Just wondering which brand weather stations are in use on this site. I'm needing one. Thanks
Your 30 minutes of research is pretty much right on."Alexa, how high was that gust of wind just now?" :laugh:
I am following this thread be cause I too would like a personal weather station. I have found what coaltrain posted to be true about pricing, along with there seem to be two types when it comes to wind and rain collection. Well, there are probably more 'types' when it comes to methodology. What I meant was the the weather stations that are all built into one assembly and the ones that are individual components. From what I've researched, the wind speed gauge wants one set of mounting heights and other parameters, and the rain gauge wants another. So if you are wanting optimum accuracy, you don't want one that has everything on one pole. Then you are back to coaltrain's statement, the ones with separate components are pricey and not always end-user friendly.
This is what I learned in a vigorous 30-45 minutes of research, before I got paralysis by analysis and moved on. I would like to hear real live end users results, you can't trust online reviews any more.
My Davis wind measurement was pretty accurate. But this new Ambient low end station does the averaging.Until recently, I was using the guy down the road at the same elevation as me who has a high end Davis with every sensor available all properly installed like a pro. Kept the direct link to his weather underground PWS bookmarked on all devices. And also ingested it's data into my home automation system with an API key. I did the same at my old house, but used the API to pull from the airport weather station to ensure accuracy. But wunderground recently dumped their API program and torpedoed the PWS website, so I can't do that anymore.
The thing I hate about what seems like all the personal weather stations is the wind. It is never accurate, even the fancy high end ones seem wrong all the time. I can standing outside in a 40mph wind, and every PWS is reporting 10-15 mph variable. I think a lot of them are taking a 16 second average, and whatever mechanism and algorithm is being applied just sucks. I want my own now. But I also don't want to spend money on something that will give me the same crappy data I'm already obtaining for free.
They are kind of fun - for me anyway as I've always loved watching the weather plus it fits in with the geek factor in me.I have to talk the wife into letting me get a station. I like the one coaltrain just got!:thumbup1gif:
I've had the Vantage Vue for 8 years with no problems. A natural occurrence is that in the dead of winter with little sun to recharge the battery it will die at -20F. It's no fun to get up on a ladder to change the 123 battery with no gloves. I don't throw them away, warm them up and reuse them again. It could have an easier way to change batteries.Just wondering which brand weather stations are in use on this site. I'm needing one. Thanks
I still have mine running. Will be replacing the temp/hydro sensor. Then I will see how the Ambient stations holds out. I may still get the Davis web appliance someday in the future....Davis Vantage Pro2. A bit pricey but I really like it. Have a console in the den and one in my bedroom. Installed the data logger and a web appliance that uploads info to weather underground and ambient.
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