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» Weather Stations Explained

  • What is a digital weather station/forecaster?

    The simple answer is they all have one thing in common, all our digital stations predict what the weather will be doing in the future in your area. They are so simple to set up and they all display a weather forecast using easy to understand weather graphics to show what the weather is doing i.e.…

     

    • The sun graphic is showing – things are looking up
    • The rain graphic is showing – looks like it’s time to find my coat
     

    How they do that is basically the same from the lowest to the most expensive one we sell. What else they can do varies and like all things in life, the more expensive it is the more it can do.

     

    So how does it actually work out what the weather is going to be like?

     

    All the weather forecasters and stations we sell work on atmospheric pressure, which is commonly called barometric pressure, that’s basically the air pressure that surrounds us. Many factors affect this pressure but in simple terms, when the pressure falls the weather is going to get poorer and when it rises it’s going to get better.

     

    Traditional barometers are something most of us are familiar with, they hang on the wall and have a dial to show the changes in air pressure indicating which way the weather is headed. They take a bit more effort, as you have to move a marker to the current pressure and then check it later to see if it’s moved.

     

    Digital forecasters on the other hand constantly check the barometric pressure on their own, they then use this information to show you what the weather is doing using easy to follow graphic symbols such as clouds and rain, just like on the TV weather forecasts.

     

    What makes them so great is there’re checking the local air pressure right where you are. The air pressure as we said is dependent on a lot of factors like are you in a valley, is the predominant wind direction, these are called microclimates. We’ve all had conversation with friends and relatives who may live just a few miles away saying “no we’ve had no rain” when it’s tipping it down outside.

     

    That’s a microclimate and whilst some areas of the UK will experience similar weather there are some areas that just do nothing like what the weather forecast on the TV is saying.

     

    To recap, all the weather forecasters we sell are simple to setup and easy to read, in fact the lower priced ones only take a few minutes to set up and you’ll understand the weather forecast graphics immediately without reading the manual.

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» Common Weather Station Issues

  • I’m not getting any outdoor readings?

    This will cure 90% of all sensor connection problems, but it is extremely important that you follow the steps to the letter - 1. Place the sensor next to the main unit. 2. Take the batteries out of your weather station and the wireless sensor, leave them for 20 minutes to completely drain the units and erase all memory. 3. Put the batteries back in as per the order stated in the instruction manual - this is very important - placing them in the wrong order can cause the units not to synchronise. 4. Leave together for a minimum of 3 hours even if it starts to work, this is essential for full synchronisation. 5. If this does not work you must repeat the steps with new batteries in both the main unit and sensor. Even if they are not old it is possible for a single duff battery to cause this problem.

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