Weather stations make up a remarkably large segment of the smart appliance sector. Not expensive commercial weather forecasting devices that cost thousands of dollars, but smaller home stations with some basic sensing instruments and the computing power to crunch the weather data into a forecast.
Why are intelligent weather stations so popular? Is there a large group of farmers or technicians out there using sensitive outdoor equipment who need highly localized weather information to protect their livelihoods? Judging from the advertising copy for the Oregon Scientific BAR208HGA Advanced Weather Station, the market for this tiny weather station seems more likely to be weather hobbyists or even people who simply want to know what to expect outside their front door.
As smart weather stations go, the Oregon Scientific is fairly bare bones. It consists of an information display and a sensor that can be placed wherever you want to know the meteorological conditions, including inside your home. (Up to two additional sensors can be added.) Its black-and-green LCD display shows the temperature, humidity and whether the humidity is rising or falling. It also shows an icon for the weather forecast -- sun for sunny, clouds for cloudy, just like on television weather forecasts -- and a picture of the moon showing what phase it's in. All the stuff you need to know.
Of course, you can learn the same stuff from an app on your smartphone or by going to one of the many weather sites on the Web. And for the same price (or even slightly less) you can buy the Ambient Weather WS-110, which offers slightly more data and a more colorful display. If you want to go higher end (and shell out a higher price), you might also consider the Netatmo NWS01-US or the AcuRite 01085RM.
The thing can't be read except by tilting it to an exact angle. When I use the orange backlight I can't see anything. Don't waste your money! A big disappointment!
Was very pleased that it picked up my additional 2 transmitters and started reading all 3 almost immediately. Very pleased so far.
Backlight is convenient... Only problem I had was that when remote unit is moved too far from receiver, when back in proximity, receiver seems to switch from the channel set.
This thing is pretty good, simple, and straightforward. If you like knowing the temperature and humidity... inside and out, can't go wrong with this.
This is the 3rd Oregon Scientific product I have bought in the last 10 years, and I won't buy any more! The main unit will not receive input from the outside sensor...
This unit does exactly what it advertised. It's accurate in temperature and humidity and does a decent job with the 12 hour forecast. Very pleased!
Large and easy to read. All the info you need. Great light fully highlights the full screen. Love it!