Although a personal weather station isn’t too large to manage, we live in a digital era. Today, you don’t have to set time to check your weather station every day and manually update your data on a website. Automated personal weather stations are easily accessible and affordable to weather aficionados like you. They may be a little bit more expensive, but they will do the whole job for you. And what’s better than having not to work but get all the weather data you need?
Components of an Automated Weather Station
- Digital Rain gauge
- Wind vane
- A set of sensors for each instrument
- Digital Touch console to organize and display collected data
Weather Sensors you should buy
Automated home weather stations are programmed to feature a multitude of functions. Some come with applications to make data management easy. As you buy the weather stations, however, make sure that all sensors and functions are worth the costs. You don’t have to pay heavily for a digital weather station. With only $500, you should be able to find an automated weather station that can collect the data you need. At a higher price, you can also find a station that can collect UV intensity levels or data related to specific issues in agriculture.
Not all weather stations are created equal. Automated weather stations don’t have similar sensors either. As you buy the station, be keen to look at the most important weather station. Buy a station with wind speed sensors; temperature, rain and humidity sensors. These areas are after all the most measured by modern home weather stations. Note that the costs you incur will increase depending on the number of weather sensors the station has.
Does the Brand Matter?
When buying an automated weather station, the brand matters a lot. Many personal weather stations sold online come from factories in the Far East. Most of them are from brands little known. Unless you can be certain of after-sale support from the company, buy from a respected manufacturer. As much as you want to buy the station without breaking the bank, you will need accuracy and reliability. Only trusted and reputable manufacturer can promise such a station. After sale support is also important because it assures you that you can get a replacement for any sensors that malfunction.
Benefits of Automated Stations
- Easy and timely data management-Reading data collected by your weather instruments will no longer be hassle. At a glance, and at any time, you can read data from any sensor without getting out of your house. Additionally, maintaining the instruments is done automatically.
- The stations can record and keep records of weather readings over a wide range of time-The station automatically keeps records for each hour, day and month. You also get the maximum and minimum readings for any weather condition from the console easily.
Automatic weather stations are definitely worth their costs. However, you need to take time to research on the best features to make your station most helpful.