May 20, 2013 AT 2:00 am

C and PHP Arduino Weather Station

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How I Used C and PHP to Make a Fully-Functional Arduino Weather Station @ Toptal.

What is this all about?

Kitesurfing is one of the most addictive sports in the world. All it requires is a kiteboard, a body of water, and a few accessories. It’s a great way to get in touch with nature, free up your mind, and exercise. Plus, you can really go crazy with it.

So what’s the problem?

Oh, I forgot one essential requirement: wind. And that’s where we have our problem: you never know whether or not there will be wind unless you live right by your favorite kitesurfing spot.
I live in Córdoba, Argentina, approximately 130 kilometers (~80 miles) away from the lake where I kitesurf. That’s roughly a two-hour drive, which I can deal with. But I can’t deal with the fact that weather forecasts are inaccurate. And where I live, good wind conditions last just a couple of hours. The last thing you want to do is clear up your Monday schedule to go kitesurfing and find yourself cursing the gods on a windless lake after two hours of driving.

I needed to know the wind conditions of my favorite kitesurfing spot—in real time. So I decided to build my own weather station.

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