1. Weather station should be reasonably priced but of acceptable precision – met
2. Data wiring to weather station – prefer wireless – met
3. Power wiring to weather station – prefer none – met
4. Weather station should not be unsightly (like placed in middle of the yard) – well
5. Preference is not to have a computer running 24×7 – met
6. Data should be sent to the WeatherUnderground.com – met
7. If software required, should work on Windows or Mac – met, not requiredSolution (bundled for about $460)
1. Davis 6250 Vantage Vue weather station with console/receiver ($395)
2. Davis 6555 WeatherLink IP ($295)
3. home made mounting pole and base
Siting the station near trees or structures lowers wind measurement quality. No location was available that met the tree guidelines. The station is mounted on a 5 foot steel pole.
The console sits inside and is attached to an Ethernet cable and AC adapter.
Register the station on Weatherlink.com using the included ID and key.
Register a new weather station on WeatherUnderground.
Go back to Weatherlink.com and add the WeatherUnderground station ID and your account password to the Upload section of WeatherLink.
It takes about 15 minutes for the WeatherLink site to send data to WeatherUndergound.com.
Follow a similar set of steps if you want data sent to Citizens Weather.
Note – The installation requires no software install even though the marketing materials suggest a Windows computer is needed. An internet connect web browser is all that is required as the Weatherlink.com site actually sends the data to other sites.
The Weatherlink IP package does include Windows software to do local analysis but is not required.