Have you ever noticed that your local weather station on television (or even the information you get online) is inaccurate about the weather conditions at your house? Weather is serious business and it affects everyone, not just those that are close to weather radar centers in larger cities. It’s important to have access to accurate information about what’s going on at your house, right now, not what might be happening at your house an hour from now.
If you’re someone who doesn’t care much about weather conditions, then maybe a weather station isn’t for you. But, if the weather has a direct affect on your daily life, whether it’s commuting by car or especially by bicycle or even if you just have a garden outside that you want to take care of, a weather station is definitely something that you want to invest in.
We found the best wifi weather stations listed below.
AcuRite 01036 Wireless Weather Station
This weather station is connected to your internet connection via WiFi and is capable of monitoring temperature, wind speed, wind direction, and rain from the colorful display. It also will allow you to view the data from an app on your phone or your tablet when you’re not at home.
You can set storm alerts and weather alarms for temperature, wind, rain, dew point, heat index, and humidity so you can receive e-mail and text messages when conditions change or when your set conditions are met. It is also compatible with Wunderground and MyAcurite.com. You can also store the weather history for your home, all the way down to every 12 minutes.
AcuRite 01024 Pro Weather Station with Lightning Detector
This is one of the higher end weather stations made by AcuRite, the Pro Weather Station with Lightning Detector plus an HD display. It tracks everything you’d expect it to, from humidity, rainfall, wind speed, wind direction, and temperature. Like the previous model we mentioned, it also allows you to set weather alarms to be sent straight to your phone or e-mail so you’ll know instantly if things are getting a little hairy with the weather at home.
The lightning detector can detect lightning up to 25 miles away so you know for sure whether it’s safe to take a shower again!
Indoor conditions are also measured and reported on the display and it will keep track of up to a full year of records.
Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI Observer Weather Station
The Ambient Weather WS-1002-WIFI Observer is a bit more expensive, but if you’re a weather buff and you want a system that’s going to tell you just about everything, plus have the display and apps necessary to make it a modern convenience, this is the one you’ll want. It tracks all of the standard metrics, but also includes UV and solar radiation amounts.
It’s compatible with Wunderground and IFTTT. IFTTT is handy if you have smart devices in your home like light switches, blinds, etc, you can set alerts to automatically have those things adjust to the weather.
It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you’ll be able to ask your Alexa unit questions about the weather based on what your weather station has to say instead of local news.
Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Weather Station (Wireless)
The Vantage Pro2 from Davis Instruments is a high end weather station used by The Weather Channel in some of their remote broadcasts. If you want a high end unit with high end capabilities and add-ons available, check this one out. The display looks a little 1990’s, but in terms of accuracy, there’s not much better.