Been a good fortnight for deliveries it seems, my weather station arrived this morning 🙂
The unit is just a cheap station (~$90 eBay) but provides wind speed/direction, rain fall, temp, humidity and air pressure as well as a USB connection to pull data into a PC and should have enough accuracy for what I need.
Got the unit unpacked and put together and begun some testing:
The included software is rather simple but does include an upload function which can be used with Weather Underground for their PWS system or to a custom PHP, JSP, ASP file which I will use to import the data to my mysql system.
This will allow me to graph data from my radiation monitor, my own temp/humidity sensors and weather data.
After testing the unit worked correctly I set about mounting the hardware. The station I’ve mounted to my antenna poll on the roof giving it good height from the surrounding houses, etc and the display has been mounted next to my thermostat allowing easy viewing and a short distance to run the USB cable to my NAS for data collection.
Next step is to write a PHP script to interpret the data from the unit and store it in my database.
I’ve also ordered an Insteon Thermostat which should hopefully arrive in the next couple of days allowing my to control the heating/cooling in the house 🙂