Calling All Home Weather Station Owners

| November 16, 2008 @ 6:53 pm | 29 Replies

Blog reader Scot Rhodes needs some help. He is contemplating the purchase of a LaCrosse weather station. He asks:

I am looking at wireless weather stations and would like your input. Do you have an opinion on La Crosse products? Here is a link to a particular product.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Scot Rhodes

Alright team…what weather station do you own? How would you rate it on performance, accuracy, sturdiness, resolution, etc.? What would you change about the product? Let’s all pitch in and help Scot, and others who might be considering a weather station this holiday season.


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  1. Beth in Saks says:

    This is way over my head, but I’d like to hear how it turns out:) I didn’t even know you could buy these…thanks for the insite.

  2. Acid Reign says:

    …..I’ve had a LaCrosse model 9035U wireless weather station since Christmas of 2007. I seem to remember it costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $40-50 on Amazon. I did receive it as a gift, so I’m not 100 percent sure! All of the original batteries that I put in the outdoor module, and in the indoor unit, are still going strong.

    …..I’ve had much lower wind readings than the “real” weather observers, and the NWS. I finally fixed that by fastening the anemometer on my chimney. I’m fairly close, now. My temps tended to be more moderate than media-reported ones, too. That was likely due to me putting the receiver close to the ground. Prevailing wisdom has it that an outdoor thermometer/temp gauge should be placed at head level, not in the sun, to determine accurate air temperature. It’s important to pay close attention to installation instructions.

    …..I live in a valley in Homewood, and between the sheltered location, and city heat, more moderate winds and temps are to be expected, I guess. I’m usually 7-10 degrees warmer than stalwart commenters like Bill in Vigo, for instance. The high for the year on my station, was on July 21, at 97.3 degrees. Also in the valley, the feature for receiving time from the government atomic clock in Boulder, via shortwave, doesn’t work. I had to set the time manually, and it runs about a minute fast per month.

    …..I’d have to say I’ve really enjoyed having the weather station, and checking it in the morning and evening has become a part of my daily routine. It’s been useful to every member of the family, too, to help folks determine how to dress for outdoor events.

    …..Right now, we’ve got a brisk 40.1 degrees, here at the home office in Homewood…

  3. Alan in Bear Creek says:

    I own the Davis Vantage Pro2. I feel it is THE best for the money, period. I got it from Scientific Sales. The price was WAY below the advertised prices I saw anywhere else. Tom at Scientific Sales was a great help also. The accuracy of the Pro2 is unbeatable. All readings are right in line with the aiport that is 4 miles from me without any adjusting or calibrating. I was also considering a LaCrosse Wx station but I am so glad I chose Davis. I am on a fixed income so price was definitely an issue for me.

  4. Vic at Black Creek/Scrougeout says:

    I’ve had a LaCrosse model 9035U wireless weather station for several years with no problems at all. I keep Lithium batteries in it and change them about this time each year. The old ones are still working good. I just don’t won’t it to quit on me on a record setting night in the middle of winter, so I play it safe.

  5. Stephan Frank says:

    I agree about the Davis Vantage Pro 2 being an excellent choice. I’ve not had experience with the LaCrosse so I can’t give a comparison opinion. I have the wireless transmitter so it was a breeze to set up and maintain.

  6. Phillip, Skywatcher says:

    Davis Vantage Pro2. Recommend a separate transmitter for the anemometer to get it up high and then mount the other equipment over grass at approximately 5 feet high to get the most accurate temp/humidity/dew point. The instructions are clear about this recommendation. Also, having the rain bucket in the lower mounting allows the ease of cleaning out leaves, etc.

  7. John Talbot says:

    I had a LaCrosse for my first & would recommend it to anytime for the quality & low price of a good,accurite wx station as long as you put it in the correct places.

  8. MatthewP says:

    I have a La Crosse Wireless weather station…don’t ask me what the model is though LOL , as i don’t even remember. I just know it is the $200 version. I’ve had it for several months now and it has worked pretty well for me so far, with the only exceptions being the fact that I live around a lot of trees, so i had to mount the wind gauge up on the top of my outdoor antenna to get a correct reading. The only other problem i’ve had is when the batteries get low on energy it reads the temperature as WAY too high. A few weeks ago when the high temps were in the low 80’s, my batteries were low and read the daytime temps as high as 110 degrees!! LOL But all that’s sorted now and it’s working wonderfully again.
    I highly suggest this model if you want a good station that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg…it has just about everything you need. It reads temps, rain, wind, barometric pressure, humidity, dewpoint…the whole works. Plus it plugs right into your computer so you can get all your data collected and stored. You can also stream your weather live on Weather Underground 🙂

  9. MatthewP says:

    here’s the link to the type i have by the way….

  10. Chad, Coldwater SkyWatcher says:

    To get started…all you need are the basics. When I bought my current instruments price was a huge concern. However, I did not want something unreliable or inaccurate. After a little research…here is what I came up with:

    Available at the big blue box hardware store.

    This weather station and rain gauge have performed extremely well for me. The only drawback to this entry level system is its inability to sync with a computer for long term record keeping etc. Change batteries every 5-6 months and you will be pleased.

  11. Chief Vaughan says:

    I swear by my Davis Vantage 2 Pro… It is top notch! When you couple it with the computer software that is available to use with it there is simply no comparison on the market. I have not used the Lacrosse stations, but I have heard they are good products for the money. However, if you are looking for the best value for the money you need not look any further than the Davis unit.

  12. Lawrence Weedov says:

    Davis vantage pro 2 is the best.

  13. TwstrPs says:

    I have a LaCrosse weather station. Got it last Christmas for around $115. Unfortunately, we haven’t had too good of results with it. The one Scot is looking at does seem to have better equipment with it though. We just can’t get it working right for some reason….I’m dumbfounded. On July 25, we had a low of 3.4 and a high temp of 136! And the temperature seems to be the only reasonably accurate thing on it. The other night when the wind was howling (actually making that eerie sound outside the house), we had sustained winds of 1 mph and gust about 2 mph. Yet it has recorded a gust 155 on Oct. 30. Plus, it hasn’t recorded any rainfall amount in several months even though everything has been reset. We’ve changed the batteries twice this year and made sure everything was hooked up right. We actually had to send our first one back because it didn’t work at all!
    In short, I’ve seen several great reviews with LaCrosse products, BUT we’re having a lot a bad luck with it. My 2 cents.

  14. Jay Simpson says:

    Go with the Davis Vantage Pro2, I looked at the one you are considering and decided to go ahead and get the Davis instead and I have never regretted it. It was also recommended by James Spann and is the same stations (if I recall) they use on the skycam locations if that tells you anything.

  15. Ronald says:

    My 1st station was a WS1611 which is very similar.The wind speed has never worked correctly, always being slow with actual wind speed. Tried to get La Crosse to change it out which never happened. Contacted them several times about this issue. Everything else worked great. Finally replaced it with a Davis 6152 and now have it updated to a 6163, extremely satisfied with the Davis

  16. Wally says:

    You will find the accuracy of any particular weather station is based on the polling rate of the sensor. Lower cost weather stations have a very low polling rate, and more expensive station have a faster polling rates. The polling rate differences will really show themselves on the anemometer. Any automatic rain gauge tend to under report rainfall, but the cheaper the station…the worse the error. The other major issue is with temperature. You MUST HAVE a good shield (i.e. Stevenson Screen) for the temperature sensor. Temperature sensor (and dew point) are very sensitive to direct and in direct sunlight. Many of the more expensive weather stations (like the Davis Vantage Pro) come with the Stevenson Screen), and the lower cost station do not. Here is a pretty good guide and comparison of several weather stations.

    Personally, you will be very happy with a Davis Vantage Pro 2 if your budget will allow. Where Davis gets you is the WeatherLink interface you have to purchase separately to connect your weather station to the computer. If you are interested connecting the weather station to a computer, I can recommend either Virtual Weather Station or Weather Display .

  17. Scot Rhodes says:

    Thanks to everyone for your input!

  18. Lane Kilgore says:

    I have a Davis Vantage Pro 2. It came from Ambient Weather. They have a link you can click on and they will email you a lower price point. They aren’t allowed to publish the lower price directly on their site. I believe they still give you their weather software for free to use with the Davis station (Virtual Weather Station). I use for my internet weather website. No matter what station you end up getting, you can post your weather station information live to the internet with wunderground for free. A Davis Vantage Pro 2 is about as close as you can get to having a professional weather station without having to spend $1000’s of dollars. I have never heard of a bad review for a Davis. Good luck in your search.

  19. Rob says:

    Davis Vantage Pro 2. Yes it costs more but you will save money in the long term beucase it will not need to be replaced in a few years.

    I am going on my 7th year with my Vantage Pro 1 and it still works perfectly.

    The Davis customer support team is incredible, some of the nicest guys you will talk to on the phone and they know EVERYTHING about the product. I have been impressed each time I have called with a question.

  20. Bryan says:

    I have an older model of the Weather Station you are looking at. I does most things well except for the wind speed indicator. It updates only so often and therefore does not record wind gusts unless it happens to update during a gust. Also the vanes are easily interfered with (leaves, spider webs). Other than that, it has performed as advertised.

  21. Brandon says:

    I have a LaCrosse WS-2308. I have had great results out of this station until my dog chewed the data cord from the sensor to the base up. Simple replace of a phone cord is all that took though. Hard wired is the way to go. The data refresh rate is much faster. When using in wireless mode, any activity between updates is lost, and only what is current at time of update is what is recorded. Wireless updates every 90 seconds. Alot can be missed in 90 seconds, so I opted for the hard wired. It is delayed only 7 seconds. These can be found for around $200.

  22. Laresa says:

    Why don’t you look at Honeywell weather station TE923W or TE924W?

    These stations are worth to look at for sure.

    TE923W has everything you need – temperature, humidity for 5 channels plus 1 indoor temp. channel; wind speed and wind direction, rainfall, UV measurements, barometric pressure and forecast. sunrise/sunset and even remote control for the display.

    TE924W has everything plus NOAA SAME weather radio, minus UV sensor and remote for display.

    Check these items out!

  23. james braselton says:

    hi there i own lots of weather stations soo this list probaly take a while orgon scintific wmr-200 a wire less davis vantage pro a msn direct useing fm broad cast no sensores 2 portable davis handels anoluge and digital anouther digital wind sensore wmr 918 and wmr 200 i have sky scan lighting detectors i have a mini weather studio probaly $10,000 in weather detection only thing now is my own dopplar radar

  24. james braselton says:

    hi there i own lots of weather stations soo this list probaly take a while orgon scintific wmr-200 a wire less davis vantage pro a msn direct useing fm broad cast no sensores 2 portable davis handels anoluge and digital anouther digital wind sensore wmr 918 and wmr 200 i have sky scan lighting detectors i have a mini weather studio probaly $10,000 in weather detection only thing now is my own dopplar radar oh forgot too mention i still rwaly want a 3d weather station were a 3d tornado pops out of the 3d screen when pressure falls rapidly also be alwsoume

  25. james braselton says:

    hi there acurite weather stations are the best easyiest batteries replacment just a door no tools reqiered

  26. james braselton says:

    hi there my acurite 1525 is best weather station its solar powered uses 4 aa batteries 14 forcasting icons cost $159.99 the display has back light and butifual dissplay weather dissplay has icons for modes

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