The Big Move: Weather Station is GO!

Okay – after a bit of fnarkling, we’re back with Temperature, Humidity as well as that ever useful Wind and Rain data.

Not only are we transmitting in elegant Flash interactivity, we’re also on Twitter – should that be your thing (note, this is currently set to tweet every 15 minutes).

So – there we go, weather data is being captured, next steps (after house wiring) is to get a live weather cam up and running so you too can enjoy our lovely view.

The Big Move: Weather Station BACK!

..well, mostly.

Over the last week I’ve managed to run some power to a nearby cupboard where the La Crosse WS2300 LCD has been sitting and I’ve now got a PC in there gathering the data, and spitting it out to the Weather Page via a very slow WiFi link.

The biggest stinker about this is the external temperature/humidity sensor is not producing data, giving me a flatline of 10.2 degrees C, which I assume can only be a remnant of the last data held when the station was disconnected back in June 2009 in preparation for the house move. So, while there is some data being delivered, it’s not quite 100% – or that interesting due to the lack of the outside temperature.

I’ve raised a ticket with the excellent folk at Scientific Sales where I bought the unit and hopefully, they will be able to suggest a remedy which won’t involve too much expense. Until then, bask in the oh so interesting data of wind direction and speed, as well as the temperature inside the cupboard in which the data logger is stashed.


/sigh

The Big Move: Weather Station DOWN!

I’m on the move… the last few weeks have been a steady extraction of the technology which is running here, and last nights victim was the Weather station

Weather Station Offline
Weather Station Offline

Those of you following my Twitter stream will probably know that I’m on the move from Casa de Rob to a new abode…

So – the last few weeks have been a steady extraction of the technology which is running here, and last nights victim was the Weather station which was showing live weather here. Of course, once we’re all moved into the new house I’ll be reassembling what I can, but there is much negotiation with the Wife before everything can get cabled up… Until then:

It’s winter in Auckland, New Zealand – it’ll either be cold and raining or cold and crisp.

Stay tuned 🙂

Inside a Tornado

Now – while storm chasing may not strictly be the realm of geek, I’d argue that there’s a heck of a lot of technology, knowledge and innovation going on in this space – all in the aim of understanding these powerful events of nature.

For one group of storm chasers, it’s paid off and the guys in the clip below actually managed to get themselves inside a tornado – awesome!

Ahh – where’s Helen Hunt when you need her aye?

Weather Station is go!

My son Max and I have finished installing our weather station on the roof and will hook it up to the interweb as soon as we are able.

We went for a pole mount mainly for the WAF (Wife Approval Factor) and because it also allows us somewhere to hook up the outdoor Meraki WiFi aerial. As discussed in a previous post, I’ve got a La Crosse WS2300 and, while all the bits were in the box and things were relatively simply to setup, I did need to do a bit of a garage mod on the rainfall gauge so it too could sit on the pole (WAF wouldn’t extend to wires going to multiple (but more ideally placed) locations). The wiring was simple and the hardest bit was hunting the shelves in the sporting section of The Warehouse for a compass so we could orientate the Anemometer.

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Getting a Weather Station?

I’ve always (well, not ALWAYS, but for quite awhile) enjoyed Weather information and, around 3 or 4 years ago I started thinking about putting together a weather station at my place, so I could prove to those nay sayers that Auckland weather isn’t really as bad as people may think.

Initially I looked into the 1-Wire weather solution from Texas Instruments, there is a few open source projects like this one which support the equipment and of course, then my life got busy 🙂

So – now I find myself eagerly awaiting a tax refund and planning to finally update the technology in the house, my question is – should I start down the slippery slope of home weather tracking hobbiest or should I spend the money in more disk, CPU, RAM and or graphics performance?

I revisited an online store based here in New Zealand, and I’ve currently got a couple of things sitting in my checkout basket, awaiting some feedback. My intention is to start with a good base of technology and expandability, and build the system out from there as money, time and interest level allows – so initially I’m looking at the following:

So – has anyone else set up a home based weather system? Was it worth it?
If you haven’t set one up – is it something you’d be interested in doing? What’s holding you back?

Weather

Much to the amusement of (some) of my collegues, I enjoy tracking weather conditions and, as sad as it sounds, I plan to get myself a wee weather station which I can stick on my house to monitor conditions there via my home network… This entry is simply to pull in the details which I’m currently gathering from the MetService website and graphing via my Linux server.

Much to the amusement of (some) of my collegues, I enjoy tracking weather conditions and, as sad as it sounds, I plan to get myself a wee weather station which I can stick on my house to monitor conditions there via my home network… This entry is simply to pull in the details which I’m currently gathering from the MetService website and graphing via my Linux server.
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