The Countdown to Maker Faire Bay Area is On!


Antique Weather Clock

Img 4278

Sometimes you just wake up and look out the window and it looks like skull and crossbone weather! That must be the symbol for nuclear war.

I used a fake antique (replica) that I picked up for cheep on ebay. I took out the clock work, and replaced it with a servo and used a phidgets USB – servo controller so I could control the servo from my computer. I had to use some gears so that the needle shaft would turn 360 degrees, since the servo only turns about 180. I also re-designed the face of the clock keeping a similar look to the original time piece. Once that was all set I created a little flash application that would connect to yahoo! weather service, and update the servo. I made it so it could toggle between current condition and the local forecast, and also made it so I could enter another zip code to see what the weather is in other places. Their weather service reports something like 40 different conditions, so I had to condense some of them, I combined some things, and ended up with 14 ‘conditions.’ [via] – Link

Update: originally posted to Make: earlier this year! Original link and more photos.

12 thoughts on “Antique Weather Clock

  1. RonGiuntini says:

    This is the best thing I have seen in quite a while. Something really useful and clever. Where can we find more detailed instructions? This is worthy of a magazine article, since it looks fairly simple to cobble together. I, for one, would like to see much more about this one..

  2. WNixon says:

    I second the previous commenters suggestion about making this a full fledged article. Has all the aspects of a perfect make!

  3. thisispete says:

    Hey, this is pete, Thanks for your comments! I wanted to point out that this was first posted on Make back in May 2006, here’s the link… some more comments there.

    and more photos on my website here:

  4. hamachi says:

    can you share the code you used for the controller? or the app you wrote?

  5. ravendatajock says:

    i always wondered if the christian television stations had special weather reporters on standby just incase an armageddon occured. i mean come on, do you really think the regular weather anchors are prepared to forcast these kinds of things?

Comments are closed.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!
Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 30% off early bird ticket sales ends August 31st, 2023!

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Prices Increase in....