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How To Choose A Weather Station In 2019)
With an abundance of sources of weather information, from TV and radio reports to phone apps and internet sites, it could be expected that there would be no need for home weather stations. However, regional and even local variations mean that accurate weather information can be surprisingly hard to come by, and for many of us it’s handy to have access to our own source of data.
Home weather stations can vary from basic interior models that can be found for under £10, right through to complex systems that are ideal for enthusiasts and metrological students, and which can run to hundreds of pounds. Deciding what you need in a home weather station, therefore, is highly important before you start looking.
What do you need from your weather station? Will temperature and humidity readings suffice? If so, a simple model with one external (or even internal, if your intention is just to monitor the house) wireless sensor will do the job. They’re inexpensive and one of the most commonly found in households, and while they give an accurate snapshot of the conditions, they’re of little use for forecasting. There are, however, slightly more expensive versions available that may include barometric pressure.
More advanced models will allow measuring of wind speed, UV and light levels, rainfall, and even, in the semi-professional models, such factors as soil temperature and moisture, evaporation rates, and other items useful to an enthusiast. When properly set up they are capable of creating accurate local forecasts, and can store weather data for long-term use. The trade-off of this, of course, is that such weather stations will take more setting up, and will need a suitable location to enable them to collect all the data they need, unimpeded by trees, roofs, or other environmental interference.
As indicated above, the cost of a weather station is dictated by its features. Deciding how much you’re willing to spend on your station will determine what features you can get, and vice versa.
Where will your weather station be installed? For the larger models, do you have appropriate space outside where rain gauges and anemometers (wind speed) will be able to function unimpeded? Is this location close enough to allow the efficient functioning of a wireless connection? In addition, it’s worth considering how the outside unit communicates – some work via a USB WiFi transmitter, meaning your computer will have to be on to access the information. Others will upload directly to a website and can be viewed via app. For all models, the question of power must also be taken into consideration – battery powered units allow for easy installation anywhere (and some exterior sensors may be solar powered), but others will need to be plugged in, limiting your options.
Before buying, consider researching reviews on the accuracy of your shortlisted weather stations, and also try to see one in use. This will allow you to ensure that the display is easy to read and understand, or in the case of more complex models, that any apps or computer programs are easy to navigate and to find the information that you need. Build quality is also important, particularly for larger stations that will be exposed to the elements.