Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
How can I get my city's rainfall and rain forecast data?
by RainSaucers Inc. on December 9th, 2014

I used to have a rain gauge in my back yard. It was a low end one so no surprise it didn't last that long. Before that I tried out one of those fancy wireless models but found that to be too complicated, at least for me. Then I stumbled upon a great weather service called Wundergound
which gives you hyper local weather data from
individually operated weather stations in your area. The data isn't perfect but by referencing several nearby stations, you can get a pretty good sense of how much rain you've gotten. The service also stores the measurements so you can get historic data over time.

Wunderground is great for historical data but what if you want to be alerted of rainfall before it comes there are a few cool options on the "no-coding" mashup site IFTT. For example, one "recipe" (as they are called on IFTTT) lets you get an alert on your phone when rain is forecast for tomorrow. Another cool recipe tracks rain events in your area and automatically logs then into a Google Spreadsheet so you have your own data ready at hand.


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