I am new to the forum here, and looking for advice as it pertains to an idea I have had for many years here, and this project could start out simple enough, but could end up being quite complex. I apologize for how wordy it is, but hope that it gives a crystal clear idea of what I intend to do.
With out further adieu, I am looking at creating a weather station which would take in a large amount of data and essentially transmit it to a computer, or a server. I would intend to mount it on the roof of a house, and use the WiFi signal to act as the transmission source, which would then be uploaded to a website which could be accessed via the internet, or mobile device. I know of some weather stations that are out there, but I am looking at adding more to it right away, and making it a rather complete package. Below are what parts I am considering getting, and what I would like function wise to have:
Leonardo Arduino board
Photometer (both in IR and Visible)
If I could find a place to obtain all of the equipment, and the Leonardo board would be sufficient for all of the sensor arrays, I would then look into transmission of the data. Basically I would like to create a GUI which would allow for easy access to live data, but also have a place where archived data could be reached to analyze and interpolate from.
I would ultimately like to do a study on IR and Visible light as it pertains to transmission through clouds, and if that can be correlated to cloud thickness. I would like to take observed data from both spectrum's, and compare it to the theoretical values and see if a cloud thickness, or density can be extrapolated. Since IR works better at all hours of the day, it may be interesting to try different IR sensors at different wavelengths. The other instruments would be to see if there are any other correlations not thought of currently.
My main question is: Is the Leonardo board adequate for what I have described, and is the setup I have laid out a reasonable one to have? I do have a limited background on electronics, but with my scratch built quad-copter, and academic background, I believe I could pick up what I would need relatively well.
Thank you for your time, and hope I was not to wordy.