When Steve Wardell heard about the development of the Raspberry Pi, he decided that it could be the ideal computer to connect to his WS2350 weather station, replacing his Windows PC. One of the challenges he had to overcome was to find an adapter that would enable the weather station, which has a serial port, to connect to the Raspberry Pi’s USB port. He tried a couple that didn’t work before finding one with an FT232RL chip that did.
The Raspberry Pi gathers information from the weather station using Open2300, a package of tools for reading data from the weather station. Steve’s written a Python script that converts this data into a tweet and posts it on Twitter, and is now looking at using the Raspberry Pi to post weather updates on his website.
On Steve’s blog, you can find a couple of articles explaining what he’s done, and how he overcame some of the technical hurdles of integrating all the different systems: