Weather Instruments

Over the years I have tried several weather stations and software packages that allow weather data to be both collected and distributed. The cheaper versions are at best OK but they are unreliable and end up costing more as individual units often fail. Also the cheaper stations do not update data sets quickly enough.

My wife bought me a Davis Vantage Vue weather station and it is a superb bit of kit. Wireless, reliable, robust, solar powered and a joy to use with the various options on collating and distributing the data.

April 2016
New ISS had to be purchased due to failure of parts rendering all details wildly inaccurate.
I was saddened to learn they are not for repair only renew. I was hoping I would have got more that the 6 years usage before it was terminal.
They have now upgraded the "problematic" battery connections and swapped the recording method of the wind and rain units. "solid state magnetic wind speed and rain sensors, improved internal cables and enhanced battery connection."
I hope to get more that the six years out of this version....we shall see.




Let's be honest to a lot of people recording of the weather is down right geekish but to those of a more data oriented mind weather information is fascinating. I started out with a simple max min thermometer which was the first signs of scary behaviour and before long I was looking for something more up market and a unit that would allow me to view data from indoors. This led me down several paths and below shows those variations in my search for my holy grail of weather data collection.
If you are interested in historical records and data for the garden please click on any of the links below which will take you to various sights where my data is collated and published.
Data I collate via Excel can be viewed HERE
DAVIS VANTAGE VUE
Davis Vantage Vue weather station combines Davis' legendary accuracy and rugged durability into a compact weather station that's easy to set up, use and is the perfect weather station for the home weather watcher, school or business.
This new weather station from davis provides you with an array of precise, reliable weather information, you'll see at an instant current weather conditions, including indoor & outdoor temperature, indoor & outdoor humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed & direction, dew point and rain fall. The vantage vue also features its unique & innovative weather center function that's displays additional data on weather variables for today and over the past 25 days, such as daily highs & lows, temperature changes by the hour, barometric value changes and also astronomical information such as meteor showers.
Other features on this weather station include a change in weather since yesterday feature, a this time yesterday feature, weather forecast icons, moon phase, sunset/sunrise times, weather trend graphing, various weather alarms, time and date.
The Vantage Vue weather station includes a distinctive easy to read indoor LCD console and a fully integrated compact and corrosion proof outdoor sensor suite that includes the anemometer, rain collector, temperature/humidity sensor, radiation shield and solar panel. The LCD console is loaded with features,such as a backlit screen and glow-in-the-dark keypad that makes viewing weather data easy, day or night. While the small but tough sensor suite is built to take any weather your location can muster freezing winters, springtime thunderstorms blistering summer sun and brisk autumn winds this sensor suite will transmit weather data to your console. The sensor suite is easy to install and features a bubble level for more accurate installation and better weather data collection
The Davis Vantage Vue weather station transmits weather data wirelessly and has range of up to 1,000 feet (300m), with weather data packets being sent every 2.5 seconds from the sensor suite to the Vantage Vues console. In addition, Davis has made Vantage Vue weather station radio-compatible with our flagship Vantage Pro2 professional weather station so you can mix-and-match most components.
The Davis Vantage Vue Weather Station provides you with all the weather data you need at an affordable price and s a great weather monitoring system for home, school, industry and agriculture.
Davis WeatherlinkIP (6555)
I also use the Davis weatherlink IP data logger that not only transfers the data to the computer for instant weather data but also for keeping records of weather over periods of time for my records.
The big advantage to the ip version of the weatherlink is that it plugs directly into my router and constantly uploads my current weather data even if my computer is not switched on. The weather details from my weatherstation on the link above. It is updated every 60 seconds.
WEATHER STATION FEATURES
* Updates every 2.5 seconds
* Wireless transmission up to 1,000 ft. (300 m)
* Frequency-hopping spread spectrum radio for continuous data transmission
Solar-powered with stored energy backup
* Shows wind speed as low as 2 mph (3 km/h) and as high as 150 mph (241 km/h)
* Glow-in-the-dark keypad
* Survived cyclic corrosion tests simulating wear in extreme weather environments
* 22 user-selectable alarms
* 12-hr forecasts
* Barometric pressure reporting
* RAIN COLLECTOR: Reports rain rate and rain totals. Self-emptying tipping spoon measures rain with .01" resolution for US stations and 0.2 mm resolution for EU/UK stations.
* ANEMOMETER: Vantage Vue records wind speeds as low as 2 mph (3 km/h) and as high as 150 mph (241 km/h).
* WIND DIRECTION: Measures wind direction in compass points or degrees.
* TEMPERATURE/RELATIVE HUMIDITY: Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity sensors. Provides outside temperature readings from -40°F to 150°F (-40°C to 65°C). Outdoor sensors contained in radiation shield for optimum accuracy. Also measures relative humidity from 0 to 100%.
BUBBLE LEVEL: Allows for more acc
CONSOLE FEATURES
o TIME & DATE
View the current time and date or time of sunrise/sunset.
o MOON PHASE
See the eight phases of the moon from new to full.
o FORECAST ICONS
Icons let you know to expect sun, part sun, clouds, rain, or snow.
o TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY
Console updates outside temperature every 10 seconds and inside temperature every minute. In addition, outside humidity Updates every 50 seconds and inside humidity every minute.
o RETRANSMITS
Main console can extend range to additional consoles up to 1,000 ft. (300 m).
o BAROMETER
Five-position trend arrow shows whether barometric pressure is rising, falling, or stable.
o VARIABLE DISPLAY OPTIONS
See updated variables every 10 seconds for heat index and wind chill to get a better "feel" for the outside environment.
o RAIN
Console updates rain totals and rain rate every 20 seconds for the last 25 hours, days, months.
o "CHANGE IN WEATHER SINCE YESTERDAY" FEATURE
Allows comparisons of changes of temperature and barometric pressure from day to day.
o WEATHER CENTER
Weather Center provides additional information for each weather variable, such as daily highs and lows, temperature changes by the hour and barometric value changes. Also displays astronomical data such as meteor showers.
o USER-FRIENDLY KEYPAD
Domed buttons are easy to sense and press. Glow-in-the-dark keypad buttons give you access to weather information all day and all night. The Done key returns user to "current" screen from anywhere in the program.
o GRAPHS
Graph the last 25 hours, days or months. View up to 50 graphs including temperature, rain, rain rate, wind and barometric pressure—all on the console.
o "THIS TIME YESTERDAY" FEATURE
Data point on the graph indicates the weather during the same time yesterday to help compare and analyze day-to-day weather trends.
o ALARMS
Set 22 simultaneous, different alarms to warn of dangers such as high winds, freezing temperatures, rain rate, flood warning, and more.
o WIND SPEED
See windspeed updates every 2.5 seconds. Displays windspeed in miles per hour, meters per second, kilometers per hour and knots. Provides the average and high wind speed for two-minute and ten-minute intervals.
ISS FEATURES
o WIRELESS
Frequency-hopping spread spectrum radio ensures consistent transmission up to 1,000 ft. (300 m) from integrated sensor suite to console.
o RAIN COLLECTOR
Self-emptying tipping spoon measures rain with .01" (0.2mm) resolution.
o ANEMOMETER
Vantage Vue records wind speeds as low as 2 mph (3 km/h) and as high as 150 mph (241 km/h).
o WEATHER PROOF COVER
Corrosion-resistant cover provides durability in extreme conditions. Electronics are potted or over-molded for added moisture shielding.
o RADIATION SHIELD
Provides excellent protection from solar radiation and other sources of radiated and reflected heat.
o TEMPERATURE/RELATIVE HUMIDITY
Provides outside temperature readings from -40°F to 150°F (-40°C to 65°C). Also measures relative humidity from 0 to 100%.
o EASY INSTALLATION
Installs easily and quickly with included mounting hardware kit.
o WIND DIRECTION
Measures wind direction in compass points or degrees.
o SOLAR PANEL
Energizes the station during the day. On-board super capacitor provides power at night. Lithium battery provides backup when needed.
o BUBBLE LEVEL
Allows for more accurate installation and better data collection.
LE CROSSE WS 2350
The La Crosse WS2300 Complete Weather Station is one of the best value home weather stations on the market today for those weather enthusiasts looking for a metrological system that measures, displays and stores (via PC connection) weather data.
This complete weather station receives and displays an array of weather data such as wind direction and velocity, rainfall, air pressure, temperature and humidity, dew point, wind chill from the wind, rain and thermo-hygro sensors (included in Box).
The WS2300 weather station also displays max and min for inside and outside temperature and humidity, high wind with a time stamp to tell you when this occurred, temperature and humidity trend over 24 hours and rainfall for the last hour, 24 hours or cumulative since it was last reset.
Other features on the La Crosse WS2307 complete weather station include: easy to read LCD display, radio controlled clock and calendar (controlled by the Frankfurt antenna (DCF-77), an advance storm and frost warning alarm and a weather forecasting function.
The La Crosse WS2300 weather station offers you up to 175 sets of weather history data and the choice of using battery power or an AC/DC power adaptor, this superb weather station can be practically placed inside your home or office to use cable connection or wireless 433MHz transmission to suit your requirements.
WEATHER STATION FEATURES
* Displays indoor temperature and humidity with atmospheric pressure as well as relevant humidity
* Displays Outdoor temperature and humidity
* Wind-chill temperature display
* Dew-point display
* Measures atmospheric pressure in hPa or in hg/mm
* Weather tendency display
* Illustrated weather forecast symbols (sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, rainy)
* Measures wind speed in km/h, knots, m/s or Beaufort
* Wind direction display
* Integrated radio controlled DCF-77 Clock and calendar for GB/EU use
* Records minimum and maximum results of all sensors with the relevant indication of time and date
* Displays wind speed and corresponding direction of the wind via compass rose
* Records the quantity of rain fall with a resolution of <0,5 mm (total, 24 h, 1 h)
* Various alarms in case of different weather situation, such as frost and storms
* Sensors connected via cable to one transmitter, which transmitts the data to the weather station via 433 MHz up to 100m
* Includes PC-software and V24 cable to COM port collector
* Website support: www.heavyweather.info
* All the weather data from the base receiver station and up to 175 sets of weather history data (with user adjustable measuring intervals) can be recorded and uploaded to your PC
* Self emptying "tipping bucket"
JACOB JENSEN
A modern alarm clock and weather centre from award winning designer Jacob Jensen that has been designed to be compact as well as functional and is battery operated.
We are selling Four Jacob Jensen units , alarm clock, indoor thermometer, outdoor thermometer and hygrometer with stand and all mounting plates for only £125.00 or choose with the radio control alarm clock for an extra £15.00
A modern Alarm clock. Features a LCD format digital display with 24 hour display, beep alarm and 8 minute snooze, blue back light, desk/wall mountable
A modern Indoor temperature gauge features a clear LCD format, measures indoor temperature, Celsius or Fahrenheit scale, retains highest and lowest readings until reset, desk/wall mountable.
A modern outdoor temperature features a clear LCD format, measures outdoor temperature with 3m cable & probe, Celsius or Fahrenheit scale, retains highest & lowest readings until reset, desk/wall mountable.
A modern Hygrometer features a clear LCD format, measures actual and relative humidity, humidity & temperature probes, retains highest and lowest readings until reset, particularly beneficial for asthma sufferers, desk/wall mountable.
If buying with radio contol alarm clock you will get these additional features
The clock receives a time-setting radio signal and indicates the exact time in a 24-hour format. Furthermore the clock is provided with a date and month indicator, an alarm with two types of signal, a snooze-function, a backlight for the display and a key lock.
Features a LCD format with 24 hour display, accurate time and date keeping via radio signal, beep and crescendo alarm, 8 minute snooze, blue, back light, desk/wall mountable.
Designed by Jacob Jensen A modern alarm clock and weather centre from award winning designer Jacob Jensen that has been designed to be compact as well as functional and is battery operated.

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