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Update on 16th July 2023 #
That means we have to update the extension to a fork that is recently updated.
There are two Follow-up posts to this article that show the migration to an OpenBSD server as well as the replacement of the netatmo weewx-extension.
I recommend reading the last one to get a working setup. If you want to have a nice status message on APRS I also recommend reading the first one too, because it includes a little script to accomplish that with python.
Also note, that most commands (if not all) here have to be run as the root user.
First of all, install
epel-release so you can install
# yum install epel-release # yum install python3-cheetah
Continue with adding the repository of WeeWX to your system and install WeeWX.
# rpm --import https://weewx.com/keys.html # curl -s https://weewx.com/yum/weewx-el8.repo | tee /etc/yum.repos.d/weewx.repo
# dnf install weewx
Look out for
/var/log/messages in order to see if WeeWX is already running
(Abort with Ctrl+C).
# tail -f /var/log/messages
Configuration of WeeWX #
Stop WeeWX and remove the database for now.
# /etc/init.d/weewx stop # rm /var/lib/weewx/weewx.sdb
Installation of netatmo driver #
There are more extensions for Netatmo out there, the original extension is the
one from matthewwall – but this
won’t work with WeeWX 4.x and up.
So I had to find another one, which I did. It’s from bricebou, who made a fork of the original to be compatible with Python 3 (I think that is required now by WeeWX 4.x).
# wget -O weewx-netatmo.zip https://github.com/bricebou/weewx-netatmo/archive/master.zip # wee_extension --install weewx-netatmo.zip # wee_config --reconfigure
Have a look at the file
/etc/weewx/weewx.conf because it sometimes happens,
that the configuration is not properly written.
Starting WeeWX again #
You can also use
systemctl start weewx instead.
# /etc/init.d/weewx start
The setup is done, although if you like your pages with another locale you may
want to alter the file
# file: "/usr/share/weewx/user/extensions.py" # # Copyright (c) 2009-2015 Tom Keffer <firstname.lastname@example.org> # # See the file LICENSE.txt for your full rights. # """User extensions module This module is imported from the main executable, so anything put here will be executed before anything else happens. This makes it a good place to put user extensions. """ import locale # This will use the locale specified by the environment variable 'LANG' # Other options are possible. See: # http://docs.python.org/2/library/locale.html#locale.setlocale locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, 'de_AT.UTF-8')
Pushing weather data to APRS-IS #
Make sure you get a similar entry in your
# file: "/etc/weewx/weewx.conf" ... [StdRESTful] [[CWOP]] enable = true station = "n0call-13" passcode = "your_aprs-fi_passcode" post_interval = 300 ...
Now, you could also join CWOP over here: http://www.findu.com/citizenweather/signup.html. I don’t remember correctly, but I don’t think you’ll need that to just transport your weather data into https://apsr.fi/.
Going further #
You may also want to inspect the installed skins (templates) which reside in
/etc/weewx/skins – adopt them to your needs and enable some more reports in
[[SeasonsReport]]. Adopt everything and make sure to read
throughout the documentation – that
helped me a lot.
When I got my virtual server to host WeeWX I also ended up installing nginx on it and I finally configured it to present the weather pages (SeasonsReports) from WeeWX.
The link is also on the bottom of every page aswell and the website looks something like this:
Update on December 25, 2022 #
My station runs for a while now and I wasn’t sure if I continue using Netatmo for my weather station, but since the stations works quite well I bought a rain and wind sensor the recent days. The first test run went good and it was easy to implement the new devices.
But there are a few notes to remember. As there are more than one point, I’ll put them down into separate headings.
Change the comment visible on the aprs.fi website #
If you want to change the comment that is visible on
aprs.fi you have to change
the source of a python file within the WeeWX package. As I upgraded WeeWX when
I installed the new devices that file got overwritten and it took me (again) a
few moments to find the right place again. Now, for the future: the file I
talk about is
/usr/share/weewx/weewx/restx.py and you may look somewhere near
the line 1285. I show you an excerpt of my current (already modified) file:
Line 5 and 6 (highlighted) shows the old and new line. Should work fine.
Install a new (and more modern) theme #
That actually looks like a modern website. Although, I had to re-create some entries for the sensor-images. As this sucks pain, I’ll leave it with only having 1-day images. They are quite useless, but I may find another day. Or not, we will see…
But back to business 😁
The installation is very easy:
# wee_extension --install=neowx-material.zip
# systemctl restart weewx
I usually don’t give this hint: note the
# at the beginning of these command
lines. That means to run those commands as root.
Read the docs and you should be good to go.
I did already had the
python3-ephem package installed, I used the Almanac pages
already in the older (default) Seasons skin.
# dnf install python3-ephem
The new theme looks like this:
Some other thoughs #
I never got the correct information working on the CWOP information page but I’ve seen this page showing the correct information now. Also the map is now filled with weather stations around my area (this has always been a place in the US that I wasn’t able to change).