I plan to build a Weather Station that will allow me to see what the weather is doing at home, and build up an archive of weather data over several years.
My plan was to use a radio or wifi enabled Arduino or Picaxe to control the sensors and relay the data back to the house for display on a small LCD screen and also store them on SD card. The SD card would allow transfer of the data to PC.
I have some cheep 'n cheerful wind speed, direction and rainfall detectors, which will do for now but could be upgraded one day. I would also want to add temp, humidity, barometric pressure, light level, perhaps even one of those lightening storm detectors.
While searching for radio/wifi devices, I stumbled across Spark Core and it seemed to be a great way to get this data onto the internet so I could monitor the weather on my android phone or PC while at home or away. I would like to power the sensors and circuit with solar panel and SLA battery.
While waiting for my Spark Core to arrive I will be experimenting with the sensors on breadboard using my Arduino Nano 3, writing some code to turn the sensor signals into usable data.
In terms of experience: I used to be a professional programmer, and I am building up a reasonable level of electronics experience. I have designed and built small circuits to control lights in our Chicken house, monitor soil moisture and control watering in the greenhouse, plus other more “bling” projects like a 4x4x4 led cube and Conway’s Game of Life on Arduino displayed on a 128x64 graphic LCD. I have no experience of web-based APIs, but I can write simple HTML.
Any thoughts or suggestions welcome.