Electronic Weather Stations Buying Guide For All Weather Forecast Enthusiasts
These days, technology allows you to own your own, independent weather station at home or wherever you go. In fact, these mobile electronic gadgets are a must-have for people who go camping or traveling to far-away places. Therefore, if you don't want to entirely depend on the prediction of your country's national weather station, these pieces of equipment will put you ahead of the pack.
The buying guide
First, electronic weather stations utilize sophisticated barometric pressure to determine weather conditions. It's important that you know how to read your weather station after you make your purchase.
At the very least, you should know that a drastic change in pressure signifies a dramatic change in weather conditions. For example, in case there is a sudden drop in pressure, you should expect some rain. However, a rapid increase in pressure signifies hot weather conditions.
So, why should you buy an electronic weather station in the first place?
Sometimes you wonder why the national weather station's prediction is not the actual kind of weather you're experiencing. Not that they are wrong in their predictions; it has to do with what we call micro-climates. These are considered local atmospheric zones where climate tend to differ from that of the surrounding areas. These areas can vary in size, say from a few square feet, to square miles.
However, your electronic weather station will work within your local micro-climate as opposed to monitoring every single micro-climate zone in the country. Once you have this local knowledge in your head, you can begin planning for the next day's clothes, laundry tasks, outdoor barbecue, and whether or not you will have the right condition for your sporting activities in a few days.
The features you should be concerned with when looking for an electronic weather station:
(a) The sensors
Temperature readings should measure how hot or cold the climate is. This reading is usually in centigrade, and can take outdoor reading too.
Humidity should take into account the percentage of water vapor that is currently present in the atmosphere. And finally, your unit must have an in-built barometer which lets you take measurements of air pressure in your local zone.
(b) Remote linking
The good thing with this technology is that it lets you link remotely to your weather station. This will help you take note of changes in areas around your home. You can still be able to measure temperature and humidity levels as well.
Some models even contain multiple sensors, meaning you can use them to measure different weather conditions for different places, such as your driveway, or even your green house (if you have one).
(c) PC/laptop connection
This connection will allow for automatic recording of crucial weather data for your manipulation. This is extremely crucial if you're particular about weather readings.
(d) Ice alerts
This is the most useful feature of an electronic weather station. The thing will issue warnings of possible ice conditions whenever the temperature drops to the point of creating ice. In fact, this feature is extremely beneficial to those who own gardens, fish ponds, or even cars.
A few examples of products we're talking about:
1) Acu-rite sportsman forecaster
This unit comes with a clear LCD display screen that shows various icons for upcoming hunting/fishing conditions. With the ability or measuring weather elements 24/7, it also gives information on the various moon phases expected. It also gives information on monthly and daily lows. The price is $30 (http://is.gd/bYmygn).
2) Oregon Scientific Advance WS Bar weather station
It predicts weather conditions 12-24 hours in advance. It can also monitor outdoor temperature in up to 4 channels. Lastly, the integrated self-setting atomic clock is also something to marvel about. Get it for $49. (http://is.gd/7PuctP)
3) La Crosse Atomic Moon Phase and forecast clock
This model will display atomic clock time as well as date, monitor indoor and outdoor temperature, let you choose moon phase and forecast model, and many more. The price is also pocket-friendly, as it retails for $39 only. (http://is.gd/6V7LUL)
4) Davis Vantage VUE Pro Weather station
This weather station boasts of its ability to sense and charge through solar energy, transmit data through long range wireless transmission, and many more. It also includes integrated weather sensor suite. It's the most expensive of all, as the price starts at $400. (http://is.gd/RDp28B)
5) Cabela's Wireless Forecast Station
This model can measure both indoor and outdoor temperature, track weather conditions and present up-to-the-minute forecasts, plus predict conditions in local zones. The price is $30. (http://is.gd/ecr80x)
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