Weather Station Upgrade and Meteobridge

In March, and before then, my old weather station started doing some annoying things. Firstly it would not record rainfall consistently. Secondly the temperature readings were add odds with expectations (+/- 5C!).

It was time for an upgrade. However I wanted a weather station that still allowed me to upload to more than just Weather Underground. My old station had been customised to write to my own website and from there forward on to Wunderground and Met Office WOW.

After much research and a revelation about something called a Meteobridge I settled on the following:

  • Davis Vantage Vue - https://www.davisinstruments.com/solution/vantage-vue/
  • Meteobridge NanoSD - https://www.meteobridge.com/wiki/index.php/Meteobridge_NANO_SD

The first was purchased off Amazon as I had gift vouchers to spend from my 50th Birthday and the second was purchased from weatherspares.co.uk.

The NanoSD plugs into the back of the Vue Console, much the same as the very expensive but very limited Davis WeatherLink adapter does, and then allows you to configure all kinds of different uploads. It also has built in options for triggering regular activities and alarms.

As a result, I now have my weather data being uploaded to many more services than just WU and WOW. I have eight different weather sites being uploaded and I also hourly status tweets of the current weather.

With the old jasonmfarrow.com/weather template being out of support I was very pleased to learn that Brian at Weather34.com had updated the template to use the exact same Meteobridge & Davis setup that I have. This is probably the best weather data display out there. See the latest incarnation here: jmfweather.com

TLDR: A great upgrade with more functionality than I can use. Result!