Weather station setup
Photo by Kevin Moloney, New York Times
This is documented here, so that others may learn from my mistakes. I use wview software running on a Raspberry Pi (RPi). My setup is not the cheapest, but over multiple iterations I have tuned the components to reach the current setup. The total materials in my setup (not including temporary parts and mounting which will vary, will run ~$550 (today).
These are the components of my weather station setup at home, and how to put these components together to build a weather station that uploads data to CWOP, WeatherForYou and Weather Underground, among other places:
- Raspberry Pi – $35 – Newark
- Power supply for Raspberry Pi – $2.45 – eBay
- Case for Raspberry Pi – $5.99 – eBay
- 8GB SDHC Class 10 Transcend flash – $8.63 – Amazon
- Davis Wireless Vantage Pro 2 – $387.63 – Provantage
- Davis Weatherlink for Vantage Pro USB – $114.95 – Provantage [IMHO a ripoff]
- Instructions – google “wview raspberry pi” should get you to a well-written raspberry pi wview setup doc.
You’ll also need a pole, mounting hardware or tripod depending on where you want to mount the weather station.
You’ll need an HDMI-equipped monitor or TV to setup the RPi, as well as a USB keyboard with extra USB mouse port (chained) as the RPi only has two USBs. The RPi will need to be hooked up via Ethernet to the internet unless you want to buy one of the wireless adapters too. You’ll need to get an ID from CWOP if you want to publish your data to NOAA, as well as one from WeatherForYou and Weather Underground if you want to publish there too. After you’ve mounted the weather station and sent some data, you’ll need to submit photos of the installation to CWOP.
Forgot charger/power supply for Raspberry Pi.