Weather Stations

A weather station is a device that collects data on the weather and environment using sensors. They range from simple, analogue, clock-like instruments to advanced digital, wireless devices which in recent years have got smaller, smarter and cheaper. Now they’re a popular home gadget with a variety of uses.

Weather station sensors usually include at least a thermometer to take temperature readings and a barometer to measure atmospheric pressure. Other sensors can measure rain, wind, humidity and more. They may also allow you to create an alarm according to set parameters which is extremely useful if you grow plants, or fruit and veg.

A typical digital station comes with one or more sensors that are placed outside, and a display unit that is portable or left inside. The sensors can be wired or wireless. As well as forecasts based on air pressure, a digital weather station will generally be able to indicate temperature both indoors and out, but many are able to sense and display a lot more.

Analogue weather stations are often traditional, clock-like instruments. Like their digital counterparts, they can predict and display the current conditions, though perhaps in not as much detail. But what they lack in features they make up for in decorative appeal.

Forecasting

In addition to current conditions, a weather station may be able to predict future weather and warn of approaching storms, notifying you when a rain event has begun, or of potential flood conditions. They may also allow you to create an alarm according to set parameters which is extremely useful if you grow plants, or fruit and veg.

Higher-end digital weather stations enable you to monitor a variety of conditions through advanced features that draw on data from several sensors and produce accurate forecasts. Some even come with instruments that measure soil and water temperature, ultraviolet light and soil moisture.

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