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Old 01-10-2012, 09:11 AM   #11
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I’m posting an exchange with a gentleman named Steve who, apparently, is quite knowledgeable on the subject, assisted me greatly, and saved me from blowing $150 on junk…
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We've had models similar to that over the years, as well as wireless rain gauges and wireless outdoor thermometers. We wanted to go to the next step and get something that kept track of what the weather was right now right here, so we bought a full-fledges weather station.

After looking at inexpensive models, super expensive models, and everything in between, we decided to get a Davis Vantage Pro 2 with 24 hour FARS (fan aspirated radiation shield). I mounted the anemometer on a Radio Shack tripod and 10-foot mast on my second floor roof, and the rest of the system on a galvanized post next to my garden. Both use solar panels to charge Li-Ion batteries to transmit their signal to the console on the wall in my kitchen. I also have it connected to my computer, so I can keep track of all my readings, trends over time, rain this August vs last August, etc. I like charts

Aside from the computer connection, it is all self-powered other than occasionally replacing batteries (which I have in abundance), so it should work in most SHTF situations.

Like yours, Our weather station only tells us what is happening now (or in the past) here in my yard, and I can set alarms for any parameter, such as freezing, high wind, etc., and it does only rudimentary forecasting (in other words, completely disregard the forecast...) I rely on my First Alert WX-150 for potential hazardous weather, and the local TV web page for the forecast for the next few days.

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That's quite a unit, what is the cost Steve?

I was thinking of one of these... https://www.lacrossetechnology.com/1612ch/index.php
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That's quite a unit, what is the cost Steve?

I was thinking of one of these... https://www.lacrossetechnology.com/1612ch/index.php
Well, if ya gotta ask...

Nah, but quite a bit more than the Lacrosse that you've linked. Anywhere from $263 for the one-piece Vantage Vue to $800 for the top of the line Vantage Pro2 Plus w/24 hr FARS. Accessories cost more, such as the bits to connect it to your computer if you want that option. Not the cheapest route, but extremely accurate and long lasting. It is a BIG unit! That main piece is probably 18" tall and about 8" diameter. Here's a link to one o f the best priced sources.
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I read the specs, and read reviews, and decided, like many things, I'd rather spend more and get a really good one now instead of wishing I had later. People have had the previous version running for a decade or more. Reviews of the most popular inexpensive unit from Ambient Weather have they needing parts replace inside a year. But the accuracy is what really swayed me. The anemometer sends wind speed and direction to the console every 2.5 seconds. Most other models are from 20 seconds to 3 minutes. Imagine having a strong wind gust blowing, and you won't know how fast it was because your anemometer won't send out the next reading for another 40 seconds or so.

And if I'm gonna spend this much to get a good unit, I want it accurate. Here's a spec sheet comparing several models:
http://ambientweather.wikispaces.com/Weather+Station+Comparison+Guide

Probably more than you wanted to know. This was my wife and my birthday/anniversary gift to ourselves for last year.
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Steve,

Thanks man you're great...that info was a huge assist.

I am so glad I didn't waste my $$$ on a La Crosse. I will have to wait a bit to purchase but I have decided upon the Davis 6250 Vantage Vue Davis 6250 - Vantage Vue (US Version and Units) [6250] - $263.00 : Archer Trading Post, Always on Target

The Vantage Vue got an overall rating of excellent and no category rating below good.http://ambientweather.wikispaces.com/Weather+Station+Comparison+Guide?f=print

Thanks a million...

Ken
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You're on the right track - the Davis 6250 has a barometer! Looks like a good unit.

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Y'uns dont need t'go an spend all that thar moneys. Make one fer yurself, simpul 'nuff.

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Hey folks, thank you all for the valuable input.

I believe, the more I look into it, that the Davis 6250 Vantage Vue IS the way to go for me (thanks again Steve). Davis 6250 - Vantage Vue (US Version and Units) [6250] - $263.00 : Archer Trading Post, Always on Target

A weather junkie I'm not but I like the thought of reliably and accurately monitoring the weather and having the alarm options. This setup is about as involved as I want to get. If you're going to do something, do it right...and that's why I enjoy having that La Crosse Technology Atomic Digital Wall Clock for accurate time. The Davis system seems to be right as well...

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Not to drag up an old thread but go to http://www.wunderground.com/ and look up your location. If you do get a weather station consider adding it to the weather underground website.

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I will look into that sir, thanks.

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Where are you located? Nigeria?
Nope. chandigarh, india
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No barometric pressure? A rising or falling barometer gives you a day or two of forecast.

Yes it has barometric pressure also
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