Home Weather Tech for More Accurate Forecasts

Home Weather Tech for More Accurate Forecasts

Jeff Heaton
Feb 23, 2012

While we can't promise to make all your days sunny and bright, we can help you make sure you know what you're going out into. Hyper local weather is certainly more useful than a broad swath for your area. And what does 55 degrees with the glossy sun icon hovering over your county mean anyway? Get fine grain forecasts with these weather widgets.

1. La Crosse WS-9047TWC-IT ($49.99)
La Crosse makes a ton of different weather devices, which makes this a good starting point. The kit comes with an included wireless thermometer but other devices can be added that augment the readings. We like the straight forward interface and basic display of practical information. The Weather Channel also puts their stamp on it, though we're not sure what extra that gets you. If you want to start dabbling in the home weather arena this might be the one for you.

2. Acu-Rite 8 Inch Digital Weather Station ($89.98)
Stepping into a little more serious weather gear, this Acu-Rite comes with a three part sensor with a thermometer, a hygrometer, and a wind speed anemometer. The base has a relatively large screen with weather data for the last 24 hours and an self-adjusting atomic clock and calendar. Some features, like the moon phases, aren't necessary but entertaining nonetheless. And if you'd like to skip right to knowing what clothes to wear, Acu-Rite has a model with clothing icons similar to Swackett.

3. Starter Pro Home Weather Forecast Station ($159.99)
Like the La Crosse, Brookstone paired with The Weather Channel to create this home weather station. All the standard features from temperature to barometric pressure are here, but with a rain gauge and anemometer. It also updates every 4 to 16 seconds unlike some models we've tried that can take an hour to show a change. We like the included add-ons for a fraction of the cost of more serious models, especially sense we don't have need for fine grain details over the long term.

4. Davis Wireless Vantage Pro2 ($595)
These instruments are only for the most serious weather nerds. This is home-hobby level gear with a rain collector, temperature and humidity sensors and an anemometer and the ability to add UV, soil moisture and other kinds of detection. The base station comes in wireless (up to 1000 ft.) and wired varieties, though we can't see the wired kind working for as many things. This data can also be logged and analyzed using Davis software. If you grow your own veggies or have lots of land this kind of weather data would certainly be helpful. Or maybe you just really, really secretly want to be Al Roker, either way.

And maybe one day you'll actually be able to feel the weather outside without opening your front door with this haptic weathervane:

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(Image: Flickr user mjtmail under Creative Commons.)

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