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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Raspberry Pi Weather Station

On 19 June, the USB temperature sensor I ordered from Amazon arrived. This sensor is now hooked up to my Raspberry Pi, which is taking the temperature every 10 minutes, drawing graphs, then uploading them here. Here is a brief outline of how I set this up (I'm writing this nearly two weeks after I did it so if you can't follow any of the steps let me know and I'll try to work out what I've missed out):

Reading the Temperature

I found this code and adapted it to write the date, time and temperature to a text file. I then set cron to run this every 10 minutes. It writes the data to a text file (/var/www/temperature2) in this format:

Plotting the Graphs

I found a guide somewhere on the internet about how to draw graphs with Python using Pylab/Matplotlib. If you have any idea where this could be, comment below and I'll put a link here.

In the end my code looked like this:

If there's anything in there you don't understand, comment below and I'll try to fill in the gaps.

Uploading the Graphs to

Finally, I wrote a php script to upload the graphs to

I hope this was vaguely interesting/useful. I'll try to add more details and updates over time. If you are building something similar, please let me know in the comments; I'd love to see what everyone else is up to.

1 comment:

  1. I wanna try this myself. I think I can handle it but I'm lost when it comes to PHP
    Nice work!