Weather Stations: Better Than the Weather Channel!

I remember back in the day we had a mercury thermometer hanging on our kitchen window that told not only the temperature inside, but also outside. Nowadays, technology has gone far beyond just telling the temperature. Weather stations do it all. With a weather station you can learn about humidity levels, wind chill or dew point, wind speed, rainfall, and atmospheric pressure. Stop wasting time waiting for the Weather Channel to talk about your region's weather--never wake up and wonder what the weather is like outside!

Features to Look For

* '''Visuals''' ** Look for big, easy to read numerals and images on the LCD screen. ** Some models tend to get cluttered up quickly because they offer so much information. * '''Simplicity''' ** The device should be easy to use so that even children can benefit from having one in the house. ** Speaking of kids, they can learn a lot from a weather station. It is useful for science projects and learning about meteorology. * '''Wireless''' ** Battery operated weather stations can be standing or wall mounted. They require AA batteries that will have to be replaced about as often as you would replace clock batteries. * '''Mounting''' ** Strictly wall mounting models tend to look more "traditional". ** Standing models look more "high-tech" and tend to offer the most features. * '''Color ''' ** Oregon Scientific offers a color weather station. Some may enjoy the brighter display, while others will be happy with the monochrome look since it blends into the wall or into an office.

Pro Weather Stations

Professional weather stations are used by farmers and weather enthusiasts.  A typical system includes rain collector, temperature and humidity sensors, anemometer, and a home receiver.  Prices range from $100 to around $1,000.

Home Weather Stations

Home weather systems typically come with a simple weather sensor and a receiver.  Some access the weather via wireless internet connection.  

Handheld Weather Stations

These are great for your next nature hike or camping trip.  

Search for Weather Stations

* '''By Brand''' ** Davis Instruments ** Extech Instruments ** Kestrel Wind Meters ** La Crosse Technology ** Midland Corporation ** Oregon Scientific ** Whitehall Products ** Ambient Devices * '''By Price''' ** Less than $200 ** $200-$500 ** $500-$800 ** $800+

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