Weather station confusion - be patient with me

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    Hi, I have a David Vantage Vue and use WeatherCat on a Mac to report data to Wunderground. I have tried to set this up with Windy (ID: f073e163) but it’s not reporting. When I look at the community posts about this I am totally overwhelmed - I tried to do my homework but there are literally dozens of posts about this and many of them are just over my pay grade. Is there somewhere I can look for a straightforward way to get my station data to Windy?

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    As long as you keep using WeatherCat then the answer is no, you can't upload directly to because the upload protocol is different than WU. But all is not lost. You can upload to CWOP with WeatherCat and the good news is that Windy pulls in stations that upload to CWOP.

    There is of course another way without giving up on WeatherCat. The Davis logger that you are using (your connection from the station to WeatherCat system) is tied up. But you could always get a second logger and you can get a logger without a display console that works by itself. If you added the Davis WeatherLink Live device then some other software can see the data from your Davis station. The Davis WeatherLink Live device picks up your sensors directly just as you current display console does. Then the Davis WeatherLink Live device can make the live data that it gets available to some other weather program that supports direct Windy uploads. Such software that can connect with the Davis WeatherLink Live device are; Cumulus MX, Meteobridge, and Weather-Display. Granted those don't all run on Mac. But making sense of these additional choices you could run Cumulus MX or Weather-Display on a Raspberry Pi, cheap, small, no noise if using a Flirc case, and reliable. You could also get a Meteobridge device that is equally capable. The Meteobridge (standard version) will require the WeatherLink device to get data as will whatever system you set up to run Cumulus MX or Weather-Display. As you can see there are many options to go by to expand with. Sure any one of these options may be a bit much just to upload to But having these software will allow you to upload a many other places that WeatherCat currently doesn't upload to. I encourage you to consider running some of these other options and their benefits.

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