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Home Weather Stations and Their Uses

Updated on April 10, 2013

Home weather stations are great for monitoring conditions outside your home.

This could be of importance to you, especially if you are a gardener, and want to be able to keep an eye on changing weather patterns which affect plant growth, or if you are a sailor who wants to know local conditions at sea, then a home weather station could be of interest to you.

Obviously any type of weather forecasting stations will be of interest to anyone who lives in a windy location and is considering going to the expense of installing a wind-powered turbine to generate their own electricity.

The ones I am going to talk about here all feature an anemometer to measure wind speed.

The Honeywell TE923W Deluxe Weather Station features an indoor/oudoor thermometer, wind speed data, a rain gauge, barometer, hygrometer and a measures UV rays with a warning signal should levels become high.

Also features an atomic clock with alarm and snooze functions and within continental U.S.A. connects itself daily to a radio signal transmitted from Fort Collins, Colorado, which will update the time to within a minutes of official government U.S. time. The clock never needs resetting.

It also measures rainfall and has a 12/24 hour weather forecasting capability as well as storing the previous 24 hour barometric pressure readings in a useful chart.

It has an 8 channel capacity and will accept another 4 additional sensors with a range of up to 300 feet from the base station.

Needs 14 AA batteries to run the base unit (not included) and kit contains an AC adaptor and remote control unit.

There are many user reviews for this product and most of them are positive.

The Honeywell TN924W Weather Information Station is incredible. Featuring a nifty little home station that will look good anywhere in either a home of office, this home weather station is the most accurate, and fastest at delivering results, on the market.

You can measure:

  • temperature, and a really wide range - suitable for professional use
  • humidity
  • wind speed and direction
  • rainfall in multiple locations at the same time
  • reads the time accurately by receiving radio signals from the US atomic clock in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • sunrise and sunset calculator
  • built in alarm clock
  • moon phase calendar
  • remote sensors for positioning away from your home or office
  • 24 hour barometric history chart
  • programmable ice alarm
  • usb port and software for connecting to pc.

There are 7 ports for expansion. The weather station comes with three sensors -

  1. a remote anenometer
  2. a remote rain gauge
  3. a remote thermo-hygrometer

but more can be purchased up to a total of 7. They each have a maximum range of 100m (328').

Home weather stations are a great thing to have, especially if you live in an area where the weather can be troublesome, whether that be through ice, hail, snow, strong winds, tornados, storms, or even sunshine and especially hot weather.

You can buy ones with remote sensors that you position away from the house. Too close to the house can give you false readings because the house itself holds a certain amount of heat that will transfer to your sensor.

It is always handy to know the barometric pressure because it can forewarn of sudden changes which can herald an approaching storm, giving you time to batten down the hatches, so to speak.

Temperature is always important, if only to know what clothes to wear that day. Below freezing of course can warn you of icy roads to look out for if you are driving to work.

Actual wind speed is always interesting to know. You know it is blowing a storm, but it is nice to be able to say what speed the wind was that blew the tiles off your roof.

The home weather stations on sale now do so much more than just give you basic readings. They can record these readings and put them on a graph for you. You can download the info directly to your computer for convenience.

Weather watchers should not be without home weather stations.

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      What a super idea, Bob :) Then you would get an alert from inside your home. Fantastic!

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      hillbillybob 7 years ago

      I put the sensor in my greenhouse, great for watching the temp so I can adjust the heat if needed,works great thanks

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      puebloman 7 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      That's it Issy

      My aunty Lil always hung a big piece of seaweed outside the back door. If it curled up (dry) probably dry. If it was slack, put on a mack!

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      I liked listening to the old farmers with their "if the sheep huddle in a corner of the field, rain is coming" or "if the leaves drop off the trees horizontally, it is blowing a hurricane".

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      puebloman 7 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      I shall be getting one of these. My experience of human weather forecasters is that they expect you to believe in climate change, but can't tell you whether or nor to put a mac on in the morning!

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      IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

      I'd love to have one of those. I think I take after my dad, he makes his own rain gauges so he can measure rainfall (and keeps charts!). I would measure everything, and I always keep an eye on the barometric pressure.

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      glendoncaba 7 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      Would be great to have if my son shows a flair for geography.

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