Weather Station Tutorial Part 1: Measuring Air Temperature and Humidity in Arduino with Sensor HDC100x

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Developing a low cost weather station is an interesting topic. In fact, cost of an assembled weather station is quite expensive, which can be up to €5000. Thanks for the development of an open – source electronic prototype platform Arduino, the sensor system gets into a new generation! A small-scale prototype including six sensors can be created with just only around €200 more or less. Furthermore, the creation of radio module Xbee allows the data transfer through Bluetooth channel, which makes the process of data collecting became easier and more convenient. 

 

The weather station tutorial

In the global tutorial we will explain how to set up a whole weather station system, which separated into multi parts:

Part 1: Working with Air Temperature and Humidity sensor.

Part 2: Working with Air Pressure sensor.

Part 3: Working with Solar radiation / Luminosity sensor.

Part 4: Working with Wind speed / Aenometer sensor.

Part 5: Working with Thermocouples sensor. 

Part 6: Working with Soil humidity sensor.

Part 7: Communication between Arduino and RaspPi through Xbee.

 

Part 1: Working with Air Temperature and Humidity sensor

The sensor implemented to record ambient temperature and humidity in this tutorial is HDC100x from Watterot. It is a four – pin digital sensor. One of the important criteria of this sensor is its sensitivity with direct sun light exposure and rain. Therefore, the material preventing the entering of sun light and positioning of the weather station should be considered. A plastic box was implemented to store this sensor and to avoid the effect of solar radiation, a brown thick paper was applied to cover the top of the weather station box. According EPA (1987), the standard measurement height for temperature and relative humidity sensors is at least 2.0 meters above the ground surface. 

 

Components


Hardware

1x Breadboard

1x Arduino Uno

4x Jumper Wires

1x HC100x sensor


Software

Arduino IDE. 

Link: https://www.arduino.cc/en/main/software  

Arduino library for HDC100x sensor. 

Link: https://github.com/RFgermany/HDC100X_Arduino_Library 

 

Procedure

Hardware hookup

HDC100x is a four-pin sensor, which has the most four important pins needed to be connect:

GND: ground pin, needed to be connect with GND pin on Arduino Uno.

VCC: power pin, needed to be connect with 3.3V pin on Arduino Uno to supply the power for the sensor. 

SCL: needed to be connect with A5 on Arduino Uno.

SDA: needed to be connect with A4 on Arduino Uno

 Fig 1. Wiring diagram of HDC100x sensor to Arduino

Fig 1. Wiring diagram of HDC100x sensor to Arduino

 

 

 Fig 2. Real work application

Fig 2. Real work application

 Fig 3. HDC100x sensor

Fig 3. HDC100x sensor

 

Coding

  • Connect Arduino to USB port of PC. 
  • Uncompressed  HDC100x library and copy to arduinoidefolders/library
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  • Launch Arduino IDE
  • Open File/Examples/HDC100X/test
  • Select Port Arduino: Tools/ Port/ COMx (x: a number)
  • Upload the sketch to the Arduino Uno board by clicking this button
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  • Open Serial Monitor to check the return values: Tools/ Serial Monitor

 

Results

What we should see. 

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Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.

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