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kilogulf59 01-09-2012 04:32 PM

Home Weather Stations
 
My apologies if I placed this in the wrong board...
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A few years back one or all of my kids got me/us a La Crosse Technology Atomic Digital Wall Clock with Moon & IN/OUT Temp for Christmas and we love it.

http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/4932/zzz99.jpg

• IN / OUT Temp
• 12 Moon Phases
• Time Alarm with Snooze
• 4 Languages: English, French, German and Spanish

Dimensions:
Receiver: 8" x 12.2" x 1.18"
Sensor: 5.05 " x 1.5" x .83"

All Features:
• Wireless outdoor temperature (°F or °C)
• Monitors indoor temperature (°F or °C)
• 12 Moon phases
• Atomic time and date with manual setting
• Automatically updates for Daylight Saving Time (on/off option)
• 12/24 hour time display
• Perpetual calendar
• Time zone setting
• Time alarm with snooze
• 4 languages to choose from: English, French, German, Spanish
• Wall hanging or free standing
• Low Battery Icon for Both Units

Specifications:
• Wireless outdoor temperature range: -39.8°F to 139.8 °F (-39.8°C to 59.8 °C)
• Indoor Temperature Range: 14.1 °F to 100 °F (-9.9°C to 37.8 °C)
• Moon phase: 12 phases
• Transmission range: Up to 330 Feet
• Transmission frequency: 915 MHz
• Power Requirements:
• Clock: 2 "AA" Alkaline batteries
• Wireless sensor: 2 "AA" Alkaline batteries
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What we really would like is a more extensive unit, on with the weather alarm and such. Now these can get quite expensive and I would like a reliable one as we are in somewhat of a severe T-storm/tornado area…

Any suggestion from users?

BTW, I think everyone should have one of these, especially us country folk…incase our weather beetle dies…

ofitg 01-09-2012 05:08 PM

Interesting topic.... to me, at least, I spent several years working Meteorology in the USAF. I'm not sure that this field would be immediately useful in a personal survival scenario.

Perhaps the ability to make good 24-hour forecasts would come in handy?

kilogulf59 01-09-2012 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ofitg (Post 672079)
Perhaps the ability to make good 24-hour forecasts would come in handy?

I think so...

Sonic82 01-09-2012 05:30 PM

I've always wanted one, but heard the quality is really hit and miss. Sounds like yours is a good one.

trip286 01-09-2012 06:33 PM

My inlaws have one and they love it.

Personally, I can look out the window and tell what the weather will do for the day, for the most part.

If I go outside and sniff, I'm quite a bit more accurate.

I can totally see where a 4 or 5 day forecast would be beneficial to a home business (in certain fields) but in a survival situation, I don't know that it would be that necessary.

kilogulf59 01-09-2012 07:54 PM

I was thinking of one of these...what's the difference between these three???

https://www.lacrossetechnology.com/1516/index.php

https://www.lacrossetechnology.com/1612/index.php

https://www.lacrossetechnology.com/1612ch/index.php

I wish they had a "compare" thingie...I'm going cockeyed...

ofitg 01-09-2012 08:50 PM

One of my CO's from "way back then" told me that the Navy had published an excellent study on Single Station Analysis. I think I located that publication online - HathiTrust Digital Library - Single station analysis and forecasting techniques; handbook. ... - but looking through the table of contents, it appears to be geared toward people who have formal training in Meteorology.

One of the best "forecasting" tools for the average guy is a book called The Sager Weathercaster (if you can find one for sale). It contains several pages of tables and instructions, plus a circular-sliderule gizmo which allows you to input various observed parameters (sky condition, pressure, wind) and then outputs a 24-hour forecast.

I expect you could find equivalent software tools, but I'm "old school", I don't like relying on computers/electronics unless absolutely necessary.

Pasquanel 01-09-2012 09:49 PM

The three you are looking at are all similar I have the WS-2810U-IT and love it!
I check it every morning before I leave the house and the software included keeps a log of all the high/lows and the precipitation amounts
wind speeds and direction etc.

bgeddes 01-10-2012 01:30 AM

No barometric pressure? A rising or falling barometer gives you a day or two of forecast.

TLuker 01-10-2012 02:42 AM

I never paid much attention to the weather until I got caught in a tornado while out rambling one day. My blood pressure goes up a little to this day when I hear a clap of thunder. I watch the barometer pretty close now and that definitely looks like a handy device to have.


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