Vantage Pro2 Plus and Websites

By: cromei , 11:15 PM GMT on July 02, 2014

I'm new to this website and I don't know where to go to ask questions so I figured I would try through a blog entry and hope someone sees this.

I have a dear friend who is a student of meteorology. He is currently in an internship right now and I bought a Vantage Pro2 Plus as a surprise. I plan to build him a website to integrate it with this weather station.

Now...I know nothing about weather stations but I hope someone here can help me with a few things

1) How do I make it connect to my wireless modem and to auto updates onto a website
2) what type of software do I need to buy to make it put updates on a website (using a Macbook not a regular PC)
3) Is there anything else I need other than the above 2 points. I did buy the stand or tripod looking thing as well
4) are there any recommendations of website building companies out there (like that integrate nicely with this particular weather station. I plan to integrate his twitter account and Facebook and youtube etc....

When I give him this I want to make sure I have everything included so its ready for him to set it up and go with it.

I realize Im a weather noobie but I really want to help further my friends career and help him get started. Any advice anyone here can give would be truly appreciated!!!

Warm Wishes-

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2. Skyepony (Mod)
12:41 PM GMT on July 04, 2014
You're a great friend:)

I've got to concur with brianwc. WU has a PWSmet blog where you might find some answers too..

I use a weatherplug instead of a computer to upload my data. meteobridge is similiar. People are using rasberrypi for this too.

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1. brianwc
12:55 AM GMT on July 03, 2014

WU has user forums where you can find help with this. Also has a lot of helpful people, including a section dedicated to running Wx stations from Macs, with info on the software to use. Using a laptop is not a good idea, in that for a weather station to update, the computer needs to be always on and physically connected to the wx station's console in some manner. There are dedicated hardware devices that can reside on someone's home network that could transit the near real time data to a site like WU. That, btw, would be my suggestion over running a unique, standalone site for the station. You need to be very dedicated to the hobby of web development to build and maintain a decent ex station site. Instead WU's done a better job, and many others can benefit from your shared data. It's free to upload to WU, in fact they give you a free account as a thank you for sharing your data.

Good luck.
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