Buying Guide - Weather Stations

A complete buying guide for weather stations.
Weather stations are a fantastic tool for home of professional use to better understand the weather. There are a wide range of features to suit your needs so we recommend taking a look through the Australian Geographic buying guide before making your final choice.
What is a weather station?

A Weather station is device that reads various components of the weather through sensors by detecting changes in barometric pressure, wind or temperature.

How does a weather station predict what will happen?

Weather stations have built in barometers that sense changes in barometric pressure. For example, High-pressure systems in the atmosphere typically indicate clear and warm sunny days. Low-pressure changes on the other hand, signal an oncoming storm or rain on the way.

What features do various weather stations have and what do they mean?

Temperature (in/out)
Measures the temperature in one or more locations, additional sensors are required for two or more location readings.

Humidity (in/out)
Measures the humidity in one or more locations, additional sensors are required for two or more location readings. Humidity is sometimes included in temperature sensors.

Barometric Pressure
Measure changes in the air pressure

Wind
Measures the wind speed, an additional wind vane/anemometer sensor is required to obtain a wind speed reading. This data is then transmitted to your main unit / weather station.

Rainfall
Measures the rain fall using a rain gauge, this is an additional sensor that transmits the data to your main unit/weather station.

Transmission Distance
The range the sensors will send a signal with the information they collect.

Alerts
Warnings in sudden change such as storm, wind, ice, heat Data logging Collecting information over given periods from information sent to the unit via sensors.

Radio Controlled
 N/A, does not apply in Australia.

How accurate is a weather station?

Depends on the model, refer to the instruction manual for accurate information. All forecasting devices have an acceptable percentage of error. Professional models typically have a smaller percentage of error.

Note: The order of battery installation/set up can affect the connection and accuracy, make sure you always follow the instruction to set up/reset in the correct order to avoid connection issues.

Which weather station is right for me?
Home Weather Stations

A simple, accurate, wireless and affordable weather station which includes features such as time, date, temperature and humidity. Typically, lower cost, smaller size and easy to read display. They are used for forecasting your local condition to better prepare for the day ahead.

Rain Gauges

Ideal for gardeners, farmers and people who enjoy monitoring rain fall. Available as basic rain catching devices or wireless gauges that provide accurate measurements for your desired area. A rain gauge will enable you to track your historical data, review rainfall records and outdoor temperature.

Semi-professional

A simple, accurate and wireless weather stations, which includes features such as date, time, temperature (indoor/outdoor), humidity (indoor/outdoor), Alerts, great accuracy and further transmission range.

Professional

These are slightly more complex to set up, and simple to use. They can provide data with greater accuracy and combined with multiple sensors provide an all-round weather tracking experience. Measure temperate, humidity, rain fall, wind speed & direction, UV index, barometric pressure and more. Become your own weather professional.

Analogue

These typically consist of thermometer, barometer, and hygrometer mounted on a plaque. The measurements are read from an analogue, commonly round face.

Galileo’s & Storm Glasses

An instrument that uses a special liquid inside a sealed transparent glass. These are used as a method for predicting weather through chemical changes to the liquid triggered by temperature or atmospheric pressure changes.



Do I need any accessories?

Accessories for weather stations are sensor or mounting brackets. All accessories are specific to each model of weather station, and apply to mid-range and professional weather stations. Most commonly are rain & wind gauges or additional temperature & humidity sensors.