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ExtremeTech #39: Weather Toys: Building and Hacking Your Own 1-Wire Weather Station

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Publisher Comments:

Do more than TALK about the weather

Maybe you can't change it, but you can measure it. And onceyou build your weather station, the sky's the limit. You can shareupdates on your own weather Web site. Create a smart sprinklerfor a lot less than thatfancy system on TV. Freeup your PC with a stand-alone weather station.Protect against lightning strikes with a surgesuppressor. Take yourweather station with you. Finding out which waythe wind is blowing canbe a lot of fun.

The Toys

  • 1-Wire weather station
  • Sensors for humidity, wind, rainfall, barometric pressure, lightning, and temperature
  • Weather Web server
  • Lightning surge suppressor
  • LED weather display
  • Smart sprinkler timer
  • Appliance controller
  • Smart home thermostat
  • Stand-alone weather station

Complete instructions and code for these andother hardware and software projects—build them all or pick and choose!

Companion Web site

At www.weathertoys.net you'll find a complete weather station software package, source code, and specialized software tools to support these projects, plus lots of additional resources.

Synopsis:

At www.weathertoys.net you'll find a complete weather station software package, source code, and specialized software tools to support these projects, plus lots of additional resources.

Synopsis:

Do more than TALK about the weather

Maybe you can't change it, but you can measure it. And onceyou build your weather station, the sky's the limit. You can shareupdates on your own weather Web site. Create a smart sprinklerfor a lot less than thatfancy system on TV. Freeup your PC with a stand-alone weather station.Protect against lightning strikes with a surgesuppressor. Take yourweather station with you. Finding out which waythe wind is blowing canbe a lot of fun.

The Toys

* 1-Wire weather station

* Sensors for humidity, wind, rainfall, barometric pressure, lightning, and temperature

* Weather Web server

* Lightning surge suppressor

* LED weather display

* Smart sprinkler timer

* Appliance controller

* Smart home thermostat

* Stand-alone weather station

Complete instructions and code for these andother hardware and software projects--build them all or pick and choose!

Companion Web site

At www.weathertoys.net you'll find a complete weather station software package, source code, and specialized software tools to support these projects, plus lots of additional resources.

Synopsis:

  • Readers no longer need to weather the storm! This ExtremeTech book presents a variety of cutting-edge projects that the " weather watcher" community can build quickly and easily, all of which go way beyond tying a key to a kite
  • The projects are blowin’ in the wind– readers should prepare to work with wiring, electronic parts, and PCs in order to build their own sensors, add solar power, establish wireless Internet capability, automate a thermostat based on weather data, and more
  • Rain, rain, don’ t go away! Readers will learn to build their own weather station, create a lightning detector, automate a sprinkler system according to rainfall data, build instruments to measure humidity, rainfall, and temperature, and more
  • The book includes a custom weather software package with complete source code on the companion Web site– all ready for hacking!
  • About the Author

    Tim Bitson as been building weather measurement equipment for 30 years, and has been active in the 1-Wire weather community since it started in the late 1990s. He has designed two of the commonly used 1-Wire weather sensors, the “Bitson” barometer and the 1-Wire lightning detector. He has developed weather station code for Basic Stamp, PalmOS, and Tiny InterNet Interface (TINI), just to name a few.

    During the day, Tim works as a “rocket scientist” at a major aerospace firm in southern Arizona, which he has been doing for more than 25 years. His specialty is integrating new designs and getting them to work for the first time.

    During the evenings and weekends, he enjoys working with electronics, writing software, building neon art, and riding ATVs in the desert. Tim lives with his wife Pam, two sons Kyle and Andrew, one dog, and two cats (at last count).

    Tim holds a B.S. degree in Information Technology, and has been programming since the late 1970s.

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments.

    Introduction.

    Part I: The World of Weather.

    Chapter 1: Measuring the Weather.

    Chapter 2: What Kind of Weather Station Can I Build?

    Chapter 3: 1-Wire Exposed.

    Part II: Build a Weather Station.

    Chapter 4: Building the Software Framework.

    Chapter 5: Check the Temperature.

    Chapter 6: Measure the Wind.

    Chapter 7: What’s the Humidity?

    Chapter 8: Getting the Pressure.

    Chapter 9: Count the Rain.

    Chapter 10: Is There Lightning?

    Chapter 11: Installing the Weather Station.

    Part III: Expanding Your Weather Station.

    Chapter 12: Add a Weather Web Server.

    Chapter 13: Post Your Data to the Weather Underground.

    Chapter 14: Add a Lightning Surge Suppressor.

    Chapter 15: Add an LED Weather Display.

    Chapter 16: Turn Appliances On or Off Based on Weather.

    Chapter 17: Build a Moisture Sensor.

    Chapter 18: Build a Smart Sprinkler Timer or Home Thermostat.

    Chapter 19: Add a User Interface to SimpleWeather.

    Chapter 20: Eliminate Your PC with TINI.

    Chapter 21: Carry Your Weather Station with You.

    Chapter 22: Wrap Up.

    Appendix A: Additional Resources.

    Appendix B: Installing and Using the ExtremeTech Weather Server.

    Index.

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780470040461
    Subtitle:
    Building and Hacking Your Own 1-Wire Weather Station
    Publisher:
    Wiley
    Author:
    Bitson, Tim
    Subject:
    Networking - General
    Subject:
    Weather
    Subject:
    Design and construction
    Subject:
    Meteorological instruments
    Subject:
    Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
    Subject:
    weather station
    Subject:
    Science projects
    Subject:
    Programming - Software Development
    Subject:
    Meteorology, weather station, science projects,
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    WebSite Associated w/Book
    Series:
    ExtremeTech
    Series Volume:
    39
    Publication Date:
    20061016
    Binding:
    Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    Y
    Pages:
    504
    Dimensions:
    9.22x7.36x1.14 in. 1.58 lbs.

    Related Subjects

    Business » Investing
    Computers and Internet » Networking » General
    Science and Mathematics » Electricity » General Electronics
    Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
    Science and Mathematics » Physics » Meteorology

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    "Synopsis" by , At www.weathertoys.net you'll find a complete weather station software package, source code, and specialized software tools to support these projects, plus lots of additional resources.
    "Synopsis" by , Do more than TALK about the weather

    Maybe you can't change it, but you can measure it. And onceyou build your weather station, the sky's the limit. You can shareupdates on your own weather Web site. Create a smart sprinklerfor a lot less than thatfancy system on TV. Freeup your PC with a stand-alone weather station.Protect against lightning strikes with a surgesuppressor. Take yourweather station with you. Finding out which waythe wind is blowing canbe a lot of fun.

    The Toys

    * 1-Wire weather station

    * Sensors for humidity, wind, rainfall, barometric pressure, lightning, and temperature

    * Weather Web server

    * Lightning surge suppressor

    * LED weather display

    * Smart sprinkler timer

    * Appliance controller

    * Smart home thermostat

    * Stand-alone weather station

    Complete instructions and code for these andother hardware and software projects--build them all or pick and choose!

    Companion Web site

    At www.weathertoys.net you'll find a complete weather station software package, source code, and specialized software tools to support these projects, plus lots of additional resources.

    "Synopsis" by ,
  • Readers no longer need to weather the storm! This ExtremeTech book presents a variety of cutting-edge projects that the " weather watcher" community can build quickly and easily, all of which go way beyond tying a key to a kite
  • The projects are blowin’ in the wind– readers should prepare to work with wiring, electronic parts, and PCs in order to build their own sensors, add solar power, establish wireless Internet capability, automate a thermostat based on weather data, and more
  • Rain, rain, don’ t go away! Readers will learn to build their own weather station, create a lightning detector, automate a sprinkler system according to rainfall data, build instruments to measure humidity, rainfall, and temperature, and more
  • The book includes a custom weather software package with complete source code on the companion Web site– all ready for hacking!
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