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Sharing Your Weather Data

One of the more popular features of WeatherSnoop 3 is its rich set of data sharing features. Your weather data is not only important to you, but potentially to others as well. Sharing is a great way to give back to the weather community, and makes your information available on the web for easy viewing.

Weather data aggregation services such as Weather Underground, WeatherBug, Weathercloud, Met Office WOW, PWS Weather, and the Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) collect weather information from all over the world for forecasting and research purposes. WeatherSnoop 3 supports uploading to these services.

You can also share your data via FTP to a server of your choice.

To begin, click on the Sharing button on the toolbar at the top of the Agent window. We'll explore each sharing option in detail.

Weather Underground

Weather Underground has a large network of weather stations located everywhere from airports to military bases to homes and offices around the world. Sharing your weather information with this service is easy.

To start, you will need to obtain a Weather Underground station ID. Begin the process by clicking the Sign Up button near the bottom right of the Agent window. This will bring up a web browser that will take you to the sign up page at Weather Underground.

Once you have obtained your station ID and password, check the option to share, then enter them into the fields. After your data has been entered, you can click the Station Page button to view your station's web page on Weather Underground.

The status area at the bottom of the Agent window shows the progress of the upload, as well as maintaining statistics on the number of good uploads, as well as the last date and time that an upload occurred.

WeatherBug

Another large and popular weather data aggregator service is WeatherBug. Like Weather Underground, you can share your weather data with this service, and the sign up process is similar.

Click the Sign Up button near the bottom right of the Agent window and use your web browser to create an account with WeatherBug for your station.

You will receive a station number and publisher ID. Those two pieces of information, along with your password, should be entered into the fields. After your data has been entered, you can click the Station Page button to view your station's web page.

The status area at the bottom of the Agent window shows the progress of the upload, as well as maintaining statistics on the number of good uploads, as well as the last date and time that an upload occurred.

Weathercloud

A new service, Weathercloud features another network for sharing your weather data.

Click the Sign Up button near the bottom right of the Agent window and use your web browser to create an account with Weathercloud for your station.

You will receive an ID and a key which should be entered into the fields. After your data has been entered, you can click the Station Page button to view your station's web page.

The status area at the bottom of the Agent window shows the progress of the upload, as well as the last date and time that an upload occurred.

Met Office WOW

The Met Office Weather Observations Website service is based in the United Kingdom, and accepts weather data from various locations around the world.

Click the Sign Up button near the bottom right of the Agent window and use your web browser to create an account with Met Office WOW for your station.

You will receive a station ID and a password. Those two pieces of information should be entered into the fields. After your data has been entered, you can click the Station Page button to view your station's web page.

The status area at the bottom of the Agent window shows the progress of the upload, as well as maintaining statistics on the number of good uploads, as well as the last date and time that an upload occurred.

PWS Weather

PWS Weather is yet another U.S. based weather data collection service that accepts uploads from personal weather stations.

Click the Sign Up button near the bottom right of the Agent window and use your web browser to create an account with PWS Weather for your station.

You will receive a station ID and a password. Those two pieces of information should be entered into the fields. After your data has been entered, you can click the Station Page button to view your station's web page.

The status area at the bottom of the Agent window shows the progress of the upload, as well as maintaining statistics on the number of good uploads, as well as the last date and time that an upload occurred.

Citizens Weather Observer Program

The Citizens Weather Observer Program (also known as CWOP) is a data aggregation service that is run by volunteers and used by many ham radio enthusiasts.

Click on the Sign Up button and follow the instructions on the web site to obtain a Citizens Weather number. When you have obtained your number, enter it into the field and set the desired upload interval.

FTP

Using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP), WeatherSnoop 3 can “push” your weather data to other systems over the Internet.

You will need to input the credentials (username & password), as well as the server address into the fields. An optional “server path” is a folder on the server that you can specify where data will go. If you leave this field blank, the files will go into the root directory for that account on the server.

WeatherSnoop 3 will push two files at the specified interval: weather.xml and weather.json. Both files will contain the Agent's current weather data as well as the site location information.

Next Steps

Your sharing features, as well as your agent settings should all be setup and ready. It's now time to take a look at Starting the Agent.

sharing_your_weather_data.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/01 11:06 (external edit)