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Weather stations - is anyone here a weather bug?

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I am thinking of getting a weather station for the house. I see plenty of models with good reviews but I'm also not looking to become the next Al Roker either ($$$$). I don't know what to look for, frankly.

Recommendations?

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Depends on what you want. Are you just looking for something that display's the weather or something that can upload to the internet / interface with a computer or smart home?

Currently I just use SDR to grab the data a cheap sensor transmits. There's a pretty active weather enthusiast community that's far more opinionated than me (like this for example: https://www.wxforum.net/). Assuming you're looking at something that can upload data, look at weather underground in your area you can often see what brand equipment people are using and notice trends like this station is always 3 degrees too hot.

Davis is probably still the gold standard, but is expensive. In my limited experience, Accurite is often rather inaccurate, but higher end models may be better. I do like products from Ambient Weather that I've used in the past.
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Depends on what you want. Are you just looking for something that display's the weather or something that can upload to the internet / interface with a computer or smart home?

Currently I just use SDR to grab the data a cheap sensor transmits. There's a pretty active weather enthusiast community that's far more opinionated than me (like this for example: https://www.wxforum.net/). Assuming you're looking at something that can upload data, look at weather underground in your area you can often see what brand equipment people are using and notice trends like this station is always 3 degrees too hot.

Davis is probably still the gold standard, but is expensive. In my limited experience, Accurite is often rather inaccurate, but higher end models may be better. I do like products from Ambient Weather that I've used in the past.

More for the kids and to replace an old school alcohol thermometer. What kind of price are we talking about something that could upload? Do you know what kind of systems people have that upload to local TV stations?
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More for the kids and to replace an old school alcohol thermometer. What kind of price are we talking about something that could upload? Do you know what kind of systems people have that upload to local TV stations?
Weather stations that can upload data start around $70 iirc and go up to hundreds+, with 'budget' options you'd be happy with in the $100-350 range generally.

Another option to consider, turn it into an electronics / software project for the kids. Grab a Pi Zero W or ESP and some 1-wire temperature and humidity sensors.


There's nothing wrong with a very simple indoor outdoor temp sensor either. The challenge is finding one that's accurate, I've had a few that would read 4-5 degrees difference between the indoor and outdoor unit when they're next to each other or would be off by 5+ degrees compared to a well calibrated thermometer. These were given away or returned. The best of these basic thermometer's that I've used are models that aren't made anymore. On amazon, I've been considering some of the ThermoPro models as possible replacement that might meet my standards (but leaning more towards diy).
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Weather stations that can upload data start around $70 iirc and go up to hundreds+, with 'budget' options you'd be happy with in the $100-350 range generally.

Another option to consider, turn it into an electronics / software project for the kids. Grab a Pi Zero W or ESP and some 1-wire temperature and humidity sensors.


There's nothing wrong with a very simple indoor outdoor temp sensor either. The challenge is finding one that's accurate, I've had a few that would read 4-5 degrees difference between the indoor and outdoor unit when they're next to each other or would be off by 5+ degrees compared to a well calibrated thermometer. These were given away or returned. The best of these basic thermometer's that I've used are models that aren't made anymore. On amazon, I've been considering some of the ThermoPro models as possible replacement that might meet my standards (but leaning more towards diy).
Thank you both but it seems most of the WU options are $300+ and I think Al Roker himself is saving up for that first model laugh out loud $1000.

Kids are a bit young for any DIY stuff, frankly.

Is there only one Thermopro [amazon.com]weather station that's indoor/outdoor?
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I have one like this:
http://www.lowes.com/pd/La-Crosse...1000233111

Sometimes in the evenings it seems a little bright.

I've been thinking about one like this:
https://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-01...PKKNZ?th=1
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I have one like this:
http://www.lowes.com/pd/La-Crosse...1000233111

Sometimes in the evenings it seems a little bright.

I've been thinking about one like this:
https://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-01...PKKNZ?th=1

The entire first page of reviews on that second one are horrible even though overall they're pretty good (4+). How high do you have to mount the actual sensor unit on these?
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The entire first page of reviews on that second one are horrible even though overall they're pretty good (4+). How high do you have to mount the actual sensor unit on these?
Makes you wonder doesn't it...

I have to admit I am biased against several of the reviews. I tend to discredit people who can't spell (I mean it underlines it in red for you nowadays.) I also have a nasty tendency to ignore people who brag about themselves.. especially when the brag really means they are old, crotchety and can't program a VCR. (I have met several pilots, never have I heard one call themselves an Airline Transport Pilot.)

"First, I am an electronics engineer with 50 years experience and an Airline Transport Pilot giving me a lot of meteorology knowledge."
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