### Author Topic: Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion  (Read 4711 times)

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#### SLOweather

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##### Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion
« on: March 07, 2016, 04:46:52 PM »
Well, the copper weather vane has morphed now into as much of a "steam-punk" weather station as I can muster. As you probably have read elsewhere, I have the weather vane and anemometer built, and the anny actually measuring wind speed. I'm still cogitating on the mechanics of how to read the weather vane position. I've chosen a rather obscure industrial automation controller, because I have lots of parts, it makes me a better programmer for our water company, and because I think it will add to the ultimate steam-punkishness of the final project.

The choice of the controller limits my inputs to discrete switches, and 4-20 ma, and 0-5 volt analog signals. I can also have relay and analog outputs as well as a speech board.

For temperature, I've selected LM34s, which produce a voltage output proportional to the temperature in F. It's actually very easy to read, as the voltage in 10s of mv = the temperature in degrees F. (0.75 volts = 75°).

2 of those, a wick and some distilled water, and a small fan make a psychrometer. I can use those temperature values and the barometric pressure to calculate the relative humidity and dew point.

Now I'm on the track of some analog barometric pressure sensors.

#### Farmtalk

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##### Re: Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2016, 04:55:04 PM »
That is awesome! Care to post some pictures of your fine work?
Joe Fitzwater
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#### CW2274

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##### Re: Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2016, 04:58:55 PM »
Now I'm on the track of some analog barometric pressure sensors.
There's a ton of aircraft altimeters on sale thru ebay.

#### SLOweather

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##### Re: Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2016, 06:18:17 PM »

Those all seem to be mechanical. I thought about trying to make one analog. I'm looking for something with a 0-5 volt output at say, 800-1100 hPa/mb.

Climatronics has one that would work, but it's \$600.
http://www.climatronics.com/pdf_pn/sensors/102270.pdf

First Sensor has one, for \$54 in unit quantities, shipped from Germany:

#### SLOweather

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##### Re: Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2016, 06:20:54 PM »
That is awesome! Care to post some pictures of your fine work?

There's a thread on the mechanics of the weather vane and "add-a-mometer" here:

http://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=27818.0

and more on the anemometer sensing and calibration here:

http://www.wxforum.net/index.php?topic=28573.0

#### SLOweather

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##### Re: Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2016, 01:48:11 PM »
The work bench was getting too cluttered, so I built a stand to hold the controller, display, fuse block, servo controllers, and the demo servo driven gauges.

Now there's more flat real estate for other work.

#### PaulMy

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##### Re: Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2016, 01:57:12 PM »
Everything except baler twine and duct tape...

Paul

#### Garth Bock

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##### Re: Designing and building my own weather station, notes and discussion
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2016, 02:24:03 PM »
Everything except baler twine and duct tape...

Paul

What??? No chewing gum ????

anything