In early January I went back to collect the data from 2019 and had a bit of a problem. In past years, I was able to pull all the data back off of the Weather Underground website, but they had changed their policies and now I couldn’t get the entire year of data at once. I was able to get the data, but I had to pull down each month separately. This was more cumbersome and took more manual work by me. That data is posted here: 2019 Weather Data
In addition to this new problem, there were a number of holes in the data due to the power going out and the station losing connection with its link inside the house. So I set out to take a look at some newer weather stations and their interfaces.
After a few days of review, I decided on the “Ambient Weather” WS-2000 weather station. This station came with a console that displayed the data and the console interfaces wirelessly with our wireless network to upload the data. The console has a slot for a micro SD card for storing data, which is something I was looking for. I also bought a small UPS and plugged the console into it, so that even if the power is out for a few hours, data will continue to be collected.
I purchased the station direct from Ambient Weather and it arrived a few days later. That next weekend I did the little bit of assembly that was required, installed three AA batteries (not provided) and it was then ready to be mounted on the pole. By the way, it runs off of three AA batteries and has a solar panel on top. They recommend non-rechargeable batteries be used, and I used Energizer Ultimate Lithium, which they recommended.
I removed the pole from the post it was attached to, and removed the old weather station. I installed the new station and re-attached the pole and then went inside to check out the readings on the console, but there were none. For some reason it wasn’t communicating with it. I had to play with it, ultimately telling the console to reset itself to its defaults, and then it worked. This took me an hour or so. I think my problem was that I programmed the console the night before installation, and before the console and station connected. Resetting the console fixed the connection problem.
As a side note, while waiting for the weekend, it hit me to wonder if the station should be pointed to True North or magnetic North. Of course the internet came to the rescue and said that True North should be used. In my area there is a 16° difference, so it would make a big difference for wind readings.
In order to finish setting up the console, it needed some information on latitude and longitude as well as height above sea level. I used my iPhone to capture that data, leaving it sit in one spot for 10-15 minutes. The position is not precise but it’s within 16 feet, according to the iPhone.
This weather station, in addition to capturing all of the outside data (wind speed, gusts, temperature, relative humidity, sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset as well as phase, and precipitation), can also capture multiple sensors that can be placed inside and outside the home. They have to be within range of the console, which it says can be up to 300 feet away. I purchased four external sensors. I placed one in the living room, one on the outside porch, one in my shop and one in Rose’s craft shed. The console also came with a sensor that I placed in our bedroom.
In addition to the console, Ambient Weather has an iOS app. The app shows all of the same data the console provides, even the remote sensors, so we can check it from anywhere.
I have had the new weather station since the middle of January and have been happy with it. I have the console in the bedroom on my nightstand and I look at it often. I purchased a small UPS to power the console, should the power go off. It was a good idea because the power did go out 3-4 times since January, but with the UPS attached and providing backup power, it kept recording the data.
I am very pleased with the WS-2000 weather station and I would recommend it highly. It was easy to assemble, mount, and program the console.
Cost: $290 for the weather station and console. Extra remote sensors about $8 each.
I am a retired naval officer and an engineer who still works for the Navy. I have always been fond of technology and like to be an early adopter of many technologies. I have created this Blog to share some reviews and my insights and thoughts. There will also be some other random bits here and there.