Weather station

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curtis cutter
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Weather station

Post by curtis cutter » Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:24 am

Does anyone here have a good home weather station that has computer access and records results?


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Re: Weather station

Post by warmstrong1955 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:48 pm

I have an AccuRite model 1036 weather station. It was a gift from a friend.
It is connected to my computer, but I have to tell it to download from the Display at least every two weeks. If not, the display will run out of memory. It makes a entry every 10 minutes.
All in all, pretty cool.
Things I don't like.....
-the excel format it downloads is an odd one, called CSV. If I want to change anything on it, I have to "save as" a regular excel worksheet. I don't bother. I did the first few months I had it, but I learned how to deal with it as is.
-You can't add the total rainfall on the spreadsheet. If it starts to rain at say 9:00 AM.....and continues to rain until 12:00, the downloaded excel sheet will show a progressive accumulation from 9:00 AM till the rain stops for a bit, ie. at 9.00, .10", at 9.10, .11", and on and on to if you add it up....a lot more than you got. cannot really get a total from the spreadsheet. The display however, will give you an actual total, by month, and for the year.

Has good range. My display is at least 100 ft from the sensor. I just changed the batteries in the sensor for the first time a couple weeks ago, because the signal was on & off, so 3 years and 4 months on (4) AA batteries....not bad.

I can't compare to other brands....this is the only one I've been around.

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Re: Weather station

Post by John Hasler » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:04 pm

CSV is a standard spreadsheet format that is older than Excel. As is always the case with standards Microsoft support for it is broken. However, the fact that the station provides data in CSV format rather than is some arcane proprietary format means that you are not tied to some buggy, unsupported application supplied by the manufacturer (or to any other proprietary software such as Excel.)

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Re: Weather station

Post by Russ Hanscom » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:26 pm

I have a Davis Vantage system that has been working fine for 10 years. Remote has solar cells so the battery lasts forever.

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Re: Weather station

Post by ctwo » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:35 am

A small aside, many ham radio guys use an APRS network to connect their home weather stations (tracking beacons, messaging, etc...).

APRS.FI is one server that collects this data and puts it on a google map. You can see the details of each weather station and whatever else that station is sending to the network.!lat=37.17470&lng=-121.65180 should land close to Curtis, WA, for example. There are two weather station east of HWY 5 and a couple up by 12. There is not much of this activity specifically in Curtis; however, you will see tons of stations in the bigger cities all around you...

Click the blue WX icons and click more info in the balloon or other links. There's lots of info. Here are some weather plots from one of the stations there:

Looks like the server keeps one year of data.
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