Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rasp Pi crash causes outage

Well, I had a Raspberry Pi crash on me earlier today. It happened to be the one serving as a data bridge for my new weather station. This $35 computer's single purpose is to take data from the station and upload it to the Internet. Unfortunately, the boot partition on the system's SD card suddenly corrupted on me. It took a little work, but I was able to install a new OS and we are back in business!

I am now, once again, uploading data to several weather sites including: Weather Underground (KTXHENDE9), WeatherCloud (cool new site), WeatherBug and the Citizens' Weather Program (via Amateur Radio). There is also this cool display.

The whole process has been a fun experience, especially learning the ins and outs of weewx, the program that handles the weather data. It's a native Linux program and runs very well, even on a relatively old RasPi B+.

For those interested, you can view the raw APRS packets sent here as well as a nice table of weather data here.