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Electronic Weather Station Kit

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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If you're looking for an electronic weather station kit, look no further than your own PC. Without the need for a complete digital home weather station, you can turn your home computer into a complete, fully functional weather station. This gives you instant access to what the weather is doing in your neighborhood, not at some TV or radio station miles and miles away.

Installing an Electronic Weather Station Kit

Although many different products are available with a full range of features and sensors, all models of electronic weather station kit include at least two things: sensory equipment and software for your PC or Macintosh computer. Also included is an antenna that connects to your computer and communicates with the sensor suite.

The sensor suite, mounted outside your house and exposed to the elements, measures and transmits live data to the antenna inside. Depending one the model type, the sensor suite may include a full array of sensors, including rain gauge, wind meter, thermometer, hygrometer, and even UV meter. On most models, small solar panels provide all of the power to the array of sensors.

The antenna on many models (such as the Davis Instruments Wireless Weather Envoy) connects to your home computer via a serial port. The antenna receives data being sent from the sensor suite and stores it on your computer, allowing you to access past data easily as well as see current conditions at a glance. Software is easy to install and set-up takes almost no time at all.


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