Weather forecasts are not only possible through meteorologists and the weather service, you can also observe the weather with your own weather station. Weather stations are available in different versions and can provide you as a layman with the same readings as the professionals. A weather station is easy to operate and can also be useful for health aspects, such as the humidity in your own four walls.
With our big weather station test 2021 we want to help you find the perfect weather station for you. Whether it should be analogue or digital, wireless or wired, depends on your preference. We have compared several weather stations for you and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should make your purchase decision easier.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Weather Station: Our Choices
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a weather station
- 5 Decision: What types of weather stations are there and which one is right for you?
- 6 Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate weather stations based on these factors
- 7 Facts worth knowing about the weather station
- A weather station effectively and solely serves to forecast and observe the weather. For the forecast of the weather, data from several weather stations at federal level are collected and can be viewed for evaluation.
- Weather forecasts can be made several days in advance for regional locations as well as worldwide. With the help of the weather stations, environmental disasters can be predicted, climate change can be observed and severe weather can be forecast. Air traffic, shipping, forestry and agriculture also use the data.
- Weather stations are also available for private individuals in online and retail stores. There is a wide choice between analogue and digital weather stations, plus numerous functions and extras.
The Best Weather Station: Our Choices
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a weather station
What is a weather station?
Weather stations are also used at the federal level, such as by the German Weather Service (DWD). Here, several weather stations, at different locations, provide meteorological information that is also intended to foresee weather-related hazards. Therefore, there is also cooperation with various sectors, such as the aviation weather service or agriculture and forestry.
For private use, amateur meteorologists, gardeners or farmers can also carry out various weather measurements and compare them with other values on the Internet. These weather stations are visually much simpler and easier to handle than public weather stations. Their basic equipment consists of barometer, thermometer and hygrometer.
Modern weather observation is attributed to the year 1781. The site of the first systematic collection of weather data is the Hohenpeißenberg observatory in Bavaria.
What can be measured with a weather station?
A weather station for private households has very many functions, depending on which model it is and which functions are desired. For example, a home weather station can give a frost and rain warning. In general, the following should be measured:
- the indoor and/or outdoor temperature
- the air pressure, humidity
- the moon phases
- the precipitation rate
- the wind speed, direction
- The amount of UV radiation
Depending on the function(s), the quality of the weather station may also be appropriate. Not all weather stations offer the above measurements. However, a good weather station can measure temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind strength and the amount of precipitation.
A home weather station can also help you improve your health. For example, high air pressure can lead to more frequent headaches. High humidity can lead to circulation problems and mould growth in the home.
What types of weather stations are there?
The analogue weather station has been in use longer. Both types are still in use today and can also be purchased privately. The digital version differs from the analogue in its functions, handling and data collection. It is equipped with very many functions.
Due to the many functions, the weather stations can also be found under different product types, depending on what the focus of the function is desired. For example, you can search directly for the keyword "radio weather station" if your weather station should definitely have a radio function.
Other product types are weather stations with rain gauge, internet weather station, design weather station. Professional weather stations" are available for particularly professionally interested amateur meteorologists. They are characterised by high quality and numerous measuring and protective functions.
Analogue weather stations can also be found as weather huts in open spaces in the city. They are usually stone pillars with built-in glass panes for protection and for reading the measured values.
What does a weather station cost?
There are many cheap offers between 10€ and 60€, up to weather stations for 1300€. It is interesting to note that even lower priced offers have many features. Weather stations for a price range of 300-1000€ also have their own protection devices against cold and heat in addition to the additional functions.
In the following overview we have summarised the price range of weather stations with added functions.
|Up to 30€||analogue or digital, humidity, temperature measurement, weather forecast, min/max function, snooze function, indoor or outdoor temperature, dew point display|
|Up to 60€||frost warning, air pressure, rain gauge, snooze function, better design, internet|
|Up to 300€||Precipitation amount, wind chill display|
|Up to 800€||high range outdoor sensor, extra functions like weather forecast, UV radiation amount, WLAN connection, colour display, app function, indoor/outdoor|
|Up to 1300€||moon phases, digital, illuminated display, 24h actively ventilated irradiation shield, no temperature or humidity accumulation in the housing, barograph|
Decision: What types of weather stations are there and which one is right for you?
What distinguishes an analogue weather station and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
Before an analogue weather station can give correct measurements, it must first be set to the local altitude. This means that you need the current air pressure of your surroundings, e.g. from the weather office or the Internet.
The thermometer and hygrometer do not need to be set, but they can be adjusted if the readings are inaccurate. You have to read and write down the weather data by hand. If you want to buy an analogue weather station, you can choose between different housings:
- Stainless steel
When buying, pay attention to whether the temperature measurement is only possible for indoors/outdoors or for both. Despite its simplicity, an analogue weather station can be expanded with additional parts, such as a rain gauge.
What distinguishes a digital weather station and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The measurement of the data is much more complex here. By radio or cable, a power supply is always needed. In addition, numerous other functions are possible. For example, the data can also be forwarded directly to the PC or to an app via W-LAN and viewed at any time.
The easy and constant access to the weather data, as well as the numerous functions from rain and wind measurement or alarm clock and alarm functions, bring a lot of pleasure. The weather records are easily accessible and can also be compared in the long term due to the constant recording.
Only the sensor attachment can lead to problems with the data recording. Therefore, you should check beforehand whether you have a suitable place for the sensor.
Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate weather stations based on these factors
After deciding whether analogue or digital, you can choose between a radio or cable connection for both types of weather stations. A radio connection usually has a longer range and can be placed better. Cable connections, however, have no problem with concrete walls. The data can still be transmitted to the base via the cable.
With a digital radio or cable weather station, you can also compare other factors that make it easier for you to choose a suitable weather station. For example, pay attention to the humidity and range values.
There are many special functions among digital weather stations. To give you a better overview of which measuring functions are possible, we have compiled an overview here.
Measurement functions that a good digital weather station should have:
- Air pressure
- Wind force
- Precipitation amount
In addition, a weather station can have the following functions:
- Illumination of the display
- Various displays and calculations regarding the weather,
- Homeatic and Alexa compatible
- Alarm function
- digital picture frame
- Data logger (control of measured data)
- Radio (clock)
- PC interface
- Sat support
- Solar operation
- USB connection
Many weather stations have several of these functions, which is why you should consider which functions you would definitely like to have before buying. Then you can start a targeted search. In comparison portals you can also find the desired measuring function under keyword.
If you know whether you need the weather station for indoors or outdoors, you must also look at the temperature values when buying. Weather stations have different measuring zones.
If the temperature meter is not suitable for temperatures below -15 degrees Celsius, you can damage the sensor. The same applies to very high temperatures.
As a rule, the measuring zones are between -20 and +40 degrees, but this is often not even noted on cheaper products. And some weather stations can only measure up to 0 degrees Celsius; as soon as the temperature drops below zero, the sensor can become inoperable.
Facts worth knowing about the weather station
Where to install the weather station?
In order to find a suitable place for a weather station, there are a few points to consider. It is important to distinguish between indoor and outdoor measurement, whether an additional sensor needs to be attached and what the floor covering is like. It is recommended to read everything carefully in the operating instructions.
- Heat interference: The weather station or the base station should be mounted on an accessible and visible wall. You should prevent a heating system, heating pipes or chimney pipes from being in the vicinity. These will influence the measured values. Direct sunlight can also lead to incorrect values. Stone floors, windows and roofs can also affect the heat measurement.
- Outdoor sensor: With an outdoor sensor, the range of the radio connection must be taken into account. This can also be impaired by several walls. The outdoor sensor should be installed in a shady place and preferably 2 metres above the lawn.
- Suitable location: If a weather station or the sensor hangs outside, the location should preferably be on the north side of a garden shed or energy-insulated house wall. It should also be protected from the wind and rain. Not every weather station can tolerate rain showers.
- Other sources of interference: Trees are not necessarily a good place to mount a weather station. They can distort the precipitation rate. So can buildings that are too close. Here you can follow the guidelines of the DWD.
Why does the weather station beep?
The beeping noise of weather stations can be caused by different factors. We have searched through several forums on the subject and listed the three most common problems for you:
- Alarm function: Digital weather stations can have various alarm functions that can signal a drop or rise in humidity or temperature with a beeping sound. If your weather station has such an alarm function, you can turn it on or off with the help of the operating instructions.
- Battery: If no alarm is set, but the weather station runs on battery power, the batteries may need to be changed. This can be recognised by the fact that the display no longer works properly. Batteries can run down very quickly, especially in cold or wet conditions. Only rain sensors are designed for such weather.
- Malfunction: Another possibility is a possible signal malfunction, e.g. due to obstacles or a defective function. In this case, it is advisable to read the operating instructions for such incidents and, if necessary, contact the manufacturer.
What else do I have to consider with a weather station?
Weather stations must not be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Otherwise the batteries will die very quickly or the weather station will no longer be (completely) functional. The latter forces you to buy a new weather station, as individual parts are difficult to replace and more expensive. Outdoor sensors in particular are very sensitive. So take good care of them!
A protective device, such as the one we mentioned in the guide, can help protect against outside influences. Protective covers for outdoor sensors can be purchased online and in shops. Alternatively, a freezer bag can be used, but it must remain open at the bottom to avoid condensation.
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