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  • What is Currently the Best Source for Weather Data?

    I would like to find a good way to get weather data into HS3. I had planned to use one of the WU plugins, but that solution is apparently on the way out. Are there other similar sources of community data with a plugin that I could use with HS3? I see ambientweather.net, but I can't tell if it allows for importing data generated by nearby stations.

    I would like to use published data from nearby PWSs, but I will get a PWS of my own if that allows me to access a data source. I would like to have access to other data, since my yard does not really allow for use of a full PWS with anemometer.

  • #2
    I agree and feel for you. IBM has been buying up companies that have previously shared weather data for free. It seems that they are all going to fee based system.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by socalsharky View Post
      I would like to find a good way to get weather data into HS3. I had planned to use one of the WU plugins, but that solution is apparently on the way out. Are there other similar sources of community data with a plugin that I could use with HS3? I see ambientweather.net, but I can't tell if it allows for importing data generated by nearby stations.

      I would like to use published data from nearby PWSs, but I will get a PWS of my own if that allows me to access a data source. I would like to have access to other data, since my yard does not really allow for use of a full PWS with anemometer.
      This is an interesting site for weather: https://openweathermap.org/

      I wouldn't know how to integrate with HS, though.

      Elliott

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Richel View Post

        This is an interesting site for weather: https://openweathermap.org/

        I wouldn't know how to integrate with HS, though.

        Elliott
        That looks good. I'll sign up for the API & see what I can do.

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        • #5
          openweathermap is one of the weather providers integrated into HS by mcsSprinklers.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
            openweathermap is one of the weather providers integrated into HS by mcsSprinklers.
            How exactly is it integrated? Can you extract the weather data separately and use it to trigger events? Do you have to own the mcs device (if there is one)?

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            • #7
              The sensors used for irrigation are placed in HS devices. These include temperature, humidity, rainfall, windspeed, solar radiation, Ultraviolet Index, 5 day rainfall forecast and current conditions icon. There is other info from the weather provider that is not exposed. There is no mcs device. They can be used to trigger events.

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              • #8
                Here using Openweather shell extension for all of my Linux laptops. Works well. You just need to get an API which is free.

                For WeatherXML using NOAA and weather station stuff.

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                • #9
                  Hi, I'm too looking for openweathermap integration with HS. The mcsSprinklers plugin is $49 and is very costly to pool in weather data.

                  Any help on how to integrate thos Openweather shell extension with HS would be great. - thanks.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Richel View Post

                    This is an interesting site for weather: https://openweathermap.org/

                    I wouldn't know how to integrate with HS, though.

                    Elliott
                    See https://forums.homeseer.com/forum/li...ed#post1252702

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                    John

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                    • #11
                      All I really want is to know when it's rained so I can block the watering. Guess the quickest way and cheapest way is to just order a rain sensor and feed it into the RPi that's running them then I can pickup the data with RaspberryIO.
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                      • #12
                        Depending on where you are and what kind of data you want, the DarkSky API - https://darksky.net/dev/docs can be useful and is free for 1000 requests per day.

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                        • #13
                          Several years ago Hydreon made available an optical rain sensor. Buy one and send a picture of how it was used and then a second one free. They have gone up in price now at $59. http://rainsensors.com/ I interface mine with a Sonoff Basic configured with the GPIO input as a counter. I have it setup to count up for daily totals and reset at midnight.

                          If you want even simpler rain/norain sensors then the sponge-like devices that are used for irrigation are quite cheap. Just need a discrete input to used these.

                          I have found that openweathermap does not provide rainfall, but it does provide forecast on 1 hour or 3 hour intervals.

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                          • #14
                            I am new to RSS feeds and am trying to get weather on my HStouch working. I would appreciate any help. I am getting an "At 0, Data at the root level is invalid. Line 1, position 1" error when I try to Get Data on an RSS feed. I can get weather when I put the RSS feed into a web browser. I have tried both Weatherstack and Open Weather which work in a web browser with their API's. I have tried adding both API's to setup in Homeseer. Below are a couple of screenshots.

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                            • #15
                              I figured it out. I just needed the API key and left everything else as originally setup.

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