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good input from all. But none of this approaches is working for my requirements.
I’ve looked to the ESP-32 solution, but this script is also based on Zimmerman….

Main concerns:
– the Zimerman method is worse in my eyes (see above comments); esp. because there is no forecast included, only based on history data (..?), also to high factors for humidity and so on.
– i don’t trust OWM
– I don’t use the ‘Weather adjustment’ in the OS version which is also based on Zimmerman. I use only the plugins on the OSPI main firmware/website

My requirements:
– I need a simple approach with replaces the OSPI included plugin WEATHER-BASED water level (which is based on the old WU API and therefore not working anymore)
This plugin has been running since 5 years with very good results (for my needs); not high sofisticated but reliable. It just adds a correction factor to all running main programs. This is exactly what I need..

– works with the new WU API
– includes history data from own PWS to calculate the effective rain amount
– includes FORECAST (!!!) data (from WU or similar)
– so it has to be able to calculate condiditions based on 3 days history + actual day + 3 days forecast; so the basis for the adjustment will be one complete week
– adoptabe to local weather conditions (here in Germany, the average needed irrigation for my garden/grass (-> water-base in mm/day) is totally different from e.g. California)
– tuneable correction factors: includes rain (history, forecast), [humidity optional] and temperature (Max Value! not average) for the calculation, NOT more! (in my eyes, wind, shades etc. are more or without any big impacts here for me; we don’t have this extreme climate conditions here in Germany)

My solution:
In the last 3 days I compiled a script in python which can be directly executed on the OSPI (or another 24*7 running server). Mainly based on a mixture of the old plugin and other stuff found on internet (got serveral good ideas from other stuff on github and this forum here/ other approaches) and enriched with own stuff (e.g. the MQTT part)

The script is
– based on the new WU api (yes, only available for personal PWS users…)
– includes the publishing of all data in parallel to an MQTT broker (where the data can be analyzed or used in parallel, or the routine to push the updates per OSPI API handled by complete other systems / rule engines (e.g. pimatic, ioBroker)
– pushes the waterlevel% correction factor directly to the OSPI without any ‘man in the middle’ hardware, ESP-instances or weewx hacks…

I’m just in testing phase (the script is working right now and producing correct output).
Have to tune some parts (error handling, code optimization. Afterwards I’ll publish the script if there’s interest here