MicroMod Weather Carrier Board Hookup Guide

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Introduction

Introducing the MicroMod Weather Carrier Board! This nifty little weather station board works with all SparkFun MicroMod Processors so you can customize your weather station project to fit your needs.

SparkFun MicroMod Weather Carrier Board

SparkFun MicroMod Weather Carrier Board

SEN-16794
$44.95

The Weather Carrier Board includes three sensors: the BME280 Temperature, Pressure and Humidity sensor, the VEML6075 UV light sensor and the AS3935 lightning detector. Along with these on-board sensors there is a 3-pin latch terminal to add an external soil moisture sensor as well as a pair of RJ11 jacks to plug in the wind and rain sensors included with our Weather Meter Kit. To top it all off there is a microSD card slot so you can plug in an SD card to log all of that glorious weather data!

Required Materials

Like all of our MicroMod Carrier Boards, there is no processor included but instead you can plug in a processor of your choice to the MicroMod M.2 connector on the carrier. Here are few options to choose for your processor:

SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod ESP32 Processor

WRL-16781
$16.95
SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod SAMD51 Processor

DEV-16791
$18.95
SparkFun MicroMod nRF52840 Processor

SparkFun MicroMod nRF52840 Processor

WRL-16984
$19.95
SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

SparkFun MicroMod Artemis Processor

DEV-16401
$14.95

You'll also need a USB-C cable to connect the Carrier Board to your computer and if you want to add some Qwiic breakouts to your MicroMod project you'll want at least one Qwiic cable to connect it all together. Below are some options for both of those cables:

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

KIT-15081
$7.95
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Flexible Qwiic Cable - 100mm

Flexible Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-17259
$1.50
Reversible USB A to C Cable - 2m

Reversible USB A to C Cable - 2m

CAB-15424
$7.95
USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

USB 3.1 Cable A to C - 3 Foot

CAB-14743
$4.95
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If you want to take full advantage of the features of the Weather Carrier Board you will also need a SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor, the Weather Meter Kit and a microSD card:

Weather Meter Kit

Weather Meter Kit

SEN-15901
$79.95
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microSD Card - 16GB (Class 10)

microSD Card - 16GB (Class 10)

COM-15051
$19.95
SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor (with Screw Terminals)

SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor (with Screw Terminals)

SEN-13637
$6.95
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SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor

SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor

SEN-13322
$5.95
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Suggested Reading

The SparkFun MicroMod ecosystem offers a unique way to allow users to customize their project to their needs. Do you want to send your weather data via a wireless signal (e.g. Bluetooth or WiFi)? There's a MicroMod Processor for that. Looking to instead maximize efficiency and processing power? You guessed it, there's a MicroMod Processor for that.

If you aren't familiar with the MicroMod ecosystem, we recommend reading here for an overview.

MicroMod Logo

Before you get started with the Weather Carrier Board, you may want to read through the Hookup Guide for your chosen MicroMod Processor. MicroMod Processor Hookup Guides can be found on the processors' product pages. We also recommend reading through the following tutorials if you are not familiar with the concepts covered in them:

Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)

SPI is commonly used to connect microcontrollers to peripherals such as sensors, shift registers, and SD cards.

I2C

An introduction to I2C, one of the main embedded communications protocols in use today.

Serial Terminal Basics

This tutorial will show you how to communicate with your serial devices using a variety of terminal emulator applications.

Getting Started with MicroMod

Dive into the world of MicroMod - a compact interface to connect a microcontroller to various peripherals via the M.2 Connector!

If you're interested in learning more about each of the sensors included on the Weather Carrier Board, take a look at their dedicated Hookup Guides:

Qwiic UV Sensor (VEML6075) Hookup Guide

Learn how to connect your VEML6075 UV Sensor and figure out just when you should put some sunscreen on.

SparkFun AS3935 Lightning Detector Hookup Guide (v20)

Are you worried about the looming clouds in the distance, how far away is that storm exactly? Add lightning detection with the AS3935 to your next weather station or your next bike ride!

Qwiic Atmospheric Sensor (BME280) Hookup Guide

Measure temperature, humidity, barometric pressure with the SparkFun Atmospheric Sensor Breakout BME280 (Qwiic).