A great writer who may or may not have been Mark Twain once said that, while everybody talks about the weather, nobody does anything about it. That's demonstrably untrue. We do lots of things about the weather. We cancel picnics because of it. We huddle under canopies because of it. We even rush out and buy all of the toilet paper in the local grocery store because of it.
What we can't do is change it. We can only keep an eye on storm systems and brace for the worst if they start moving in our direction. You can rely on the Weather Channel or the Internet to watch the weather for you or you can take the DIY route and buy a weather station. If that's the way you want to go, Oregon Scientific has personal weather stations for every budget and every degree of weather obsession. The Oregon Scientific BAR218HG is near the low end of the line but it packs a fair number of features into a device about the size of a larger iPhone (not counting the BAR218HG's external sensors).
The display will look familiar to anyone who's ever looked at an inexpensive weather station. It spells out the basics on a clear LCD display: indoor and outdoor temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius, relative humidity, weather forecast icon (clouds for cloudy, sun for sunny, etc.), barometric pressure and time of day. The barometer reading includes an arrow to indicate whether the pressure is rising or falling, a piece of data that's actually more important than the pressure reading itself. (If the barometer is falling, you might consider running out to the grocery for toilet paper.) You can connect the BAR218HG with up to five external sensors, though only one is included in the basic package.
For a similarly priced weather station from Ohio Scientific rival La Crosse, see the La Crosse Technology 308-146.
This is proving to be a very good device so far. It paired easily with my iPhone 5 and the app makes it very easy to view the readings... I'm quite happy with this.
Excellent weather station! Remotes from earlier models (THGR268) connected as soon as unit turned on. Mobile app for iPhone only took 2-3 minutes to install and calibrate.
Stunningly unreliable! The iPhone app crashes constantly. They promised to fix it four months ago, but no luck. And the app does not run on the iPad, only the iPhone.
The unit works just as advertised. The addition of bluetooth makes it even more convenient. An accurate local temperature in your pocket. What more do you need?
The figures and icons are very clear. They give a good overview of the temperature inside and outside the house. It can also easily be placed anywhere... highly recommended!
It should be made clearer that this product does need Bluetooth 4.0 (only the newest iPads have this) so therefore does not work with older iPads below version 3.
Great product especially with the iPhone app that allows you to see a week of history of temperature, humidity and pressure. So far so good!
The weather station works very well. The connection to the smartphone via Bluetooth works perfectly. This can be better exploited and more versatile.
Works flawlessly. Large, clear display. Reliable connection to the smartphone. I am very pleased!