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Well, in the short couple of weeks left before I depart the lockdowned shores of the UK, I have decided to build a weather station.

The expensive bit has been dealt with today, ie buying all the bits I need as follows:

Davis Vantage Pro 2 Sensor suite and Weatherlink Live (decided to go without a console, I can always add one later on, and the Weatherlink gives me the option for a phone app showing live data).

Raspberry Pi 4B (plus case and power supply).

Planning to run software called CumulusMX, which will take care of uploading all data to the various weather sites such as Weather Underground, Met Office WOW and various others.

I shall continue once it all arrives :biggrin:

Phil

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Yeah, 3/2 ratio so leave never matches on time :confused:

Also, I have pushed to go back while I (hopefully) still have a couple of weeks left, really don't see the point remaining on land in the middle of a lockdown! And with all new variants etc, better to escape now, and fingers crossed the situation has improved in 3/4 months time! After all, my unused time stays in the bank, so to speak, so not really losing anything.

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Well, now that UPS have finally disgorged the weather station, today was spent setting it up.IMG_20210115_104415.thumb.jpg.89f0c9ab5ca806ce390927aecb84c455.jpg

The sensor suite is certainly larger than anticipated! The (ex) wine bottle gives a reference for size (ex as it now contains sloe gin!!).

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And a wind speed thingymabob.

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And also a Weatherlink Live unit. This is what takes the sensor data and transmits it online. I have a phone app that also takes live readings from this.

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The internal gubbins

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Now I had to find a suitable location. It had to be within a couple hundred metres of the house, and in an open location. Now the latter is hard for me, as the house is in a hollow, with woodland around so this was the best I could come up with.

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Tools assembled and posts whacked in:

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Ably assisted until an egg distracted:

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Install of sensors:

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And all in place:

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Linking up the Weatherlink Live was simple, and now I have live data!

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I have started setting up the Raspberry Pi and Cumulus MX software, this will take care of logging data etc (Weatherlink only provide this if you pay a yearly subscription, and I am cheapskate who reckons a one of purchase of a Pi was better value!!). Still fighting to get this to communicate with the system, so I shall update that another time. Cumulus will also take care of uploading the data to the various weather sites, if I have spent this money on a semi-pro system it might as well benefit others!

Cheers,

Phil

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Hello   

         I hate to burst you bubble but at that Hight the wind speed sensor is a waste of time!

The station which is good kit will be ok for temperature and rain fall but wind will be rubbish! (sorry)

My weather Stations(I have had a few were mounted at least 40 feet up on the wind turbine tower and still a bit low?

Roger

ps this was mine before it broke          

 

                                

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Hello 

         Why not get a tv type arial pole and mount it on the house as long as the wind sensor is above the roof and on the gable end?

not the best place as the roof will effect it but gable end would help!

Roger

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Hello All

              I think I might get a new one (Boys and Toys!)

One a bit cheaper though! (Sold a few triumph parts lately!)

Plus its only money and the way the world is going might not have time to spend it all?

Yesterday was my 15th aniversery of getting off the tread mill (best thing I ever did)

Roger

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This is all starting to sound a bit like weather station envy :biggrin:

1 hour ago, rogerguzzi said:

Plus its only money and the way the world is going might not have time to spend it all?

Yesterday was my 15th aniversery of getting off the tread mill (best thing I ever did)

Only two years now but agree wholeheartedly if you have the chance - and it's your thing I guess!

36 minutes ago, Hamish said:

but running is bad for your knees.

And that :lol:

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13 hours ago, rogerguzzi said:

Hello   

         I hate to burst you bubble but at that Hight the wind speed sensor is a waste of time!

The station which is good kit will be ok for temperature and rain fall but wind will be rubbish! (sorry)

My weather Stations(I have had a few were mounted at least 40 feet up on the wind turbine tower and still a bit low?

Roger

ps this was mine before it broke          

 

                                

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3 hours ago, rogerguzzi said:

Hello 

         Why not get a tv type arial pole and mount it on the house as long as the wind sensor is above the roof and on the gable end?

not the best place as the roof will effect it but gable end would help!

Roger

Agreed Roger, I believe the correct mounting height for a meteorological station should be 10metres up (according to the Davis instructions anyway) however I don't a pole that long!! I will see about revisiting that sometime, but that requires a bit more thought and planning.

Mounting on the house is definite no-no for me, it is listed building and I had to get permission to fit a ruddy sky dish!! And I am not blessed with a turbine tower :laugh:

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15 hours ago, thebrookster said:

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Blimey, Phil - that's a lovely position you have.  Only a slight contrast to the view from my living room this morning:

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Back on the weather front, we're not exactly positioned to erect a weather station, but the lad and I are in the process of setting up a responder for blitzortung.org (I always want to put an exclamation mark in there, for some reason...)  The real-time progress of passing storms is always entertaining to watch.

Paul

 

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