Porland company Oregon Scientific doesn't just make weather stations. They also make Bluetooth-enabled smart alarm clocks, MP3 players, barbecue thermometers and exercise accessories like pedometers and activity trackers. But weather stations are what they're best known for and certainly what they're best represented by on this website. Their WMR-89A is a surprisingly inexpensive unit considering that it comes with a trio of outdoor sensors, including a wind speed and direction sensor, a temperature and humidity sensor, a self-emptying rain gauge (typically an extra cost item on other weather stations), and a radio transmitter that connects the outdoor sensors with the indoor display. (The indoor display measures the temperature and humidity in the sheltered environment of your home while the outdoor sensor does the same while braving the elements.)
That's not to say that this unit necessarily includes everything you might want in a smart meteorology device. What it most conspicuously lacks is a smartphone app for monitoring the same information from the comfort of your pocket, but the indoor display connects to your computer via the USB cable. Some online users complain that Oregon Scientific doesn't include software for doing anything with the information, but apparently the software is available on the Web. It's also not compatible with third-party software, which includes the popular Weather Underground website, so you won't be able to share your data automatically with other weather station users. The dedicated display offers quite a bit of information on its own, including not only the sensor data, but the heat index, wind chill, time and date. It also provides 24-hour bar graphs of barometric pressure, rainfall and UV data, though you'll only see that last one if you buy the optional UV sensor. While comprehensive, the display uses uninspired-looking black and white LCD technology, albeit with a backlight function, which makes it look a little like a 1997 Palm Pilot.
The unit itself is good, the plastic is durable, and each of the sensors are well made. The problem is that the unit does not come with software.
The unit is trash...No software included with the purchase...When I finally did get it installed, the program didn't work anyway...the unit is basically worthless.
Really good product , set up in seconds , clear display. I like the inside and outside humidity readings.
Does what it says and is really good value for money. But, as soon as you connect it to a PC things go rapidly downhill...supplied software is terrible.
Difficult to read. The display is not up to the standards that the current technology can provide.