Home Weather Stations: A Discussion


Nice offshore flow today peaked out around 5 millibars from DLS to PDX.  No peak wind reports from the usual windy spot in Corbett (I’ll get on that in the next week or so), but even at TTD it peaked out at 37 mph.  I saw dust blowing up several hundred feet in the air out at Sand Island (Rooster Rock Park), so I’m guessing gusts out there were in the 40-50 mph range.  Lighter wind now will continue through tomorrow morning, then goes flat tomorrow.

Okay, let’s talk weather sensors.   Usually geeks like us put several hundred dollars into a good digital weather station.  It would be easy to spend over $1,000 for all the bells and whistles.

Which ones have you had good luck with, or were an absolute disaster?

What about web cams?  I see lots of those on some websites.

I’ll put my experience down below in the comments.

Chief Meteorologist – Mark Nelsen

151 Responses to Home Weather Stations: A Discussion

  1. Darn! I’m late on this one. I have a busted LaCrosse WS 2308 and it’s uh…….busted LOL
    Actually the Wireless sensor failed and I need a new one.
    Aside from the wireless communication NOT being real time it’s an O.K. little unit.

  2. High of 79.1° after a morning low of 57.3°, nice day!

  3. Tetra says:

    I’m going to use my Trycycle and when I get back after I settle down I’ll email you the question Mark.

  4. Tetra says:

    Your right Mark. That’s a bit creepy having to wait a couple days for a reply.

    Do you know Mark how long ago home weather stations started since I didn’t even discover them until blogs like these came too.

    I’m betting the mid to late 90s when computers got really small……..especally out here since this is an agriculture state and doesn’t get the latest stuff first. 😦

    71.2F and mostly clear.

    • Tetra, I know HeathKit sold a complete weather station back in the late 60’s/early 70’s……I owned a “Tradewind” anemometer (wind gauge) back in the early 70’s…I know Maximum and Taylor had individual instruments, (barometers, rain gauges, wind gauges, etc..) back in the 70’s as well…The Maximum brand was pretty expensive in those days….I think most modern weather stations are like you said, a product of the computer generation….

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      The Davis Weather Wizard showed up as early as 1992. I helped install a bunch of those in the Gorge and on Cabbage Hill when I was working for a private weather company.

      I bought a Maximum Anemometer in 1985. It was the quality brass thing with the needle that gets driven up by the power coming back from the cups. I still have it, but it’s been in a box for 10-12 years. I think it cost me $350 back then. REALLY expensive for a 16 year old! That must have been berry-picking money and my first cannery job too. Priorities…

  5. Tetra says:

    No one answered my question.

    • Mark Nelsen says:


      There aren’t many people in general on this blog on a slow weather day. You might have at be a bit more patient and wait a couple days for a reply. Different story in winter; you get an answer in an hour or less.

  6. Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

    I have been tracking some pretty good thunderstorms in Utah, severe thunderstorms moved through Salt Lake City a couple hours back, many reports of high winds came through. They issued a watch before the action picked up.

    Another boring day here in the Willamette Valley, morning sprinkles with afternoon mostly sunny sky; not what I want after a bunch of endless sun we got through, especially without thunderstorms. Like, “real” thunderstorms. Not talking about those wimpy cold core showers, I want the real stuff. 🙂

    • Timmy_Supercell (Hillsboro) says:

      On this day about 3 years ago, quarter sized hail was reported in Oregon City…. Hmm, somethings missing. 😦


  7. Another nice day…

    72.2F under partly cloudy skies

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