Category Archives: meteo

RFc package: FetchClimate Client for R

Today my RFc package was accepted and published on CRAN.

With this package you can right now fetch the following environmental parameters

  • absolute air humidity
  • air temperature
  • elevation
  • diurnal temperature rate
  • frost days frequency
  • wed days frequency
  • potential evapotranspiration
  • precipitation rate
  • relative humidity
  • soil moisture
  • sunshine fraction
  • water vapour pressure
  • wind speed

The parameters above can be fetched for the point set of for the geo grid specified.

The original service providing data is collaborative project of Microsoft Research Cambridge and Information Technologies in Science lab where I currently work.

Toradex Oak sensors on FreeBSD

As the world moves toward the Internet of Things there are lots of cheap environmental sensors available at the market.
When it just started several years ago I spotted the Toradex company that sells embedded devices. I caught sight of the sensors series called Toradex Oak sensors. The Toradex supplied Microsoft Robotics Studio libraries for them which was right enough for my student project. So I ordered two.

Now I’m building the monitoring system for a summer house based on Raspberry PI. And these sensors made by Toradex suits well for gathering environmental data.
The official site provides a sample of using the sensors on linux. But I have a FreeBSD.
So I started to think about constructing a simple solution to gather the data on BSD.

The sensors identify themselves as HID devices. After short investigation I found that FreeBSD provides usbhidctl utility to communicate with HID. That looked promising as it did not require linux emulation. With a single command we are able to fetch all the immediate values from the sensor!

Another task was data storage engine. My colleague Eugene suggested me using collectd or statsd to organize storage. Both of them appeared to be able to store the data and to stream the data to remote host for further storage. I decided to use collecd as it is in C so my Rapberry PI box will have minimal package set.

Finally I ended up with the script that is invoked by collectd. The script enumerates HID USB devices, finds Toradex sensors, gets the values from them, applies proper units transformation and returns the data as the string compatible with collectd.

I share it here. So you can download it, modify and extend for your needs.

Open the post to access downloads.

Atmospheric pressure data archive

For those who want to practice some data processing skills and time series model fitting I publish the following archives:

2011 whole year atmospheric pressure archive
2012 whole year atmospheric pressure archive
2013 whole year atmospheric pressure archive

The files are compressed CSV. Each line of the files is one minute average of sensor measurements reporting the values every 5 seconds.

The sensor is located at 55.73080°N 37.42206°E at altitude 221m
I use Toradex OakP v1.2a sensor

The data is raw in a sense that it could contain gaps and slight time shifts.

Feel free to use it. Any acknowledgements are appreciated if you use the data in your research ;-)

Atmospheric pressure in Moscow

My first blog entry is about one of my small prototype web apps.

This is real-time chart of atmospheric pressure measured in my flat.

Several years ago I was interested in atmospheric data analysis. I studied time series models and wanted to build some real predictions using real data.

A year ago I created the page with the chart. The recent week data is  here. I use Toradex OAK Pressure sensor to gather the data.

If you live in Moscow, you may be aware if it is cyclone or anticyclone over us :)