In this high-tech age, you'd think there would be some way to predict the weather at home, to detect storm systems before they arrive. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was something like that we could keep in our homes so that the weather wouldn't catch us by surprise?
There is. It's called a barometer and it was invented in the 17th century. It measures air pressure and if that pressure is rising or falling the weather is about to change. But this being a high-tech age, it's no longer enough to have a simple barometer, or even a barometer combined with a thermometer combined with a wind gauge. We need a wireless device that will measure the things that barometers, thermometers and wind gauges measure and serve that information up to us digitally, preferably in a way that doesn't require going outside.
There are several such digital weather stations on the market, with the Ambient Weather WS-110 Wireless Weather Station near the low end. (Compare it to the AcuRite 01085RM and the Netatmo NWS01-US, each of which -- new -- costs three or four times what the Ambient weather station does.) Being at the low end, the Ambient offers relatively modest pleasures for the dedicated weather watcher, but based on user reviews they nonetheless seem to be pleasures. The Ambient's most innovative feature is that its customizable LCD display changes color along with the temperature, so you don't have to walk across the room to know whether it's hot or cold outside. It also shows you the humidity, phase of the moon, tracks the day's high and low temperatures, and lets you know if the barometer is rising and falling. (Quick refresher: Rising is good, falling is bad.)
All in all, a useful weather station for the price, though if you're looking to spend more check out the models mentioned above.
By far the best and most accurate weather station I have owned. You know the outdoor temperature at a glance because of the color gradients. Highly recommended!
This has been exactly what I hoped it would be. The temperatures match the local reporting stations, as do the dew point temperature and humidity.