Shopping guide for best weather stations
Do you enjoy monitoring the weather? Is it a hobby of yours ... or perhaps even a passion? For amateur and professional meteorologists, there is no such thing as too much weather information. A weather station is the perfect tool to have on hand for weather buffs.
But a weather station isn't just for people who have a passing interest in the weather. Many people rely on the information a weather station provides to plan their day. Knowing the ambient air temperature can help determine what clothing to wear, for instance. Changes in barometric pressure can predict the arrival of a storm front. Ground moisture readings can help homeowners determine the need for lawn sprinklers.
If you just want the basics, an entry-level weather station could serve your needs. If you're a serious gardener who wants more advanced information, however, you may wish to consider a wireless weather station with high-tech features like a hygrometer sensor (or multiple sensors) to remotely monitor ground moisture. Indeed, there are lots of different weather station varieties available. Here are a few of our favorites:
For the serious amateur meteorologist, the Vantage Vue weather station is one to consider. Numerous instruments and sensors are included for detailed weather analysis. The unit has a large LCD display with real-time wireless updates and a 1,000-foot range. Data is transmitted with virtually no lag time, and the instruments are nearly professional grade.
Affordable and easy to read, this weather station is ideal for the casual weather observer who wants the most essential data on a convenient desktop display. It can monitor up to three remote locations and includes an atomic clock, too. Notably, this weather station is more bare bones than some others, and it must be stored on a table or counter.
The AcuRite weather station provides data 24/7 with a convenient wireless setup and internet compatibility. The older monitor design is not angle proof, but all of the pertinent information is easy to read from a distance. Installation of the sensor array is straightforward, and one sensor provides five types of weather data. It includes an anemometer for wind speed and direction and can sync with websites and apps.
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