1. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Après topics.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

weather stations

Discussion in 'Daily & Chat' started by Donza, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Messages:
    72,779
    Likes Received:
    16,618
    Location:
    wollongong
    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.
     
  2. Claude Cat

    Claude Cat On my bike Moderator Ski Pass: Platinum

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    124,537
    Likes Received:
    73,596
    Location:
    Canterbury, Vic
    I have a La Crosse Weather Station, but it is battery powered.
    AC powered seems overkill for a van?
     
  3. Claude Cat

    Claude Cat On my bike Moderator Ski Pass: Platinum

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    124,537
    Likes Received:
    73,596
    Location:
    Canterbury, Vic
  4. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Messages:
    72,779
    Likes Received:
    16,618
    Location:
    wollongong
  5. Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 1970
    Messages:
    31,833
    Likes Received:
    17,799
    Location:
    Blue Mts
    Davis is good.
     
    POW_hungry and Claude Cat like this.
  6. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Messages:
    72,779
    Likes Received:
    16,618
    Location:
    wollongong
    But $$$$
     
  7. Claude Cat

    Claude Cat On my bike Moderator Ski Pass: Platinum

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    124,537
    Likes Received:
    73,596
    Location:
    Canterbury, Vic
    La Crosse is somewhere in-between.
     
  8. SnowBound

    SnowBound One of Us

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2007
    Messages:
    1,628
    Likes Received:
    1,913
    Location:
    Northern Beaches, Sydney
    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.
     
  9. Claude Cat

    Claude Cat On my bike Moderator Ski Pass: Platinum

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    124,537
    Likes Received:
    73,596
    Location:
    Canterbury, Vic
    Strange. Ours has been fine for 3 years.
    Sometimes syncing the base with the sensor after a battery change can be fiddly
     
  10. trappers

    trappers Safety not guaranteed Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 1999
    Messages:
    40,055
    Likes Received:
    6,423
    Location:
    An airport
  11. Balsta

    Balsta One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2012
    Messages:
    656
    Likes Received:
    1,119
    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.
     
  12. ice_man

    ice_man One of Us

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2008
    Messages:
    4,036
    Likes Received:
    225
    Location:
    Melbourne
    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 :(
     
  13. StuckinQld

    StuckinQld Addicted

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2009
    Messages:
    866
    Likes Received:
    230
    Location:
    Hunter Valley / Newcastle ish
    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?
     
    SMSkier likes this.
  14. Trail Blazer

    Trail Blazer Part of the Furniture

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2000
    Messages:
    10,916
    Likes Received:
    1,062
    Location:
    Jimi on Weatherzone. Pymble, Sydney
    Davis are still the most common of the top level non-professional stations. They are expensive though and internet connectivity is not as simple as it probably should be.

    https://www.ryda.com.au/davis-weather.html

    I’ve got a basic Oregon one which I will upgrade in the next few years
     
    POW_hungry, StuckinQld and Claude Cat like this.
  15. StuckinQld

    StuckinQld Addicted

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2009
    Messages:
    866
    Likes Received:
    230
    Location:
    Hunter Valley / Newcastle ish
    My parents have a Davis one. My family work in the area of IT so navigating any connectivity issues isn’t a problem for them. I like simple.
     
  16. Trail Blazer

    Trail Blazer Part of the Furniture

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2000
    Messages:
    10,916
    Likes Received:
    1,062
    Location:
    Jimi on Weatherzone. Pymble, Sydney
    No doubt you'll easily sort it out, it's just that rather than just being wifi enabled or similar, I think you need to buy a separate data logger and possibly a module with a SIM card. It's all a bit weird (and expensive) for 2019... I was sort of hoping they'd join the 21st century before I bought one
     
    Claude Cat and POW_hungry like this.
  17. Ted Harper

    Ted Harper One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2000
    Messages:
    2,473
    Likes Received:
    5,964
    Location:
    Palm Beach or Smiggins
    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.
     
    JM72, POW_hungry, StuckinQld and 2 others like this.
  18. Xwing

    Xwing One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2016
    Messages:
    1,136
    Likes Received:
    1,641
    I can see my weather station from my bedroom window....it is a BOM AWS and is located about 150m away in a straight line. Pity it is only at 7m above sea level.
     
    Trail Blazer and StuckinQld like this.
  19. Mufts

    Mufts Potato Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2004
    Messages:
    4,491
    Likes Received:
    3,550
    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
     
  20. POW_hungry

    POW_hungry Old n' Crusty Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 28, 2000
    Messages:
    21,048
    Likes Received:
    30,712
    Location:
    Eastern Burbs of Sydney
    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.
     
    Mufts likes this.
  21. Claude Cat

    Claude Cat On my bike Moderator Ski Pass: Platinum

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    124,537
    Likes Received:
    73,596
    Location:
    Canterbury, Vic
    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.
     
    Mufts likes this.
  22. luvthabumps

    luvthabumps A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2006
    Messages:
    9,209
    Likes Received:
    5,127
    Location:
    Back in MEL ( with annual trips to the 604 )
    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?
     
  23. POW_hungry

    POW_hungry Old n' Crusty Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 28, 2000
    Messages:
    21,048
    Likes Received:
    30,712
    Location:
    Eastern Burbs of Sydney
    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...
     
    Majikthise and luvthabumps like this.
  24. POW_hungry

    POW_hungry Old n' Crusty Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 28, 2000
    Messages:
    21,048
    Likes Received:
    30,712
    Location:
    Eastern Burbs of Sydney
    Majikthise likes this.
  25. craighelo

    craighelo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    529
    Likes Received:
    425
    Location:
    Cromwell