About My Weather Station

Davis Vantage Vue Console

I have had a Weather Station for the past 20 years. First at our home in Canoga Park, CA, then at our home in Granby Ranch, CO., and now at our home in Newbury Park, CA. My first weather station was an Origon Scientific which I puchased in the early 1990's. When we moved to Granby Ranch, in the high mountains, I bought a Davis Instruments Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station. I changed my station from the Origon Scientific to Davis because we lived at 8,400 feet above sea level and the Origon was not rated for such high altitude.

The Vantage Vue has provided very satisfoatory results. I looked around for weather station software to run on my Linux computers and found Weewx. The software is written in Python and the website has very good documentation and support. As with most thing Linux the weather station software is free and open source.

I installed the Davis equipment on my back patio Colorado. The system is very easy to setup and I had it up and running within a couple of hours. The weewx software was very easy to install and configure and I had it all working the same day I received the Davis equipment.

I originally had the software running on my home computer, at the time a Dell 530, which I bought because Dell was offering systems with Linux installed (unfortunatly Dell stopped offering Linux and I stopped buying Dell). After 10 years the Dell died and I wasn't able to fix it. I bought an HP Envy, which was a nice upgrade. I didn't want to use this new system as a server because I wanted to be able to turn it on and off and experment with different operationg systems etc.

In May of 2015 we moved back to Souther California and in June we rented a house in Newbury Park near Thousand Oaks. I put the Vantage Vue on a 15 foot pole in the pack yard.

Raspberry PI
I bought a Raspberry PI which is a small low power fanless system. It sells for around $40 and uses very little electricity. The PI has an ARM cpu but runs a version of Linux and is easy to setup. The PI makes a very nice low end server and because of the very low power consumption it is an excelent choice for a 7/24/365 server.

I set the PI OS up with weewx, postfix (email) and the apache (web server). I also added a 500 Gigabyte USB external hard drive and use the PI as my backup server as well.

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New Battery: January 15, 2017, Last: August 22, 2016.