Replacement weather station

By: darethehair , 5:21 PM GMT on October 31, 2012

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My Radio Shack WX200 weather station died after many years of faithful service. A strange corrosion had occurred inside the sensor wire junction box. Over the years the sensor wires themselves had been repaired numerous times.

I searched for an inexpensive replacement that had a PC interface, and which was supported with the Linux OS. Eventually, I found this 'Fine Offset WH2081' from a Canadian eBay seller:

Wireless Weather Station USB Professional PC Computer Humidity Pressure Forecast

Got it in about a week. With multiple choices of software available, I picked this one:

pywws

Basic operation was fairly easy (including providing data for Wunderground), but figuring out how to supply data to other weather sites was confusing.

Having worked with a wired weather station previously (WX200), I am a bit concerned about battery life on the wireless WH2081 -- even though it is great not to have to fool around with wires! :)

I'll probably have to move the thermometer sensor outside direct sunlight at some point, but I will need to get some extra cabling for that.

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1. mckTXaws
3:21 AM GMT on November 04, 2012
One thing I've noticed about alot of the Fine offset (Ambient) stations in my area is they are notorious for over reporting wind speeds. Example you could have your station about 5' Above ground level on a quiet day and still get 20's and 30's. The rain gauges have quite a failure record. The included radiation sheild if that's what it is doesn't help the sensor. You will still find the temperature's over reporting while the humidity under reporting.
The barometer's don't seem all that accurate either.


I'd save up for the Davis Vantage Vue.
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Darethehair has liked science since he was a kid, and having a weather station fits perfectly with this :)