Yesterday was a bit of a milestone for me in that my generator monitoring application had been in production for one year exactly.
During this time, the SQLite database logged 1,630,000+ temperature records, (3 records every minute). There have been a few minor hiccups, programming bugs, which I corrected, but other than that, the Raspberry Pi and Python have acted flawlessly. No mysterious hang ups, no unresponsiveness, it just plain old works.
It faithfully still sends out SMS messages and emails when needed. The webserver also works flawlessly all of the time.
I’m especially impressed with the gnuplot utility. Quirky to set up, yes, but very solid and quick to generate complex graphs.
The graph below (from today), as an example, shows high and low temperatures, by the hour, over the last year at our house. The SQLite database selected 8,750 records out of the 1.6 million, handing them over to Gnuplot which plotted this dataset, in about 3 seconds. Not bad at all.
Interesting things about the graph:
- spread between daytime highs and nighttime lows in a lot larger in summer than in winter.
- frost free period was from end of April till end of October, not bad considering the cold spring we had here in southern Ontario.
- so far December this year is shaping up to be a heck of a lot colder than last year.