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Will meteorological stations be accurate in hot weather?

Turning Up the Heat on Indoor Weather Stations

It's 100 in the shade where you positioned your remote sensor. Will the heat fry your indoor weather station through your wireless connection? Not to worry.

Any heavy-duty professional meteorological weather station has an aspirating fan system that deflects heat radiation.

You've heard it before: Radiation interferes with wireless communications. It also can throw off the temperature readings. Ever notice how, when you leave a car out in the heat, the car's temperature inside is higher than the outside temp?

The aspirating fan acts like a folding cardboard or plastic windshield protector. This means that the indoor weather station sensor stays cool even though the mercury's rising.

So it's not just you. According to your indoor weather station sensor, it's genuinely hot outside.

   
How do I maintain my outdoor weather station?

Outdoor Weather Station Maintenance

You finally have your perfect indoor/outdoor weather station. Don't let your meteorological marvel become a meteorological weather station menace. Some tips to keep stormy weather at bay:

* Ants and other insects aren't hibernating from the cold, they're chewing your outdoor weather station equipment. Use insecticide around your sensors.
* Trim vegetation that can block signals from sensors, unless you're monitoring leaf moisture.
* If your outdoor weather station is cabled, lay the cable in a PVC conduit to prevent animals, contractors, mowers, and your kids from disturbing it.
* Securely tie cables to the wall to prevent wind damage.
* Securely mount wireless sensors to cut down on interference.
* Unplug anemometers or rain gauges with electric heaters in the spring and summer.
* Do not store chemicals near meterological weather station sensors, and don't spill insecticides or other hazards on sensor casings.

Take care of your meterological weather station and you won't have to worry that it will abandon you when the monsoons arrive.

   
Will an analog outdoor weather station work for me?

Weather Without the TV Remote

Although you get as much snow as Canada, you like the idea of trudging out in your furry boots to read the thermometer on your analog outdoor weather station.

Old-fashioned? Nanook of the North? Not you! You just enjoy fresh air and sunshine and, occasionally, snow. Not for you the life of surfing the Weather Channel or the Internet. After all, your ancestors have been reading arrows for centuries.

Some hints before you abandon your hot coffee (no lattes for you) to see if you can get your car out on the road this morning:

--Make sure your outdoor weather station is sheltered in a box against extreme cold. The complete meterological weather station sold commercially usually includes a protective shelter. If not, place your outdoor weatehr station under the eaves.
--Consider investing in an analog indoor weather station too, just in case you can't check your outdoor weather station.
--Manually clean your rain gauge whenever it fills up. You never know what pollution is in those raindrops.

Of course. a digital outdoor weather station could measure the pollution, but you're the rugged healthy outdoor enthusiast. You're a rare, if practically frostbitten breed. Now go thaw in the Starbucks near your office.

   
Do I need a completer indoor weather station to find cold spots?

Infrared Pocket Weather Stations

Baby, it's cold inside. You monitor your indoor weather station night and day but you still can't determine where the cold spots are. All you know is, there's a definite chill somewhere in the upstairs hall. Isd your house haunted?

Before you call Ghostbusters, get an infrared thermometer that can supplement your meteorological weather station. Sensitive infrared thermometers will tell you that your upstairs hall is leaking energy throught the window sash.

But wait...wasn't that window closed just now? No...like most eerie phenomena, this sudden chill has a rational explanation. You notice an overall temperature drop in the house, but you pinpoint a leak in the upstairs hallway, so you seal off the draft.

Ahhh. It feels warmer already.

Wait. Did you just hear footsteps behind you? There's no one else in the house.

Maybe you better take your infrared thermometer and check the rest of the house...or better yet, just watch your indoor weather station. But just in case...who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!

   
Are home meteorological stations energy efficient?

Energy Efficient Home Weather Stations

Oh no, are you contributing to the energy crisis? Should you start walking to work? No, wait...you live two hours away. You leave your computers on all night and have been known to leave the screen door open so all the air conditioning leaks out.

However, you just bought a meteorological weather station. Now you can heat and cool your home and love the earth thanks to the detailed indoor temperature readings. You'll know if too much air escapes out your screen windows and doors.

But wait--is your indoor weather station itself energy-efficient? You might drive a gas guzzler, but you want to do your part.

A meterological weather station saves energy by monitoring your plants (no wasting water with your sprinklers), indoor temp (did you forget energy-efficient insulation?), and even itself. It will monitor its own battery usage, so you can have a handy supply of batteries for both receivers and sensors.

You may not be chosen Environmentalist of the Year, but you can at least do your part to save a little more energy.

   
Is a meteorological weather station good for my college dorm?

Meteorological Weather Station Goes to College

Do you have your checklist for college?

* Reading lamp.
* College logo sweatshirt. Go Blue!
* College mug. Go Clemson Tigers!
* Coffee maker.
* Alarm clock.
* Laptop computer.
* Meteorological weather station.

Hold up. Meteorological weather station? You're a Music Composition major. The only way you'll be interested in the weather is if the university declares a snow day. Plus, you have to plan what to wear so you don't look like a complete freshman.

A meteorological weather station can actually help you at college, especially when you move into an apartment off-campus. Depending on the school, utilities may or may not be included, which means you'll be paying your ecooling or heating bill. Plus, you want to save the environment, don't you? Of course you do. College is a time to engage with the world...and look like an upperclassman who's cool (not sweating).

If your dorm doesn't allow indoor weather stations, do what college students have always done: Bring one anyway. Causing trouble at college is, after all, on your checklist.

   
Can talking weather stations help me if I'm visually impaired?

Talk To Me, Weather Station

You have glaucoma or at the very least need glasses. But you refuse to let it get in the way of your daily activities. If only they didn't make the numbers on your indoor weatehr station so small.

You have options, the same way you can choose to wear bifocals or have Lasik surgery. Two nifty meteorological weatehr station choices for the visually impaired:

1) Talking Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Weather Station
2) Indoor/Outdoor Weather Station with Projection Time and Temp

You can set your Oregon Scientific BAR321HGA Talking Wireless Weather Station to announce the hour and the weather at desired intervals, especially if you're on your own. It's helpful to have another voice in the house other than the TV, the radio and your own off-key singing. The announcement, "8 p.m., 53 degrees, clear skies," or "5 p.m., 43 degrees, thunderstorm coming," will help you stay connected to the weather, especially if you're homebound.

The Lacrosse Wireless Weather Station with Projection Temperature and Time projects the time and temperature onto the ceiling or wall in red letters so you can read the numbers clearly. Just make sure there isn't too much ambient light in the room so you can read the numbers clearly. Set up the indoor weather station receiver to project onto a shadow so you can see the time and temperature clearly.

Your eyesight may be troubling you, but you shouldn't give up your passion for the weather.

   
What meteorological weather stations are best for farmers?

Farm/Home Meteorological Stations

You're a farmer. The few, the proud, the farmers. While you live within miles of a scientific weather station, you don't wait for the radio or your computer to tell you what the soil conditions will be for the next planting season.

You thought of getting a small outdoor weather station just to check the plots closest to the house. After all, you go out every day, rain or shine. But you can't be everywhere, and you need a meteorological weather station that works as hard as you do.

We like Davis Vantage Pro with UV radiation sensors and solar radiation sensors (the sun can be too strong, after all), as well as wireless leaf/soil moisture/temp stations for cornfields. Just make sure to buy wireless signal extenders. Better yet, install your meteorological weather station in a mobile home near the fields.

Oh, and don't forget an agricultural/turf weather management software program to track weather in the growing season you specify.

You've seen Paris...well, Paris, Las Vegas, but you still love the farm. The weather can't take that away, but thanks to an outdoor weather station, you can thrive and feed the world.

   
Can I buy digital professional outdoor weather stations?

Digital Outdoor Weather Station

The only completely-outdoor weather station you see is a mercury thermometer, weather vane and journal. What hope is there for a digital diva who likes to track the weather?

You can take your digital weather station out in your backyard the way you would if you lived on a farm. You do live on a farm. All right, you recreated "Green Acres" or "The Simple Life" in your backyard and have never set foot on a farm. But you can still have the digital pro meteorological weather station farmers enjoy. The only disadvantage: not being able to monitor how the weather outside affects the interior of your home.

Still, you're not interested in what's inside your house. You can read the programmable thermostat, which you've set to 85°F when you're not home or when you're outside.

But...goodness, are your chocolate bars melting? Maybe it's time to take the outdoor weather station indoors. And after all, there is a reason why it's called an indoor/outdoor meterological station. Thank goodness for digital divas!

   
Can I view weather information from two different rooms?

Same Weather, Different Rooms

Your friends make light of your weather obsession: "The weather won't look any different from the living room than in the bedroom!"

You, on the other hand, are a confirmed weather enthusiast...and to be honest, your plants in the front aren't as sturdy as your backyard plants if you detect a 40 mph wind.

So you buy an indoor weather station such as the La Crosse Wireless Weather Station with Remote Sensor Two-Pack. Just make sure to buy a second meteorological weather station sensor for your backyard. You never know if the ficus trees are secure at the roots.

Tips for getting the most out of your two meteorological weather station monitors:

--Make sure to specify which meteorological weather station sensor you're monitoring, backyard or front door.
--If you have one indoor weather station sensor, place it at the side of the house, preferably whichever side, east or west, the wind is likely to come from.
--Pay attention to indoor temperatures on both monitors. If your rooms are too hot, you probably need better blinds or tinted window glass.

If your friends shiver while enjoying coffee in the living room, you can smile and say, "I'll check the weather monitor here--the one in the bedroom says it's warm inside the house."

In-between looking for blankets, your company will ask how they can get two meteorological weather station monitors too.

   
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