Best Weather Stations for Precise Weather Forecasts

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 10, 2019
People lost credit on weather forecasts, for they often say wrong when it’s most important. To not be misled, it's much better to use your own weather station. With one in your place, you’ll know exactly when it’s going to rain cats and dogs and when early frosts coming.   ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
MEASUREMENTS
FORECAST
ERROR
DATA TRANSFER
INDOOR CONSOLE
ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS
POWER SOURCE
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The Ambient station can analyze and display 10 weather measurements compared to its rival that can handle 5-7 Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility adds to the usability of the device.

CONS

It might be challenging to install and adjust Android settings. 

OUR VERDICT

This weather station will allow you to learn more about the weather and discover a lot of things besides the temperature and humidity. The fact that it can also be used for measuring dew point and heat index makes it an attractive choice even for professional users. 

detailed parameters
MEASUREMENTS

Outdoor temperature and humidity, Wind speed, Wind direction, Rainfall, Solar radiation and UV, Barometric pressure

FORECAST

12 - 24 hours

ERROR

± 2°F,

Humidity: 5%

DATA TRANSFER

Data transmission: RF - 915 MHz, router - 2.4 GHz

Transmission distance: up to 330 ft (100 m)  

INDOOR CONSOLE

LCD color display shows all necessary weather information, calendar, and forecast

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

Google Assistant and Alexa compatible, IFTTT connection, E-mail and text alerts

POWER SOURCE

5V DC Adaptor, 3 x AAA back up batteries 

WARRANTY

1 year limited

PROS

An informative color internal display will also show such auxiliary marks as the phases of the moon, the level of comfort in the room, and what the temperature "feels like."

CONS

Display backlight can't be turned off while running on AC power.

OUR VERDICT

The AcuRite 01512 Wireless Weather Station is a 5 in 1 multifunctional device that allows you to measure air temperature and humidity both outdoors and indoors, as well as wind speed and direction, and rain. And all this is available both in real time and tracking mode.

detailed parameters
MEASUREMENTS

Indoor/outdoor temperature (°F/°C), Indoor/outdoor humidity, Barometric pressure, Time and date (month/day), Wind speed and direction, rain

FORECAST

12 to 24 hour

ERROR

Temperature: ± 2 °F; Humidity: ± 3%; Wind Speed: ± 5 mph; Rain Gauge: ± 0.05 inches per inch of rainfall

DATA TRANSFER

Wireless transmission range of 330 ft (100 m)

INDOOR CONSOLE

The indoor unit has a color LCD display with adjustable dimmer. Displays: time, calendar, temperature, humidity inside and outside, precipitation

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

Moon phase, indoor comfort level, "feels like"" temperature, Transmits data every 18 to 36 seconds, Automatic self-emptying rain collection cup, all-weather construction

POWER SOURCE

Sensor requires 4 x AA alkaline or lithium batteries 

Display - 6 x AA alkaline batteries or AC Power Adapter

WARRANTY

1 year limited

PROS
Animated weather icons improve data visualization. Moreover, you can save energy by changing display backlight settings.
CONS
To get an accurate weather forecast, you might need to calibrate the device during first 3-4 weeks.
OUR VERDICT
La Crosse weather station can be set anywhere in your house so that you can read always precise forecast and not spoil the look of your interior.
detailed parameters
MEASUREMENTS
Temperature, Humidity
FORECAST
Real-time
ERROR

2ºF-5ºF (1.1°C - 2.7°C), Humidity: 10%

DATA TRANSFER
Data transmission: 433 MHz Transmission distance: up to 300 ft (91 m)
INDOOR CONSOLE
Alerts and Alarm buttons, LCD display shows temperature, calendar, indoor and outdoor humidity, and time
ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS
Max and min temperature record, Automatic time settings in accordance with your time zone
POWER SOURCE
LCD display - 3 AAA batteries (or AC adapter), Outdoor sensor - 2 AA batteries
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS

Data collection is carried out every 16 seconds, which indicates the accuracy and relevance of the output measurements. The sensor has compact dimensions, so it can be hung anywhere in the yard.

CONS

Poor instructions.

OUR VERDICT

A practical weather station with high measurement accuracy, clear and user-friendly interface and a fairly large display with good viewing angles. Also available with color display.

detailed parameters
MEASUREMENTS

Indoor and outdoor temperature (°F/°C), time and date (month/day)

FORECAST

12 to 24 hour

ERROR

Temperature: ± 2°F

DATA TRANSFER

Wireless Signal: 433 MHz

Wireless range up to 330 feet (100 m)

INDOOR CONSOLE

The indoor unit has a monochrome LCD display. Displays: time, calendar, air temperature inside and outside

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

Daily high and low temperature records, Automatically adjusts for Daylight Saving Time (DST), Data Reporting: 16 second updates, all-weather construction

POWER SOURCE

Wireless sensor is powered by 2 AA alkaline or lithium batteries 

Weather station display is powered by 3 AA alkaline batteries

WARRANTY

1 year limited

PROS

Installation of the La Cross station is the easiest thing ever. Moreover, the manufacturer has included all batteries and cords in the box so you don't need to buy anything else. 

CONS

Temperature error is somewhat high.

OUR VERDICT

If you're looking for a functional device that would display all needed information regarding the weather and could be used in any region of the USA, the C85845 forecast station which can work under a wide range of temperature and humidity conditions is your best choice.

detailed parameters
MEASUREMENTS

Indoor/outdoor temperature (°F/°C), Indoor/outdoor humidity, 12/24-hour atomic time, Heat index, Dew point

FORECAST

12 - 24 hours

ERROR

± 5-7°F

DATA TRANSFER

Transmission range: up to 300 ft (100 m)

INDOOR CONSOLE

LCD color display shows all necessary weather information, calendar, and forecast

ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS

Automatic daylight savings time resets (ON/OFF option), Seven USA time zones (Atlantic to Hawaiian), 12/24 hour time mode, Signal strength, Low battery indicator

POWER SOURCE

Digital display - 5.0V AC adapter or 3 AAA alkaline batteries

Sensor - 2 AA batteries

WARRANTY

1 year limited

Ambient Weather WS-2902

Impressive Results

This Ambient Weather WS-2902A station is a 10-in-1 model that can measure outdoor temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, solar radiation and UV, rainfall, barometric pressure, dew point, wind chill, and heat index. Quite an impressive number of measurements, isn’t it? So, if you want to get the exhaustive information about the weather and know what to expect during the next 12-24 hours, the WS-2902A is just what you need.

Just like the majority of weather stations, the Ambient Weather WS-2902A consists of an outdoor sensor and indoor display. The outdoor sensor is equipped with solar panels that provide flawless operation of the device under any weather conditions. However, if you’re afraid that the amount of solar light in your area might not be enough for proper work of the device, you can use 2 AA batteries (not included) for backup power. As for the indoor display, it is bright and colorful and ensures effortless data readouts.

Being a smart device, this professional weather station from Ambient can share data with different online weather services. For example, if you connect to the Wunderground service, you’ll be able to compare weather conditions from different corners of the world in a convenient format of graphs and charts. What is more, the Ambient station is IFTTT compatible and it means that you can connect to other weather websites to obtain the information you’re interested in.
Review of Ambient Weather WS-2902 Professional Weather Station with Internet Monitoring, Compatible with Alexa

Smarter Than You Think

In addition to a great range of weather measurements and the ability to trace them via different Internet services, the Ambient weather station is equipped with smart features for more convenient use. For example, it works with Google Assistant and supports Alexa, allowing you to receive the needed information about the weather conditions simply by asking your device.

Another way of finding out what the weather will be is by means of e-mails and text alerts. This option is handy, especially when you are not at home, making it possible for you to get informed/or inform others about the slightest changes in the weather so that they and you can be prepared for rain or snow. So, if you're looking for a smart appliance featuring a rich bundle of weather instruments and with some great smart features, the WS-2902 should be right up your alley.

Ambient Weather WS-2902 Professional Weather Station with Internet Monitoring, Compatible with Alexa in the use

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AcuRite 1512

High Precision

Weather stations can be quite useful devices for any number of reasons. Many people who love tending their own gardens and growing their own vegetables need to know what the weather will be like in order to properly maintain their garden. Others may have other needs for knowing the weather, whether they be due to planned activities or even their health, knowing what to expect is always something that can be useful for many people.

The AcuRite 1512 Wireless Weather Station with 5-in-1 Weather Sensor is a high precision weather station that will give you highly accurate results based on a number of factors. Much of the usefulness of this particular device is centered around its impressive display. The display is a full color model that includes useful information such as the phases of the moon, the level of comfort in the room, and what the temperature "feels like." This last reading is especially handy for such times when the actual temperature is not quite similar to how it feels out in the weather, such as on normally cool days that have high windows and humidity which makes it feel colder than it actually is. Such a reading will ensure that you can be properly prepared for the outdoor weather.

Review of AcuRite 1512 Wireless Weather Station with 5-in-1 Weather Sensor

Indoor and Outdoor Readings

The usefulness of this device extends well beyond just knowing what the temperature is. This is a 5-in-1 device that will give you highly accurate readings about temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and rain, giving you the full gamut of the weather conditions in an easily readable format on the full color display. Along with the current conditions, this weather station can track rainfall throughout the entire year, as well as all-time. You can get a full weather report as well as knowing the historical weather patterns in your area and knowing what to expect from this handy device.

The large display includes all of the above information as well as a unique "weather ticker" that streams real-time data about such things as the phase of the moon. All of the information on the illuminated display is easily readable in large characters, ensuring you can easily see it in any lighting conditions. One thing to be aware of, though, is that the display does not turn off when connected to AC power, so expect it to be fully lit at all times. That said, all of the highly useful information provided by this device will allow anyone to properly prepare for their local weather conditions.

AcuRite 1512 Wireless Weather Station with 5-in-1 Weather Sensor in the use

Additional Info

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La Crosse 308-1414B Wireless

Eager Beaver

Among other things, the durability of the battery is the first thing that attracts attention about the La Crosse 308-1414B Wireless Forecast Station. It lasts about 24 months of non-stop use, which is quite impressive. Of course, it is not the main thing we usually check out when selecting a device like this, especially given that most weather stations can work off an outlet, but it's still nice to know that the battery here lasts longer than average and you can extend its life by decreasing the display brightness even more. And in case of a power outage or when the battery dies, the unit automatically sets the correct time and adjusts it to your time zone, ridding you of the need to do all that manually, which is handy if you value simplicity and practicality.

Review of La Crosse 308-1414B Wireless Weather Forecast Station with Alerts

In the Right Direction

What sets La Crosse from many rivals is that it focuses only on weather station production. As a result, all of their weather stations are high quality and provide highly accurate results. The La Crosse 308-1414B is not an exception. This model has a good-looking design, showing all readings on a big display that is easy to read in any light, and is very easy to use, so that even if you've never used a weather station before you will be able to figure it out in a short while. Furthermore, you have two options for installation - it can be either hung on a wall or rested on the base stand.

La Crosse 308-1414B Wireless Weather Forecast Station with Alerts in the use

Recommendation

To get the most accurate weather forecast, it's recommended to calibrate the weather station several times during the first 3-4 weeks of use. Also, for the outdoor module to be effective and to provide accurate results, the distance between the outdoor display and the indoor one should not be more than 300 feet.

Detailed review of La Crosse 308-1414B Wireless Weather Forecast Station with Alerts

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AcuRite 75077A3M

Always Up-To-Date

One of the main purposes of a weather station for many people is for providing information that is always current as well as being relevant to your specific area. One of the problems with relying on weather forecasts and current weather reports from your local news is that they often don't provide the conditions for your exact area. The weather reports are always based on the main weather station, often located at or near the airports of most major cities. This makes it next to useless for those who live far away from that area, as the weather conditions can vary greatly the further away you get.

The AcuRite 75077A3M Wireless Weather Station with Large Display ensures that you always have updated weather conditions for your exact area by providing you with a full weather station that can measure the weather conditions in your back yard instead of relying on a weather station far away from where you live. Furthermore, the information provided by this weather station is always up-to-date, as the weather station always provides updates every 16 seconds. In short, if the weather station gives you temperature and weather readings, you can be sure that this is the weather you will encounter when you step outside.

Review of AcuRite 75077A3M Wireless Weather Station with Large Display

Easy to Read Format

One of the best aspects of this weather station is that the data on the screen is always presented in a very readable format. This weather station by default comes with a large monochrome display that provides all of the readings in large, easy to read characters. For those who like having a full color display, there is also a model available that comes with one, giving you the ability to choose your preferred display. One negative aspect of this unit is that the monochrome screen can be difficult to read in certain lighting conditions, so placing it in a well-lit area is recommended.

As for the contents of the display, this weather station gives you up to date information on the current weather conditions outdoors, the inside and outside temperature, and even an accurate time and date based on the atomic clock from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Radio Station WWVB. The clock will even automatically adjust itself for Daylight Savings Time, so there is no need for you to worry about adjusting the time twice a year. With these along with many other included features, this affordable but highly accurate weather station will always help you make sure you're prepared for your local weather conditions.

AcuRite 75077A3M Wireless Weather Station with Large Display in the use

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La Cross Technology C85845

Best Home Weather Station

Are you looking for a good weather station to measure indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity that will not cost you a fortune? Then, this LaCross Technology is worth your consideration. Just like the majority of the devices of the type, this station is an outdoor sensor and indoor display that can work at the maximum distance of 300 feet so keep it in mind when you set the device. One more thing you want to know before installing this La Cross weather station is its power source. The display is powered by an included AC adapter but you can also use 3 AAA alkaline batteries for backup while the outdoor sensor needs 2 AA batteries for proper operation.

Once you install your weather station, you’ll be able to track temperature and humidity indoors/outdoors as well as watch the time/date, learn about dew point and heat index. All these measurements are shown on the display placed in your room. The display is also equipped with control buttons on the upper panel so that you can switch between alerts, alarms, and temperature information effortlessly. You can also adjust the brightness as well as other settings with these buttons.

As for the range of measurements the La Cross station weather station can handle, the device operates properly within +32°F to +122°F/10% to 99% RH indoors and -40°F to +140°F/ 10% to 99% RH outdoors. Thus, this device can be used in any American state as well as other countries with suitable climate.

Review of La Cross Technology C85845 Color Wireless Forecast Station

Effortless Installation

Installing your new La Cross weather station is a hassle-free and even intuitively simple process, yet we’d like to describe it in a couple of words. Here are several steps you should take to provide proper operation of your station:

  • Insert batteries (included) into the outdoor sensor and the display. Don’t forget to check the polarity. Insert the AC cord into the display and the socket.
  • Set preferable language, time, and date. To do it, use the "SET" button on the upper panel of the display.
  • Place the outdoor sensor in a shaded place no further than 300 feet from the indoor display.

These are the main steps you want to take to ensure proper functioning of the La Cross device. If you want to use the maximum number of options this weather station can provide, check the user’s guide and adjust the station to your needs.

La Cross Technology C85845 Color Wireless Forecast Station in the use

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Comparison of Weather Stations for Precise Weather Forecasts

What Is a Weather Station?

If you've grown distrustful in TV and Internet weather forecasts, a weather station is a must-have for you. This appliance measures the atmospheric conditions to provide information regarding atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity, wind direction, wind speed, and precipitation amounts.

Weather stations consist of two parts: an indoor and outdoor modules. The former is mounted in the yard, whereas the later, which shows the readings, is placed inside the house. Having a weather station will help you to save on water bills by alerting you to rainy days, and keep you prepared for it as well so that you can take your umbrella with you.

Forecast stations are often used in agriculture to monitor and create favorable conditions for the plant growth. They are a bit more sophisticated than standard models and often include additional weather instruments to measure soil temperature, water temperature, leaf wetness, ultraviolet index and other data. 

In this review, we've gathered 5 best stations available on the market right now. Take a look at this selection and choose the one that caters to your requirements.

In addition to a weather station, you may want to consider getting yourself a hygrometer, a handy device designed to measure the level of humidity in the atmosphere. Aside from home use, hygrometers are often used for measuring the level of humidity in humidors, saunas, and industrial places.

What Features to Compare

Measurements

There’s a wide range of weather stations available with different options to suit your specific requirements and activities. Most modern units give detailed insight on most weather aspects including information on rainfalls, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction and humidity level. Besides, most recent models can sense the weather in real-time, providing accurate readings for different occasions. Now whenever you go outside, you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Data Transmission

Data transfer from outside to inside modules equals to signal frequency which makes 433MHz - 868MHz. The highest rates enable good signal transfer within 1000-foot range while weaker 433 MHz frequency shows great performance in the areas no bigger than 330 feet. Consider the error in temperature and humidity measurements to be able to read them more accurately. The error in temperature usually equals 2-5 degree, humidity level may differ by 10%. For your comfort, weather stations have the screens for clear readouts. Some are rather plain and mono while others are backlit and stylized to decorate your interior. Here you need to decide whether design of the chosen module matters and worth some extra money or not. Though, high price doesn’t always stand for smart look only and more often than not refers to enhanced usability and additional functions.

Additional Functions

Weather station manufacturers develop additional features for your convenience so you can not only monitor the weather but also use and adjust your device easily.

  • The majority of models can store historical information about weather conditions. This function lets you see what the weather was like yesterday, 2 days, a month or even a year ago.
  • Recent stations have the function to transfer all readings to your PC so you can read them from there on a bigger screen. This way you will also save some space in your weather station’s memory.
  • Some models can record the maximum and minimum measurements. Thus, you’ll be able to use this data for some research or for your personal interest.
  • Automatic time setting is a useful option if you often travel and take forecast station with you. Devices which support this function set the time depending on a time zone.

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