How far will the straight-line signal go with backyard stations?
Your wireless weather station wind direction sensor perches on the front of your house, while your wireless home weather station main monitor rests on a console table in your backyard. Yet you didn't detect the wind until it blew the cover off your pool.
Straight-line signals weaken the more walls they pass through. In addition, readings from wall-mount or roof-mount sensors might be blocked by metal sheeting. Check your walls and roof for hidden metal.
Consider moving your front-door sensor to your backyard. Chances are that any wind you need to detect will come from that direction anyway. The fewer walls wireless signals need to navigate, the more accurate your readings will be.
That said, don't place your outdoor monitors too close to each other or they can cause inconsistencies. While readings usually vary, for example, one to two temperature points between monitors, you don't want to have one monitor proclaiming -15 degrees and one that tells you it's time to don a bikini!
A final thought: Your pool cover may have blown off because you didn't secure it, so check your own backyard before you worry about what's going on in the sky.
Weather Stations Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I need a home weather station?
How can I know if tomorrow will be humid?
I'd like a stationary weather station, what are my options?
Should I buy an outdoor or indoor weather station?
Why is my digital weather station not working?
Should I buy a digital or analog weather station?
If I live in California or a hot climate, do I need a weather station?
Will my weather station work outside the US?
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Why do I need a digital weather station with an atomic clock?
Will radiation interfere with my wireless weather station?
How do I extend the range of my wireless weather station?
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How can I know if my plants will thrive in the coming week?
I don't have vision problems, do I need a jumbo digital display?
How can I improve efficiency in my solar -powered wireless station?
Why do outdoor and indoor wireless sensors display different temps?
How far will the straight-line signal go with backyard stations?
Should I choose a cabled or wireless weather station?
Can I monitor the weather when I'm driving or flying?
Are personal weather stations affordable gifts?
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Should I have a backyard as well as an indoor weather station?
Aren't home weather stations complicated and bulky?
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Can I buy PDA/portable weather station combos?
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Can I combine my radio with a portable weather station?
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Will my portable weather station detect lightning headed my way?
How do I safely operate my portable weather station?
Can a portable weather station show me the temperature in my pool?
What's a stylish desktop weather station for the office?
Can I view weather information from two different rooms?
What meteorological weather stations are best for farmers?
Will meteorological stations be accurate in hot weather?
Will an analog outdoor weather station work for me?
Can I buy digital professional outdoor weather stations?
Is a meteorological weather station good for my college dorm?
Are home meteorological stations energy efficient?
Do I need a completer indoor weather station to find cold spots?
How do I maintain my outdoor weather station?
Can talking weather stations help me if I'm visually impaired?
Should I buy a LaCrosse or Oregon Scientific weather station clock?
Should I buy Oregon Scientific or Davis weather stations?
Can I buy a newer model Heathkit weather station?
Should I buy wireless weather systems from a company I don't know?
Which wireless weather stations have solar intensity monitors?
Which weather stations have computer animations?
Which wireless weather stations can monitor more than one location?
Which weather station displays all data from the sensors at a glance?
Which wireless weather stations just monitor temperatures?
Which weather station has the best wind sensor?
Can I ignore my weather monitor if all my weather info is on computer?
Is WeatherLink available for Oregon Scientific and LaCrosse stations?
Can I view my weather station data from my work computer?
How often will my computer weather station back up data?
I use a modem with the Vantage Pro, why doesn't it work?
Can I receive data from my PC weather station on my cell phone?
How fast should my computer be to run weather station software?
Can my PC weather station keep track of conditions inside my house?
Do I have to keep my data logger right beside my computer?
How can I share the weather information my software collects?
Can I create a sophisticated home made weather station?
How do I set up a modular weather station in my kitchen?
How do I weatherproof my weather station?
What do I need to know if I cable my weather station together?
The readigns on my weather station are wrong, did I cause this?
What do I need to make a home made digital weather station?
Can I use other soil probes with my weather station?
How do I know the readings on my home made station are accurate?
Does my home monitor's appearance have to match my sensors?
Can kids set up a weather station?
Do weather station kits include tripod telescoping mounts?
Do Philippe Starck clocks come with powerful measuring equipment?
Do I need weather station "backup" equipment?
How do I screen my weather station equipment from the sun?
Do weather statiion kits include soil and leaf sensors?
Do weather kits help me monitor my freezers?
Do I need a handheld wind sensor in addition to my weather station?
Are there weather station kits for children?
Do I need to measure the humdity inside as well as outside?
How can I use weather instruments at my beach home?
What does a drop in barometric pressure mean?
If there's no wind indicated on my wind sensor, am I safe?
What's the best site for a rain gauge?
Can I automate my thermostat with my wireless thermometer?
Can a barometer help my in-home medical practice?
Should I buy a handheld wind direction sensor that's not digital?
How can I detect wind direction when driving?
Is an electronic or aneroid barometer more useful?
Can weatehr station instruments detect flash floods?
My doors and windows stick, is this because of dewpoint?