Ok, here is another Open Talk topic that I would like to get some information about. I have been thinking about getting a personal weather station, not because I need it, but just because I am a gadget geek and like to follow the weather. It seems like it would be an interesting hobby. My local airport where official weather is reported is about 25 miles away, so there can be quite a difference between the local news weather reporting and the weather in my back yard.
My yard is 1/2 acre with lots of open space, so I think I can find a good location to mount a PWS on a pole. I have been looking at the "Ambient Weather WS-1001-WIFI OBSERVER Solar Powered Wireless WiFi Remote Monitoring Weather Station". It measures, records, archives and reports indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, barometric pressure, rainfall, wind speed, wind direction, UV and solar radiation. It communicates via wi-fi through your router and connects with the Weather Underground website where the information from your PWS is posted for online viewing.
Does anyone have any experience with this or any other personal weather station? Please share your knowledge and experiences.
I suppose I should give SkyWarn a try. Years ago, listening on 2 meters, I overheard a long-running argument over whether some hail was pea size or ¼ inch. These people were angry! Another episode that I remember was that of a ham (without a SkyWarn "diploma") who volunteered an observation as he was in a good location and no one else was anywhere near the storm. He didn't meet the caste requirements and was given a hard time because he volunteered.
This was a while ago. Perhaps I'll try again.
It's definitely a "clickish" group. I've heard similar comments on the air around here.
Looked into weather system a few years ago, and decided not to bother... But I did do the following:
First. Added Bookmark: US WEATHER RADAR LOOP to my phone & computer, and within program highlight my home location.
Second: (Seeing that I had Synology NAS) I added the 2 FREE Surveillance Station camera licenses it comes with, to 2 cameras I had....one on house looking at Yard, and one at Garage facing house and driveway turn-around...
Via FREE DS CAM APP and a VPN Like Login that does not need ANY open ports on my Router in order to connect.... I can connect to the 2 camera's Live Images from anywhere... (Via WIFI or phone LTE Data) For Free... It's part of Synology NAS features....
Now we live halfway up a mountain, and there are times when it's cloudy in the valley, but snowing like mad in the mountains.... or heavy storms in Summer, and the switchbacks to get home can become treacherous! This way we have the capability to see the LIVE weather conditions (rain, Snow,Ice, etc) from ANYWHERE... That allows us to be forewarned that we need to wrap up what we are doing, and get back home before roads become impassable!
This was done as an experiment over 4 years ago, and, This worked out so good... That I gave out access to other homeowner's in the development, who don't have cameras of their own, and they have found it as useful as we do!!!
Other than the price of hardware, this solution is Free
In Addition, via Motion Detect within the program, Motion Detected Video is saved on NAS in a way that after a (user adjustable) preset folder size is reached, oldest video files are deleted, so there is no maintenance required for the system, Whatsoever!!!
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