There are lots of quality weather stations on the market. These are our favorites...
WeatherFlow Smart Weather Stations
WeatherFlow has developed a new class of weather stations - unique, easy to install and a lower cost alternative to what is currently on the market without sacrificing accuracy or quality. Smart Weather Stations have no moving parts, can auto-calibrate, and offer a full range of weather observations. Have instant data in the palm of your hands with the Smart Weather app. Watch the wind in real time with an ultrasonic anemometer. Connect your station online and use your weather data like never before with IFTTT services, Amazon Alexa and Google Home integrations and much more.
Check out our own Smart Weather Stations.
Customer product review: https://youtu.be/m-u-wvZBqnk
RAINWISE Weather Stations
The Rainwise package comes with a network interface that hooks directly to your internet connection so you don't need a dedicated computer to automatically upload your data to WeatherFlow and see your data freely through any of our applications. Here is the link to the RainWise Package. Rainwise can ship globally.
Davis Weather Stations
We have an agreement with a weather station distributor to give a package including a reliable OTC (over the counter) weather station AND a simple interface to upload the data directly to WeatherFlow. Click here to check it out.
This package includes hardware called the WeatherHub2 that connects directly to the weather station and your router to upload data to us without requiring the use of your computer. If you already have a MeteoHub or WeatherHub: Update your software to upload directly to WeatherFlow.
International: Davis Instruments has international retailers that can help you. Click here to locate a retailer in your region. The MeteoHub2 is the easiest way to interface with lots of weather stations and upload the data directly to WeatherFlow. Unfortunately, there is no international package that includes both the weather station and the MeteoHub2. Here are some international options for the MeteoHub2.
Siting your sensors:
Proper siting is vital to collecting collecting data that is most representative of the conditions at your location.
Siting can be fairly complicated. Since WeatherFlow is primarily focused on wind data, here are some guidelines for ideal anemometer placement:
- Place the anemometer on a dedicated mast at 10 meters (33 feet) height.
- 3.3 meters (10 feet) above the tallest obstruction in installing on a building.
- 360 degrees of clear exposure around the instrument.
- No obstructions in a 1 to 10 height to distance ratio. (10m height would need 100m radius of no obstructions at the same height)
In reality, you will likely have to sacrifice a bit on the siting, unless you have a very ideal and isolated location (like a navigational aid in the water). Make sure you keep the station exposed and clear to the most frequent wind directions and do your best to get it above obstructions. You can upload notes about your station to the WeatherFlow interface so that others can better interpret the data coming from your location. If you have any questions or need help, contact us as we have been installing weather stations for decades and can assist.