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A common question is ” what is the best home weather station for Weather Underground?”.
The better question maybe is “what is the best weather station for Weather Underground and me?”. Weather Underground is looking for somethings and you are looking for somethings too, but maybe not exactly the same things.
When people hear the word “weather station” it conjures different pictures in different minds. When you’re doing research about weather stations sometimes it’s a little hard to tell what people mean in their descriptions.
So let’s dive in and break the ‘weather station’ picture down into specific categories.
- Home weather stations, otherwise known as Personal weather stations
- Professional weather stations
- Specialty weather stations
- Educational weather stations for kids
- What professional meteorologists use for forecasting
Ambient Weather was born in the internet age and it shows.While many of the other home weather station manufacturers are retrofitting their weather equipment to connect to the internet, Ambient has been doing this from the beginning. So if you are bit of a nerd, and more specifically a weather nerd, you’ll really enjoy Ambient Weather products.
This is one of the best home weather stations for people on the go. Ambient Weather out of Chandler, Arizona is acclaimed as one of the fastest growing private companies and is also one of the top 500 internet retailers. Ambient offers an innovative line of weather stations and is a leading software company serving the weather industry.
Sometimes you know what the weather is going to be before you even open your eyes in the morning.You not only pay attention to every detail of your environment but you always do something about it. Every second of everyday for your whole life! Just as you can see what you look like with a mirror, a home weather station can reflect the conditions your body is adapting to.
The roof of the house or garage is the most obvious and is the most common place most people install their weather sensors.
You can mount your weather station on the eave of the house. If your house has a gable roof this is an easy option.
On an existing fence. If you have a strong fence, mounting the weather station here could make sense.
Install the weather station on a stand alone pole or post. If you have enough room and you are free to put a post in the ground or a weather station stand anywhere you want, this is, as we’ll see later, often the best option.
If all of these options are open to you, consider yourself lucky! There are a few things to consider that might narrow your choices…
This is Acurite’s most complete and full featured professional weather station. Acurite put most of their featured devices in one package.The Acurite 01085RM and the model 01075RM are essentially the same but for the color display; the 01085RM has bright colored readings on a black background (Dark Theme) and the 01075RM has black readout numbers on a colored background (Color Display). Take your pick.
The Acurite 01036 5-in-1 Pro Weather Station is a “Best Seller”. Featuring the 5-in1 weather sensor which sends data to an indoor display equipped with PC Connect. PC Connect provides a way to save your outdoor weather measurements as a data file on your computer, or post the weather data online through your computer internet connection. A cable from the display connects to a USB port on your Windows or Mac equipped computer. If you want to, you can start uploading your weather info to myacurite.com or Weather Underground the data becomes available for you to see with the free myacurite app.
A weather station is a collection of individual and specific instruments which, when looked at together will give you some idea of the local conditions. When many weather stations spread out over a wide area are looked at, and this weather station data is observed over time, patterns emerge and with that comes the ability to more accurately forecast the weather.While it would take a book to describe all of the names of instruments used to measure weather, but we can look at the weather instruments most commonly available in the home weather station retail market.
- Weather Underground (WU) has the largest weather station network in the world. Over 250,000 people send their weather data to them
- All done automatically every few seconds by using the software that comes with Personal Weather Stations. (PWS)
- By using your data and the data sent in by people around you, WU can get a very accurate view of how the weather works in your area.
- With all of this information WU can get a pretty good idea of what weather you can expect in the future. Better than the NWS actually.
The Vantage Pro2 is the first weather station in Davis’ advanced line of weather measuring instruments. This is the weather station class that gives Davis it’s great reputation. If you are researching weather stations to buy, do yourself a favor and at least look at the Davis weather station lineup.
Davis, a company known globally for high end precision weather instruments, has entered the mid-ranged consumer weather station market. The Davis Vantage Vue model 6250 is a all-in-one weather monitoring system, a form that most of popular weather station manufacturers have had so much market success with. Davis refers their all in one outdoor sensors as an “Integrated Sensor Suite”, or ISS for short. The Davis Vantage Vue has, of course, achieved “Best Seller” status among both hobbyists and professionals.
A few years ago we would listen to the TV or radio for current weather information or forecasts.
Now we can get this information almost instantly with a weather app on our computer or phone.
We can now watch the weather roll into our area by watching the personal weather stations that are popping up around us. Weather instruments are now accessible to everyone.
With a personal weather station of our own, we get a hyper local and real time view. We can also set up weather alerts and be notified of dangerous conditions.