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Computer Weather Station

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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If you are looking to the Internet to provide a comprehensive home computer weather station, you may be barking up the wrong tree. The good news is that a solution may be easier than you anticipate. Personal weather stations, sold online and at hundreds or retail outlets, can provide you and your computer with up-to-the-minute information about the weather right outside your door.

Personal weather stations sell for anywhere between 35 to 600 dollars. They operate by receiving live data recorded by a remote sensor; data that is then displayed on a large LCD display in alphanumerics and easy to read graphic icons. The remote sensor measures everything about the weather, from air pressure to rainfall, from the dew point to the UV index.

Depending on the features that you are looking for, a viable option may be a product such as Davis Instruments' Wireless Weather Envoy. The Weather Envoy functions in tandem with the sensor suite (just like its console counterpart, the Vantage Pro), but lacks an LCD screen to display the data. Instead, the Weather Envoy connects to your PC, turning it into a personal computer weather station.

Advantages of a Computer Weather Station

Using a product like the Weather Envoy has certain advantages over the normal base station/remote sensor suite pairing. You can save money by buying only the sensor and the PC antenna, bypassing the costly base station. When used in conjunction with software provided by the manufacturers, you can generally keep more extensive records on a PC than on a base station. More options for the display of information are available, and it is also possible to chart more data than on the base station.


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