Area Weather has finally got a fully featured
weather station to monitor conditions at our
headquarters, here in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.
Although the price is something to save up for,
it was well worth every dollar spent. Here are
some pictures of the station...from box to
outdoors (click on a picture for a larger image).
much delibaration between which station to get,
we settled on a wireless VantagePro station, a
brand new fully featured station from Davis
Instruments (http://www.davisnet.com). The complete wireless
VantagePro station (not plus) cost $595.00 plus
sales tax. The package arrived via UPS on August
9, 2001 after extensive tracking online. The
station was set up that night, of August 9th, and
took less than an hour to set up the ISS
(Integrated Sensor Suite). The console is sharp
and easy to read, and required little
The console, even back lit if you choose, can be
read anywhere within 500' of the station, given
there are no metal hazards in between. It gives
you information on indoor and outdoor temperature
and humidity, as well as barometric pressure and
wind speed/direction measurements. The console
calculates heat index, dewpoint and wind chill.
Rain data is convient, and the station even
calculates rain rates, and has many different
rain totals for different periods of time. The
station can store up to 24 years of daily data!
The station also has a powerful graphing freature
with graphs for every value, and you can easily
adjust parameters and intervals of those graphs.
The station updates data as much as every 2.5
seconds and has many alarms to alert you of
weather information at your set paramaters. The
station also takes all the data into
consideration to produce an ACCURATE forecast,
updated every hour.
The weather station was installed just about 24
hours before a severe thunderstorm blew through
the area the next day. That was one of the main
reasons that we almost installed the station in
the darkness of night. The station recorded a 28
mph wind gust and a rain rate of over 4 inches!
PHLweather will soon be in the process of adding
different sensors and utilities onto the station
including UV sensors and soil moisture
sensors...eventually. We also plan to add a
heater for the rain guage by this winter to
measure the water content of snow and ice. We
also may add a program on our computer called
"Weather Link" that can store data from
the station and update it through our website.
Stay tuned...more additions shortly.
You can view archived high/low data (not
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