variables you think I should track.

Thanks everyone
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Offline galfert

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Re: Weather Station that reports to an URL
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2019, 05:36:49 PM »
Even if you get a cabled version of a weather station so that you don't need to change out batteries you would be neglecting needed service. You don't just mount a weather station and ignore it. A weather station has to be cared for regularly to ensure that it continues to provide good data. Maintenance includes cleaning out debris from the rain gauge. I was amazed that even without trees nearby and grass everywhere (no dust) dirt still gets in there. Then you have insects and spider webs to deal with and bees and wasp nests in the rain gauge and radiation shield. Then it is also a good idea to also check out the anemometer.

Therefore since you need to visit the station anyway for regular maintenance that should be done every 3 to 6 months minimally...you can see where being wireless and using batteries is a non-issue as you'll be there anyway. Most batteries last at least 2 to 3 years. Some people like to proactively change out batteries every year or every 2.

Weather stations work with a battery as a backup. They predominantly operate with solar power. During the day the solar panel is also charging a super capacitor. Then at night the station runs off the charged super capacitor. It is only at times where the super capacitor is insufficient (long periods of extended cloudiness) that the battery is actually used. That is why the battery can last so long.

Many wireless systems can have separate components. This allows flexibility to put the parts in different places.

The next part of your list include two items that are usually not included in a typical weather station. A snow depth sensor and web camera. These are not included because it is anyone can add to any station. It just becomes a separate system to provided these functions. So you can get any snow depth sensor and any web camera that you want. There is no concern for compatibility.

Hopefully that will dissolve some of your questions and take out some of the mysteries of a weather station.

For the community to further help you it would be beneficial to know what your budget is for a weather station. There are many parts. So lets just talk about the base system and hardware and not include the extras like snow depth and web camera. So what is your budget for a weather station that will provide wind speed, direction, rain, temperature, humidity, and barometer and any hardware/software to connect to the Internet. It is possible to build this weather station with several brands that will work without a computer to do all this....and in some cases when a computer is required a Raspberry Pi can be used to keep thing neat, tidy, and cost effective...yet very capable.

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