|A Picaxe Weather Station - Temperature & Humidity|
Temperature & Relative HumidityMeasuring temperature is probably the most straightforward of all the sensors. The entire family of PICAXE chips has two commands dedicated to one specific temperature sensor from Maxim - the DS18B20.
The Honeywell HIH-3610 Humidity sensor provides a 0.8 - 3.9v analogue signal output for a 0% to 100% Relative Humidity.
The original HIH-3610 has gone faulty - giving a permanent 4.95 volts output. Considering it cost £25, I was surprised that techsupplies.co.uk don't offer any sort of warranty but I found a replacement HIH-4000-001 (which replaces the specified HIH-3610 anyway) for just over £12 including postage from a company in Canada advertising on eBay (Or search eBay for HIH-4000-001).
[Update: January 2015]
[Update December 1st 2015]
[Update May 06th 2018]
[Update October 9th 2020]
I mounted both sensors on a small PCB with the temperature sensor's 4k7 pullup resistor and a 4-way terminal block.
The PCB is fitted inside a home-made Stevenson Screen; full constructional details can be found here.
The DS18B20 temperature sensor uses a 1-wire digital signal. The HIH-3610 provides a 0 - 3.9v analogue signal. I've tested both with 3 metres of ordinary 4-core (house alarm) cable and both performed well.
The simplest code for each of the sensors is shown below. More precise code, which reads the values to one decimal place is shown on Peter Anderson's excellent site. Peter's code is used in the final version of my own weather station.
The temperature sensor provides ±0.5°C accuracy and the humidity sensor is accurate to within ±2% Relative Humidity so it's debatable how many decimal places it's worth displaying for these values! As they're usually dispalyed to one decimal place, this weather station follows the convention - which isn't to say that the figures are necessarily that accurate (My watch displays the time to the nearest second but it's usually a couple of minutes fast!).
Example plot from the software running on the PC.
The green plot is the dewpoint,
derived from the temperature and relative humidity. (Calculating
main: readtemp B.6, b1 ; read value into b1 if b1 > 127 then neg ; test for negative sertxd (#b1, cr, lf) ; transmit value to PE terminal pause 5000 goto main neg: b1 = b1 - 128 ; adjust neg value sertxt (“-”) ; transmit negative symbol sertxt (#b1, cr, lf) ; transmit value to PE terminal pause 5000 goto main
main: readadc B.7,b1 ; read humidity value b1 = b1 - 41 * 100 / 157 ; change to %RH sertxd (#b1, "%", cr, lf) pause 5000 ; wait 5 seconds goto main
Humidity Sensor MathsThe following notes are taken from the Revolution Education Datasheet for the Honeywell HIH-3610. Picaxe maths definitely isn't one of my strong points so putting the information here is as much for my own convenience - and to help me understand - as anything else.