Ben was about to step out of his farmhouse to go pick a few things from the shopping mall. It was a cloudy, but pleasant day. So he and his daughters had decided to arrange a small farm picnic. His elder daughter, Sarah, had listed out a few things they would need for the outing. Ben was going to shop for those items. As he stepped out, he felt a strong gust of wind hit his face. Out of curiosity, he decided to check the wireless weather station installed in his living room. What he saw made him turn back and rush to his daughters' rooms. He picked them both and ran out of the house. It showed clear signs of a tornado heading towards their area. They all got in the car and drove off to safety.
Watching the weather forecast on television, or reading the weather report in a newspaper gives us a general idea of the weather of our area or district. Many times, the forecast reports don't match the weather that we experience outside our homes. That is because, the condition of the air is not necessarily the same as that in nearby areas. Weather circumstances mainly depend on the condition of the air, as well as the effect of the sun and water on it. These factors differ from place to place, and so does the weather.
A home weather station gives you a more personalized weather report of your immediate surrounding area. Since it is wireless, there is no installation and wiring trouble. It can be moved from one place to another, as long as the specified range of the base equipment from the outdoor sensor is maintained. The sensor is placed outside the house, and transmits signals to the base equipment inside the house. The accuracy of this system can be increased by increasing the number of sensors. The data captured by the sensors is summed up and an average value is obtained.
The whole setup is portable and can be taken along when traveling. It has an inbuilt antenna that helps to update the weather station's clock according to the national atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado. It has a digital display that shows indoor temperature, indoor humidity, outdoor temperature, barometric pressure, moon phases, and the time and date as well. Its flexibility extends to display the weather report for the next twelve to twenty hours in advance. These systems are small in size and do not occupy too much of your room space. Some products monitor all local meteorological department bulletins, warnings, and watches, while some receive all information on severe weather conditions, civil emergencies, hazards, and evacuation details. A few products give audible and visual alert signals as well.
Here are a few criteria to be considered when you choose a wireless weather station for your home.
- Check whether the features provided by the equipment suits your requirement.
- See if the complexity of the whole setup suits your surroundings.
- The equipment must provide the desired degree of precision.
- Replacement parts of the device should be easily available.
- Confirm the compatibility with other equipment, if the brands are different.