Category Archives: Technique

Air Quality sensors on the Raspberry Pi

On the 7th of April 2020 I wrote about the Website Generator of CumulusUtils. That appeared to be somewhat bigger than I expected, simply because it was about a full blown website with users interacting. And interaction generates comments. All has now stabilised and CumulusUtils works fine. 

Meanwhile, on the background I had been working on a project to get going with air quality sensors like the PMS1003 ($14,20 at AliExpress) or similar cheap serial devices. In the back of my head always has been the creation of a multi sensor ‘sniffing’-centre to get a complete overview of the local airquality. Something worthwhile: I grew up in the neighbourhood of Rotterdam/Pernis an area known for its bad air and now I live south of Delfzijl, a small harbour in the North  of the Netherlands with relative big industry area. 30 km North from there there are two large coal power plants and smog condition occur several times per year, though not often.

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On the programming of CumulusUtils (2)

Introduction

More than 6 months ago, I wrote a blog  on the how and why of the programming of CumulusUtils. It is time to do that again because in 6 months, over the winter and now deep into the Corona Virus crisis, a lot has happened with CumulusUtils. When I wrote the first blog, it was mainly about the inspiration and development of pwsFWI. And it still is the most important module of the whole program (at least, it is for  me). But while working on pwsFWI and seeing where it was deployed  triggered something. Beside having the pwsFWI, one needs to think about the weather. It is not just a black box, it is about understanding the weather and it’s effect on vegetation and animals (including humans). To understand the weather you need to look at the parameters, the measurements. Continue reading

Predictions of pwsFWI

Introduction

The past months I blogged several times about my Fire Weather Index for personal weather stations on the basis of Cumulus as data acquisition software. So if you’re new here and don’t know what pwsFWI is about, check out the previous blogs on the subject. Currently, pwsFWI is part of a small software package named CumulusUtils. This meteo website/blog is the home of the package which is distributed through the Cumulus support forum. If you have a weather station which can cooperate with Cumulus, don’t hesitate and get it, it’s free.

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On the programming of CumulusUtils

Introduction

Having developed theoretically a Fire Weather Index (see my pwsFWI) and creating a first implementation of it in C for analytical purposes, I needed to take the software a bit further to make it more robust and useful. I had some feedback which made me realize it was urgent to have a good Fire Weather Index (FWI) for Personal Weather Stations (PWSs).

This blog is about the context and the actual programming requirements.

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Another top10 approach

An example for this top10 approach you will find on the weather site.

As a variation to existing top10 lists, I wrote a small program (in C) which reads dayfile.txt from Cumulus once per day just after midnight and for selected measurements it creates a sorted top10-list. From that list it creates a HTML-table and writes that to a text-file. That file can be included by the user on a website wherever he wants simply by a PHP-include (which is the easy way to include I think).

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