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Offline SteveJP

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Weather stations compatible with Open Weather Map API
« on: April 15, 2020, 12:47:58 AM »
I'm looking to buy a weather station with the ability to connection to the "Open Weather Map" API. The reason for this is that I want to be able to use the information in conjunction with my telescope setup, and the software for that uses a standard called ASCOM which can use data from the Open Weather Map API, but apparently not Weather Underground etc.
I'm looking for rainfall, temperature,humidity, due point, wind speed and direction.
What puzzles me is that there are thousands of weather stations connecting to the Open Weather Map system, but after spending several hours on the Internet, I'm still completely unable to determine what brands of weather station will connect in this way. I emailed the OPW people, but they were only able to point me to the description of the API.
Hope someone knows the answer to what seems like a simple question.

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Re: Weather stations compatible with Open Weather Map API
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2020, 06:08:56 AM »
Most weather stations only upload to a small handful of weather services. But you are looking in the wrong place if you are looking for a weather station with that given capability. What you need is a weather station that is possible to be used with 3rd party weather software. Meaning you need a weather station that will allow you to get live data using software so that you can then upload it to Openweathermap.

That may sound complicated, but it really isn't. You just work backwards to find the solution.

The following software has been designed with the ability to upload to Openweathermap:
  • Meteobridge
  • WeeWX
  • Weather-Display

Now all you need is a weather station compatible with any of those software and you have the complete solution.

The following weather stations are compatible with said software:

  • Davis Vantage Pro 2 with Weatherlink Live logger
  • Ecowitt - Just about any model station with the added optional GW1000. The GW1000 is only optional if you use WeeWX.

There are other options and possible combinations. But those I listed are the most popular and they represent two different price points.
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Ecowitt GW1000 | Meteobridge on Raspberry Pi
WU: KFLWINTE111  |  PWSweather: KFLWINTE111
CWOP: FW3708  |  AWEKAS: 14814
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Re: Weather stations compatible with Open Weather Map API
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2020, 09:20:09 AM »
Thanks galfert for that very detailed and helpful reply. I'll look in the direction you suggest.