The past few articles have been revolved around home security systems and home monitoring. There were tutorials showing how to make smoke alarms and fire alarm systems to alert you to get to safety. There were also tutorials on how to make security cameras to monitor intruders and other dangers around your home. While this article does not teach you how to protect against things burning or trespassers, it does help you decide what you might do that day. Using Raspberry Pi’s, Arduinos and ESP8266s, we will show some Weather Station DIY’s that you can make and use at home.
Online communities are great places to find good tutorials and inspiration for projects including weather stations. We are going to explore a few of them in more detail.
To make a DIY weather station, the hardware needed are few and cheap. As this Weather Station project shows, a Raspberry Pi, a BMP280 barometric pressure and altitude sensor, a breadboard and some jumper wires are all the hardware required. It is a simple and easy way to detect the weather inside your home. However, this project leaves the hardware exposed, which is not ideal for outside usage.
This Personal Weather Station project made a container to protect its hardware from nature and used an Arduino, ESP8266, and sensors like a DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor and a BMP180 Barometric pressure sensor plus connectors, headers and resistors. This design was made for indoor usage to check the conditions of a specific room in a home.
All these sensors that can detect environmental change are small, cheap and useful for our DIY weather stations. However, if finding each sensor is too time-consuming, try using the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT, an add-on board for Raspberry Pi. It includes the following sensors: gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity. It also has an 8×8 RGB LED matrix and a five-button joystick. The Raspberry Pi Sense HAT is a very useful and affordable addition for all of your projects, costing about $35(USD). Using this with the Raspberry Pi will let you make the simplest weather station, as this designer did with their Make a Mini Weather Station With a Raspberry Pi tutorial. All they needed were the two specified pieces of hardware and some programming to complete their weather station.
You can take it one more step and provide renewable energy for your weather station. This designer made a Solar Powered Arduino Weather Station that consisted of two major parts in order to function, a part that stays outdoors to collect data, and a part that stays indoors to receive that data. First is the transmitter module that stayed outside, collecting weather data using temperature, humidity, rainfall, and barometric pressure sensors. This part would be powered by solar energy and wirelessly send data. The second part was a receiver module that received the data and displayed it indoors. This project is useful for remote areas that don’t get accurate weather data from larger cities.
Monitor it all
As good as the solar design is, you can get rid of the receiver module and just use your computer for monitoring the transmitter module. In fact, all the above projects can be monitored through your computer, tablet, or even your phone. You just need to log onto an IoT platform that can display your data on an easy-to-read dashboard. This is where uBeac comes in to make your projects easy to use. With their powerful IoT platform, uBeac lets you visualize trends from data that your weather stations have collected. It lets you customize your dashboard to whatever your heart desires, even providing a Raw widget that lets you make your own widgets with HTML. uBeac is an IoT service that you can easily get your hands on by singing up with a free account.
Learn more about what uBeac can do for you and check out our platform. Happy connecting!