If you claim to be a “weather enthusiast”, you want the latest and greatest in technology and weather instruments. While the old things are okay, there are new technological advancements every day, making the art of watching the weather easier and more convenient. After all, who really wants to go out and check it out, right?
Some of the best devices come in wireless packaging and you will see more and more instruments run out of solar cells. This means you don’t even have to spend time installing the battery.
Take the Oregon Scientific WMR968 Cable Free Complete weather station as an example. The price on Amazon is about US$205. The instrument pack comes with indoor and outdoor sensors and also displays local weather/barometric forecasts. That’s just the beginning. It also has a calendar/clock, an alarm when the sensor detects a situation that is outside the user-defined parameters, a memory button for retrieving past data and an AC power adapter. This super super wireless weather station has an advanced touchscreen control and large graphic icons. These icons easily display temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed and wind direction. You just need to touch the screen to get the information you need accurately!
With this excellent technology, you can also get the latest weather forecast with large graphic icons, digital barometric measurements and pressure history in the form of a bar graph. No, that’s not all. Also includes indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity readings, precipitation readings, wind speed and direction data, time with 12 and/or 24 hour clock display options, and month/day/day displays. Specific sensors include indoor thermometer and hygrometer with barometer, external solar outdoor thermometer and hygrometer, external solar self-draining rain gauge and external solar anemometer. Wow! Now, this is really good value for money. There is an optional battery backup system just in case. At just $205, this is an incredible bargain!
Another excellent weather station is the Davis Vantage Pro2 Weather Station, a wireless solar-integrated sensor kit, priced at $293. It does not have its own digital display. All you have to do is plug it into your own computer, which is great.
Although this is an advanced radio station, the WeatherLink module and Weather Envoy must be purchased separately to use it. When you purchase the Weatherlink application, choose Wireless Weather Envoy and all your weather data will be wirelessly sent directly from your sensor to your computer. Some of these features include: 2.5 second updates, indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity readings, wind speed and dew point direction, total wind chill, rainfall per hour, streaming “automatic reporting tape” for current conditions, barometric pressure and graphic digital time and date. There are also eight moon phase indicators, weather forecasts, storm and temperature warnings, heat index warnings, and sunrise/sunset times in your area, and finally the minimum and maximum values for almost all data reports.
Another truly excellent weather station tool can be found in the RainWise MKIII Wireless Professional Solar Weather Station. This is definitely the more expensive side, about $1050. This is a very nice mahogany base. The MK III sensor component transmits weather data to one or more receivers, meaning you can use any number of displays and computer interfaces in your home or facility and only use one sensor component outdoors. The supply of rechargeable solar batteries guarantees continuous operation in latitudes below 60 degrees, and the MK III will operate without sunlight for at least 60 days. It contains all normal weather instruments and is very easy to use and assemble.
Regardless of which weather station you prefer, all variables must be taken into account, including instruments, warranties, monitoring consoles, time without sunlight, requirements for external applications, etc.
Only you know what you’re happy with, so choose wisely. Whichever site you choose, you will find that wireless solar home installations are the easiest and no problem. You can buy the weather instrument separately, or you can take the route from the weather station. I know what I like. and you?
What is a Weather Remote Sensor?
The weather station was once a big and ugly fixed device. This has changed drastically. Today there are several small weather stations in the house that can be used for different purposes. Almost anyone can use wireless technology and use remote sensors to collect information.
The remote weather sensor is a small device, usually installed or set up in an area where the collected weather data can be sent to the central unit. Of course, this data depends on the sensor.
Distance sensors come in different shapes and are suitable for all functions. The highest quality usually broadcasts only one type of weather data. For example, there may be separate external sensors to detect wind speed and direction, humidity, rainfall and temperature. All four sensors transmit information (usually via low-intensity radio signals) back to the central unit, which can display all the numbers neatly at once.
There are also units that allow remote sensors to be placed in completely different areas, and then each measurement can be cycled onto the central unit, providing data from different areas at the same time. This is especially useful for people in large houses or greenhouses who want to monitor the temperature or humidity in different rooms.
Whether an amateur, a scientist or a gardener, consumers love external weather sensors. They have become the mainstay of the Christmas gift catalog. The prices of these devices are dropping every year, allowing higher quality sensors with more features to hit the market.