May 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm #506804
Just showed DH your invention, he is very impressed.May 30, 2015 at 3:57 am #506805
Thanks Ballamara. I’m not sure how much difference it will make yet but I’m hopeful. At the moment the sun is low in the sky so the bottom couple of skirts on the sensor unit still gets sun on them. In the summer they should be totally shaded as the sun will be more overhead.
One other issue I had was connecting the rain gauge back up. On my station it plugs into the bottom of the solar panel unit and with the saucers there, there isn’t much room to plug the cable in. There is definitely no room for fingers so I had to lever the plug in with the help of a long screwdriver.June 1, 2015 at 3:53 am #506806GeoffKeymaster
Hi Steve, I love the weather station modifications! I’ve got a similar looking station, but it doesn’t transfer to a database. Is yours just a slightly different model that does, or have you created a way to get the data to your computer?June 1, 2015 at 7:41 am #506807
Geoff, I have my console connected to a Raspberry Pi via USB and then use weewx software to store the data into a sqlite3 database and publish it to the web. As long as your console has a USB port you can easily do it.Weewx is highly customisable if you are comfortable reading and tweaking code. The web pages are simple HTML and CSS with weewx using Python.If you haven’t already realised and want a look, my weather page is at http://stevoz.com/weather/June 2, 2015 at 12:36 am #506808GeoffKeymaster
No USB on mine sadly. I’ve seen a couple of articles describing ways of getting the data out, but it might be cheaper and easier to upgrade. I do like your weather page, very comprehensive!June 2, 2015 at 2:19 am #506809
Mine has a usb connection that came with it. Thank goodness I just plug it into the unit and my computer and it transfers the data.June 2, 2015 at 5:09 am #506810
That’s no good Geoff. Thanks for the comment on the web page.
Ballamara, I started out with the software that came with the station but it was Windows only and I didn’t want to have a laptop running 24/7 just to update the web page. I then discovered the Raspberry Pi which is a tiny computer running on Linux. I run it headless (no monitor or keyboard) and it only draws a tiny amount of power. It is great for this type of application. It has been running 24/7 for eighteen months now with no problems.June 2, 2015 at 5:44 am #506811
Thar sounds good, as I only down load mine every so often. Being only on solar there is no way I could run my computer 24/7. The trouble with my way is the amount of data down loaded boggles my mind.June 2, 2015 at 5:48 am #506812
Just googled “Raspberry Pi” oh boy I think that is way beyond my comprehension.It would be like putting a tiger moth pilot in charge of a airbus.June 25, 2015 at 2:53 am #506813busylizzieParticipant
Ahhh Dr Stevil, :-hJune 25, 2015 at 6:07 am #506814
Hi there busylizzie! >:)January 4, 2016 at 3:39 am #506815
2015 proved to be a much wetter year here in Boonah than 2014. The total 2015 rainfall measured in my rainguage was 928.8mm compared to 582.3mm in 2014.
This chart shows the monthly rainfall figures at my place for 2014 and 2015 with the 100 year average for Boonah shown in black.
The next chart is easier to read. It shows the progressive totals for 2014 and 2015 compared to the Boonah average. As you can see, 2014 was much drier than the average with 2015 being wetter than the average.January 4, 2016 at 5:01 am #506816calliecatParticipant
I write my totals down in the calender, last year I had two and I can’t find one of them, so have no idea what my yearly total wasJanuary 4, 2016 at 6:06 am #506817
I have one of those new fandangle gadgets that records it electronically but I still use the old rain gauge just to make sure the other isn’t telling porkys.January 4, 2016 at 9:56 am #506818Judi BKeymaster
we need to get a new rain gauge the hail knoced a piece off it.
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