A weather station is a measuring device consisting of different sensors and performing various functions. A weather station can be used as a thermometer, clock, sound level meter, hygrometer, anemometer, barometer, and rain gauge.
They also provide information on air quality, the lunar phase, and indoor pollution level. The use of weather stations in private homes has been democratized and generalized in recent years. It has become a fashionable object (especially the connected weather station, the flagship of the IoT, and connected objects).
Why is the Weather station useful?
A weather station is helpful for anyone who needs accurate weather information, like Gardeners, farmers, sailors, sailors, hikers, mountain bikers, carpenters, and laborers. But that’s not all: many weather stations also provide data related to the atmosphere inside the house, such as air quality, humidity, or temperature. In summary, why use a weather station at home? It’s simple to predict the weather better and analyze the quality of the atmosphere at home.
It then becomes possible to control the interior environment of the house but also to anticipate the exterior environment and climatic hazards better. Before purchasing a weather station, you must know the required feature for a home weather station. Now let’s get into the details of the functions of a weather station.
What are the functions of a weather station?
Wind, pressure, temperature, humidity, weather forecasts, and atmosphere quality of the atmosphere. The variables that a weather station measures depend on each station. But above all, they can be divided into 2 main categories: the external environment variables (such as the weather) and those of the internal environment (such as the air quality).
Let’s start with the external variables:
- The outside temperature
- Atmospheric pressure
- Wind speed and direction
- The hygrometry (the humidity level)
- Precipitation forecasts
- Cloud height and type
- The dew point
- The visibility
Next, let’s move on to the variables inside the house:
- Indoor temperature
- The indoor humidity level
- Air quality
- Pollution level
- Noise/sound level
Combining this data gives you the power to act on it by regulating it. Using a weather station to make these measurements is the first step, but the real question is what you will do with it.
What are the different types of weather stations, and how to choose?
Wired or wireless, connected or not, with a screen or not, with one function or another, there is not just one weather station model. We will be talking here about weather stations intended for individuals (or businesses but which can be purchased commercially) and not professional models.
So above all, to choose your ideal weather station, you need to define your use for it. Why do you need a weather station? To improve your air quality at home? To navigate? For gardener? To cultivate? To have reliable information on the weather? All this at once?
The more dependent you are on weather conditions, the more critical it is that you can accurately predict them. The more people in your household are susceptible to air pollution, the more important it is to maintain good indoor air quality. So which weather station is right for you? There are 2 main types of weather stations: the classic weather station with sensors and the connected or smart weather station.
1. The classic weather station (with sensors)
This is the entry-level weather station model. Effective but limited, it uses sensors to provide the collected data on a screen. The display remains in real-time despite a very affordable price.
2. The connected weather station
The connected weather station is the most advanced and is a real connected object. It also uses sensors to collect the data displayed on the screen in real-time, but in addition, it transmits this information to your smartphone or tablet. The connected weather station also provides data directly from Météo France using wifi.
It is a more complete, precise, and practical device but more expensive. However, this is still the best solution to measure data inside and outside the home effectively.
You now know everything about the weather station: what it is, its functions and its different versions. All you have to do is assess your needs, compare the offers and choose the product that will meet all your requirements!