Weather Station For You

Owning your own personal weather station comes with many advantages. You will never again have to guess which outfit will be appropriate for the days weather or be unprepared when a storm hits. Obtaining instantaneous weather reports with built in warning alerts especially in regions with highly volatile weather is extremely valuable. While personal weather stations range in system utilization options such as the Ambient Weather WS-11, the AcuRite 02007, or the Oregon Scientific Helios, they also range in price. One must research which weather station model will provide their ideal coverage and fit their cost budget.

The majority of personal weather stations will generally measure barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity, while other more technically advanced stations can measure rainfall and wind speed. Black anemometers, as well as sonic anemometers, and rain gauges are all required instruments for measuring wind speed, sound travel, and rainfall but they are not necessary for the typical, every day station. Beyond these options there are four factors the one seriously needs to consider when purchasing their first personal weather station…

Ambient Weather WS-11

1)Battery Life
Each unit's battery life will vary. It is important that you read the stations battery life span before purchase to make sure it fits your lifestyle. Some stations even come equipped with a system alert that will let you know when your unit's battery is running low. Plus, your typical station usually utilizes rechargeable AA or AAA batteries to power its system which is highly efficient.

2)Solar Power
There are a select few weather station units that offer the alternative of utilizing solar panels to power its system. However, you will need to consider your region's climate before deciding if you are able to use a fully solar powered unit or if you will need to purchase a hybrid system that utilizes both solar power as well as a backup battery for less sunny periods.

AcuRite 02007

3)Wireless Capability
There are three specific advantages to owning a wireless weather station. One, you will not have to fuss around with messy wires. Two, installation of the unit will be extremely simple. Three, you are not limited to a small scope when deciding the location of your personal weather station.

4)Atmospheric Measurements
The typical personal weather station has the capability to measure parameters like humidity, temperature, and moisture. Your weather stations ability to accurately measure these factors will ultimately depend on the unit's design. For example, if your unit's temperature sensor is located in an area with direct sunlight, it is imperative that your personal weather station will be equipped with a radiation shield. A radiation shield is necessary for gathering a correct temperature reading when your station is located in an area of extreme sunlight exposure. Otherwise, the unit could falsely record a higher temperature. Similarly, if your station promises to measure your region's dew point then it better be able to read temperature as well as humidity. Temperature and humidity are the two components that make computing parameters like the dew point possible.

Oregon Scientific Helios

Once you've figure out what equipment options are right for your budget then you are ready to get out there and purchase your first personal weather station. However, keep in mind that the more complicated the system, the harder it will be to set up. Additionally, do not forget to check out whether or not your system comes complete with a black and white or color display system. While wireless systems tend to come with a color display and high usability rate, they will run you more than a few hundred dollars. It is key that you find a system that fits your budget as well as your needs.