This is a long shot, but enough of us are into enough geeky hobbies that someone may have some input....
I've been an avid weather buff for as long as I can remember. Love the weather, watching storms, almost went to college for Meteorology, etc. Recently, I became a member of my local NWS office's SWOP team. It basically means that I email them with any sort of significant weather happenings in my area. Most specifically, rainfall totals. It's a neat program and I'd encourage anyone in the US that enjoys the weather to find out if their local office participates in this.
Anyway, I have had an indoor/outdoor thermometer/barometer station for a couple of years. Its sensors are not working very well and it's time to replace it. I want to upgrade to something that can do wind and rainfall, so I can be more helpful in the SWOP reports. So I'm looking at the low-end of home weather stations that include rain gauges and anemometers (wind). I can't justify spending $500+ on a Davis system, even though they are supposed to be the best. I'm looking at something in the $100-$200 range, like an Oregon Scientific WMR100
or a LaCrosse WS-2371U
. Wireless is almost a necessity, as the best mounting place I have is surrounded by concrete which makes burying wires tricky.
The problem is that I keep finding very conflicted reports on these lower-end stations. Some reviews say they're all crap, while others say they work quite well. The WMR100 seems to get fairly consistently good reviews. But I do need one that is fairly accurate in terms of wind & rain.
So is anyone here a weather buff that actually owns a home weather station? I'd be very interested to hear about what model you have, how tricky it was to set up, and what you like and don't like about it.