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Weather data nerding

It’s nice to know Santa takes orders, so this year I ordered a Fine Offset WH1080 weather station plus a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Beginners Kit. It’s my first Pi, and my first venture into weather data, but I’d done plenty of research before hand to know that combining the two pieces of hardware with the weewx open source weather software would be relatively easy.

Raspberry Pi plus the Fine Offset WH1080 Base Station.

The reason I bought this particular model of weather station was primarily that it’s low cost. I picked mine up for $170 at my local Jaycar. My Pi was purchased as a beginner kit which included the Pi, a power adapter, case and MicroSD preloaded with Raspbarian. As the OS came with a GUI and I wanted the Pi to be headless, I ended up installing Raspbarian Jessie Lite.

Fine Offset WH1080 Weather Station in situ.

There’s a few different open-source weather station software about, but I chose weewx because of it’s ability to skin your own reports. The default ones that come with it are plain ugly. Luckily I got a good starting point by finding Sofaskin, a responsive  skin based on Google’s Material Design.

Weewx report with the Sofaskin and slightly modified charts.

Next up is to dig into into the weewx documentation and create a new customized start screen for the report with just the info I want.

 

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