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Personal weather station

Postby jeffharrington » Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:17 am

I am new to this community. I would also like to know which weather station should I buy to use at home. I stumbled upon this blog Best Weather Station to Buy in 2018 and would like to know if these are good choices? Thanks for your help.
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Re: Personal weather station

Postby Canada Goose » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:35 am


Definitely, Vantage Pro 2 and only this one. ;)

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Re: Personal weather station

Postby Abby_wx » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:55 pm

Realistically, the Acu-Rite is probably best for the average person, along with the Vantage Vue for those who want to spend a little bit more.

The Vantage Pro2 may be the most accurate consumer-grade station available, but it's large and not very flexible when it comes to actually installing it. The digital display is also straight from the early 2000's. The Acu-Rite's high-res display is much easier on the eyes. Of course, most Vantage Pro2 users are running software on their computers, so they would be less concerned about the display quality.

Regardless of which station you choose, the most important factor is where you install it. Many of us are very limited in where we can install the sensors, so the accuracy will not be the best regardless of the station you choose.

There's not much point in buying a Vantage Pro2 if you have nowhere decent to install it. Much better off buying something more compact, or with sensors you can locate in different areas. So that's my advice -- be aware of the limitations of your environment, and choose the most suitable option.

Another note about the Vantage Pro2 -- the rain gauge will likely require calibration, and you need a manual rain gauge to do this.
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