Weather Station

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HIP uses a weather station to provide data as a reference to be used against the energy usage of the campus. This information is useful in many situations including future development of the EC Comprehensive Sustainability Plan and the Energy Wars competitions.

We use a Davis Vantage Pro 2 Plus weather station system, installed spring 2014. It monitors temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and UV radiation (among others) and transports that data to a console and ultimately to our computer. The cabled version was chosen for its stability and reliability. The weather station is on the north end of campus on the roof of Dennis Hall.

To see the most recent readings from the station, go here.

Pictures

Weather Station
WeatherStation.jpg

Console
WeatherConsole.jpg

Words

All of the information generated by the weather station is sent to a console located in the CS batcave on the fourth floor of Dennis Hall. A display on the console shows the live readings from the station and sends data to new-proto, where weewx stores it in a SQLite database. A custom-written PERL script then moves that data from the automatic database to our PostgreSQL database.

tl;dr:

  • weather station -> console -> new-proto:/var/lib/weewx.sdb (via weewx) -> weather (postgreSQL) on new-proto

All via Ethernet cables.

Eventually a webpage/app.

crontab user: weather

Outage 2015-06-03,4 to solder a run of UV-resistant cable into the regular station-to-console cable.

Documents

All documents by Davis Instruments.

main support docs (select Vantage Pro2)

console

hardware configuration using ISS (Integrated Sensor Suite)

specs

WeatherLink (Data Logger, USB version - ignore Windows software descriptions)

Source Links

Cabled Vantage Pro2 Plus with Standard Radiation Shield

index for manufacturer documentation