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Any suggestions ?

Want one for down the van in jindy. Mains and AC powered. Not too crazy expensive.
Anemometer would be a cool luxury.
want good wifi remote sensors.
 

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I bought a La Crosse weather station for christmas and the sensor blew itself up. Thinking it was just that product, i took it back and got another and the exact thing happened again.
 

Claude Cat

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I bought a La Crosse weather station for christmas and the sensor blew itself up. Thinking it was just that product, i took it back and got another and the exact thing happened again.

Strange. Ours has been fine for 3 years.
Sometimes syncing the base with the sensor after a battery change can be fiddly
 

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I got given this one for Christmas http://m.jaycar.com.au/m_productView.asp?ID=XC0348

Had it up for about 6 weeks now, seems to work fine. Has solar charger with rechargeable batteries which is good.

One small issue\annoyance I have with it, is that the LCD panel doesn't display history, I.e. you only get to see rain fall for the last hour not for entire day, for that you need to have it connected to your computer.
 

ice_man

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I have an Oregon scientific wmr200 with 3 temp sensors, anemometer, rain bucket and pool sensor ... it works really well but software is a bit lacking. I upload everything thing with wx data logger

Uploaded here: http://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IWESTERN361#history

Same one I've got. Temp sensor stopped working after 2 years, rain gauge after 18 months. Bought a new temp sensor which has been going strong for 3 years until November last year when I moved to an apartment and have no space for it :(
 

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Hi, digging up a bit of an old post, but I hadn’t seen any more recently. We have just moved out to our rural property and are looking to set up a weather station. It gets VERY windy here, so being very sturdy and durable is important, plus I’m keen to see how windy it really gets. Looking to be of sufficient standard to upload to Wundergound potentially. So, what are people using these days?
 
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Sir Surfalot

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I have a Netatmo system at home - indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity sensors, plus I bought their add-on rain gauge a couple of years ago then their anemometer about 6 months ago. The rain gauge is the normal tipping-cup sort (which seems to get issues with spider webs and dust/crap in the air when it hasn’t rained much - like at present, no other problems at all with it though) and the anemometer is some ultrasonic sort of one with no moving parts, rather than the normal spinning cups and directional vane).

The main unit - which does the indoor temperature and humidity- connects to WiFi and needs power (micro USB - come with a plug pack and cable) and the other units are all AA or AAA batteries, connect via some private 2.4GHz protocol to the main unit, and seem to have at least 30m range through just about any sort of walls or other barriers. The batteries last for ages (9 months to almost 2 years!). I don’t think it works with Wunderground, but it is a good system.

I used to have a Davis system and it was very well made, but the computer interface was a bit clunky (100% reliable but clunky). I would assume in the decade or so since I bought it they would have advanced a fair way on that front, so I could only agree with the recommendations above that Davis would be a good choice.
 

Mufts

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Re-visiting this thread.
Recommendations for home weather station with accurate auto rain gauge. Pros and Cons of different kinds, AC vs Battery etc.
Want it to upload data to cloud for historical tracking.
Want it to have a digital read out on display inside
Want it to have an online display I can check from anywhere.
Looking at max price of $500

Something like this?
https://www.instrumentchoice.com.au...MIsIrF9baR6QIVzH4rCh2ojgnzEAkYASABEgIj__D_BwE
 

POW Hungry

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Re-visiting this thread.
Recommendations for home weather station with accurate auto rain gauge. Pros and Cons of different kinds, AC vs Battery etc.
Want it to upload data to cloud for historical tracking.
Want it to have a digital read out on display inside
Want it to have an online display I can check from anywhere.
Looking at max price of $500

Something like this?
https://www.instrumentchoice.com.au...MIsIrF9baR6QIVzH4rCh2ojgnzEAkYASABEgIj__D_BwE
I don’t think you’ll find better value for under $500 on that instrument.
Should do the job.
Have no experience with La Crosse though, sorry, but see if @Claude Cat still has his La Crosse to comment on.
 
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Claude Cat

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Yeh, I have the old La Crosse, still works fine.
Measurment of rainfall can be iffy, but that's probably more an artifact of our location (we have lots of large trees around us and depending upon where the weather comes from it can affect what it catches.
 
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POW Hungry

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I want to put something on the balcony at Buller. Not sure but maybe we might be able to link data to the cam as well possibly. Happy to spend up to $500 on something that can handle the harsh environment up here. Suggestions?
Crowd fund it here and get a top of wazza Davis.
I reckon you’ll get contributions to not only pay for the unit but also the install and your time...
 

CoastalStorm35

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I have finally set up my weather station in the new rental, I was spurred on by the upcoming heat. It only reached 25.1C according to it today after a cool night of 14.2C, much closer to Terrey Hills (24.8C) than Obs Hill (28.2C), which at least gives me some confidence that it's in a good spot.

The elevation here is about 161m.

I had a max of 25.2c on my Davis for Lane Cove yesterday, so almost the same as you Jimi, my stations sits at bang on 100m on the roof of our 8 story building and is very exposed in all directions.

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Are you uploading your data to the web?
 
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CoastalStorm35

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CS35 I see you have a later model than mine with the newer rain bucket.

Beautiful morning here; 29/21 on my Vantage Pro 2 with barely a puff of wind and no clouds. And the promise of a string of similar days to follow. This is what Summer is all about.

Yes, bought mine when we moved here in April 2017, just as well as the wind blows almost constantly up there. If you were to by a VP2 now they've ditched the tipping buckets altogether and have replaced them with a tipping spoon assembly, similar to the Vue's but better one would hope.
 

connells

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While we're sitting around waiting for this heat...

Do you need to buy a separate module to get the data online? I could never quite figure that out with the Davis stations.
Davis used to have software called Weatherlink that you installed on your computer and could upload to Weather Underground.
It was Windows only as far as I could tell.
They have since replaced that with some online version but I have never looked into it.

I connect my console to an Ubuntu operated computer and looked for alternatives. There are a few out there and the one I settled with was weewx which is Ubuntu only as far as I can tell. weewx is free and has a strong community of contributors. It is written in Python and highly customisable if that's your thing.
Also it can upload to most of the online weather sites. I use weewx to contribute to Wunderground, AWEKAS, PWS and WOW.

If you're a Windows or Mac user I'm not sure if weewx is an option.
 
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CoastalStorm35

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While we're sitting around waiting for this heat...

Do you need to buy a separate module to get the data online? I could never quite figure that out with the Davis stations.

Sadly yes, to get your data online these days you'd need to purchase a "Weatherlink Live" module which you can use with or without a console nowadays, however if you want access to your historical data to generate graphs/charts that's another $70 p/a subscription fee you need to pay Davis, big rip off if you ask me. I'm sure there are other ways you can get your data online that I'm not aware of as well.
 
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connells

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Sadly yes, to get your data online these days you'd need to purchase a "Weatherlink Live" module which you can use with or without a console nowadays, however if you want access to your historical data to generate graphs/charts that's another $70 p/a subscription fee you need to pay Davis, big rip off if you ask me. I'm sure there are other ways you can get your data online that I'm not aware of as well.
So you have to pay them to contribute your own data from equipment you bought from them?o_O

There's a cost for Davis to host all that data on AWS or Azure and to have a team of techies to maintain their offering. However I'm not sure $70 per contributor is close to the pro rata figure.
 

CoastalStorm35

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So you have to pay them to contribute your own data from equipment you bought from them?o_O

There's a cost for Davis to host all that data on AWS or Azure and to have a team of techies to maintain their offering. However I'm not sure $70 per contributor is close to the pro rata figure.

That's my understanding, yes. Sorry my mistake, the cost for the PRO membership is $58AU on current exchange rates not the previously quoted $70, although their PRO+ is $80AU p/a.
 

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I thought I'd resurrect this after we strayed off topic in the heatwave thread.

I eventually want to get a 'good' station. Something like a Davis. But the online connectivity being so clunky - requiring extra modules and subscriptions - is a turn off. Especially when some of the more simple ones like Netatmo have all the wifi connectivity seamless.

- Has anyone other than connells got a Davis station uploading data online 24/7? If so, how did you do it and how much did it cost over and above the station itself?
- Are there other alternatives of a similar quality and price point (or cheaper)?

I am only really interested in temp, rain and wind. I have a serviceable Oregon Scientific one now but it lacks connectivity and it probably isn't as accurate - even though I have mounted everything in good areas - as better equipment.
 

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I thought I'd resurrect this after we strayed off topic in the heatwave thread.

I eventually want to get a 'good' station. Something like a Davis. But the online connectivity being so clunky - requiring extra modules and subscriptions - is a turn off. Especially when some of the more simple ones like Netatmo have all the wifi connectivity seamless.

- Has anyone other than connells got a Davis station uploading data online 24/7? If so, how did you do it and how much did it cost over and above the station itself?
- Are there other alternatives of a similar quality and price point (or cheaper)?

I am only really interested in temp, rain and wind. I have a serviceable Oregon Scientific one now but it lacks connectivity and it probably isn't as accurate - even though I have mounted everything in good areas - as better equipment.

I've got a Davis VP2 that uploads here: http://www.bellingenweather.org/

I paid for the station and the weatherlink add-on that gives me a usb out from the station...no ongoing costs for the station. I use Cumulus weather software that is still actively developed and is donation / free. I've also just added a Davis air monitor and Cumulus have already got the tags for it - you can see the data on the front page and in the trends graphs.
Data is uploaded every 15 seconds for the guages and every couple of minutes for other pages. It also uploads to a few other sites - Windy, BoM, UK Met, Wunderground etc.
 

Jaeger

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I've had my WH-3081 since 2015; it's done alright - once I worked around the bugs.

The anemometer failed last month (probably the bearing), so it's probably time to upgrade to something new.

Is there a recommended weather station hardware thread?
 

GS

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Altronics are offering a new Weather Station;

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I installed one without too much drama, wireless connection to outdoor multi sensor unit and allows connection to home wifi which in turn downloads data to an app on your phone. Normal small issues with the written instructions but I was succesful on second attempt. Liiterature incorrectly claims touchscreen (it's not) and some confusion on the box regarding batteries required (needs at least 3 x AA, and optionally 2xAA for display)
Time will tell how accurate and durable the unit is.
 

KylePee

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Ok brains trust. How good/bad would it be to place a station on our flat 2nd floor roof? The second best option available would be the garage roof which would rule out meaningful wind data but still some useful rain data
 

Jaeger

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I've had my WH-3081 since 2015; it's done alright - once I worked around the bugs.

The anemometer failed last month (probably the bearing), so it's probably time to upgrade to something new.

Is there a recommended weather station hardware thread?

Whatever the glitch was with the anemometer seems to have fixed itself for now.

I'll check the bearings on my next visit.
 
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