I'm a 31 year old weather enthusiast from Central Ohio. Certified SKYWARN storm spotter.
By: Buckey2745 , 3:47 PM GMT on November 13, 2012
I've had my new Davis weather station for about seven weeks now and I've had mostly positive results from it.
The 6250 is excellent with wind and temperature readings. Comparing local stations in the area and official NWS stations I've noticed extreme accuracy. A problem I had with my old WMR-968 was the humidity and dewpoints were way off... probably a faulty thermometer. However the 6250 has been nothing short of perfect. With the radiation shield, even a roof top mount has not effected accuracy with readings.
While this isn't directly related to the station itself, the roof top mount I purchased, called WeatherMount, was an easy installation and hasn't budged during some high wind events we've had recently. It was the best decision I made with this purchase.
Something I missed terribly in the final months of my WMR-968 was rainfall totals. I had nowhere to put my rain gauge and I never got accurate readings. With the first few rainfalls with my new station though, rainfall was dead on. I would compare it to an old fashioned rain gauge in my back yard and neighboring weather stations and found the 6250 was dead on.
Then wind happened.
Since the 6250 is a fully intergrated sensor suite, there is no way to get the perfect positioning for all of your instraments. The anemometer is in a good place on my roof, but the theromometer needs closer to ground level, and the rain gauge does not record any accumulation in high winds because of where the bucket sits. Tucked below the anemometer cups and antenna, if it's not a steady rain with light winds, water tends to blow right over the bucket.
Lately I've found myself having to callibrate the console with rain totals I record in an old fashioned rain gauge. But you can't get everything perfect. I'd prefer an integrated sensor suite like the 6250 offers rather that having instraments all over my yard.
Overall I would give the 6250 4 out of 5 stars.
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