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Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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If you're looking for the perfect gift for anyone who is either a (self-professed) gadget freak or simply scientifically curious, you might want to look into home weatherstations. Weatherstations are available in many different makes and models, with prices for all budgets and feature lists for all applications, from the armchair meteorologist to the industrial farmers of America's heartland.

The most inexpensive weather stations provide little more than temperature data. That temperature data, however, is measured by a remote sensor and then beamed inside to the base station. The base station then displays the outdoor temperature as well as the indoor temperature, in either degrees Fahrenheit or degrees Celsius.

More expensive models measure considerably more information. Professional weather stations accurately measure and gauge rainfall, wind speed and direction, wind chill, the UV index, dew point, humidity, the heat index, the time of sunrise and sunset, a personal forecast, and of course, the temperature. A suite of professional sensors mounted outside of your home measures all of this information.

Researching and Purchasing Weatherstations

There are many online resources for weather enthusiasts, and most offer reviews of popular weather tracking products including digital weather stations and rain gauges. Consumer review sites such as TechTV also periodically feature reviews of weather stations by major manufacturers such as La Crosse Technology or Davis Instruments. Online vendors are a convenient way to shop, and many offer product guarantees and free shipping.


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