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Looking for weather station recommendations

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by tygab, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. tygab

    tygab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone here have a good weather station that they use in conjunction with monitoring the coop?

    I would ideally like one that has the usuals, and is/has:
    -wireless
    -up to 3 outdoor sensors (barn, coop, and just outdoors), so good range, maybe 200ft necessary.
    -humidity
    -barometric pressure and whether its rising or falling

    I don't need to know wind speeds but maybe that's a standard thing once you get into ones with barometers....

    Anyway, what weather stations do you have and what are your favorite features on it?
    What features do you never use (if any)?

    I know prices range greatly too. I think it's safe to say I'm not going for the most expensive, nor the cheapest. Something in the middle...

    Thanks!
     
  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    I got my wife one from Oregon scientific WMR968. Its wireless has a 200-300 foot range and came with 1 remote sensor but you can purchase extras it will except up to 3. Right now the remote sensor is in our breeders coop so I can see its currently 32 degrees warmer inside the coop than is is outside. it also has alarm settings so if it gets below a preset temp it will alert us.
    We don't use the rain gauge that much, mainly cause it's frozen about 6 months out of the year. the wind speed and direction indicator are nice for planning future coops. It downloads to our computer every couple of minutes and is even set to download to the Internet.
    If you go to weatherunderground.com and type in Sterling, Alaska or zip code 99672 that's our system giving you the current weather information.
     
  3. tygab

    tygab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's awesome, I just checked it. I will check out the model you mentioned as it sounds like it may be about what I am looking for. I definitely want to be able to share via wunderground too.

    Is the base station then always connected to your computer by USB?
     
  4. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    The base station can be either stand alone or connected to the computer via serial port.
     
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    It's nice... [​IMG]
    It is connected to the back of my computer (which is always on) with a serial port, but I think there's an option for USB. It has just about everything you could want. [​IMG] It has solar bases for the individual sensors, in addition to batteries. The only downside is that here in the winter there isn't enough sunlight to charge them, and the extreme cold rips through the batteries in no time. But if you're in a more temperate zone, you should be fine.
    The instructions for connecting to WeatherUnderground are pretty straight forward, too. Heck, I did it... [​IMG]
     

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