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stretchct
post Feb 11 2013, 05:15 PM
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My WMR-968 is just about done after 5 years. So I'm looking into replacements. My concern with many weather stations is that the setup keeps all the components together. What I liked about the WMR-968 was that the anemometer could mount on the roof, the thermometer on the side of my shed 75 feet away in the shade, and the rain gauge on my sunroom roof.

If I'm viewing the product correctly, the Vantage Vue is one solid unit, meaning either the anemometer will be sheltered or the thermometer will be in the sun. The Vantage Pro looks similar, but I notice there is a cord for the anemometer which perhaps could reach the roof? Ideally, I'd like the thermometer 4-6 feet off the ground, in the shade, and the anemometer where it will catch some wind. Does the radiation shield work well enough to have it located on the roof or on the north side of the house?

If they both must have the sensors kept together, then what advantage does the Pro have over Vue?

Also, there are a lot of complaints about needing a data logger. The WMR-968 didn't have a data logger, I just plugged it into an old laptop dedicated to it. Will the same work for both of the Davis stations?


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3-14 11.5"
3-10 5.5"
2-12 4"
2-9 15.75"
1-30 2.5"
1-23/24 1.25
1-14 1"
1-7 6.5"
1-6 2"
12-17 6"
12-12 1"
12-5 1"
First measurable 12-5 1"
First flakes 10-27
First freeze 10-25
First frost 10-11

Seasonal snow - normal 44"
2015-16: 33.5"
2014-2015 57"
2013-2014 58.25"
2012-2013 64.5"
2011-2012 30.5"
2010-2011 79"
2009-2010 49"
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post Feb 12 2013, 12:37 AM
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Even if the sensor must be kept close, the vantage pro has a larger rain gauge so it is more accurate. Also in cold weather the water from the rain gauge can freeze and stop the wind vane from moving. It is easy to go outside and fix it, but it is one more thing to do. I have the Vantage Vue and like it, but if I could afford the Pro I would get it. It is more flexible.
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post Feb 19 2013, 08:21 PM
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QUOTE(stretchct @ Feb 11 2013, 10:15 PM) *
My WMR-968 is just about done after 5 years. So I'm looking into replacements. My concern with many weather stations is that the setup keeps all the components together. What I liked about the WMR-968 was that the anemometer could mount on the roof, the thermometer on the side of my shed 75 feet away in the shade, and the rain gauge on my sunroom roof.

If I'm viewing the product correctly, the Vantage Vue is one solid unit, meaning either the anemometer will be sheltered or the thermometer will be in the sun. The Vantage Pro looks similar, but I notice there is a cord for the anemometer which perhaps could reach the roof? Ideally, I'd like the thermometer 4-6 feet off the ground, in the shade, and the anemometer where it will catch some wind. Does the radiation shield work well enough to have it located on the roof or on the north side of the house?

If they both must have the sensors kept together, then what advantage does the Pro have over Vue?

Also, there are a lot of complaints about needing a data logger. The WMR-968 didn't have a data logger, I just plugged it into an old laptop dedicated to it. Will the same work for both of the Davis stations?


I've had a Vantage Pro for over ten years. The first of the series, and still works fine. The anemometer/wind vain does not have to be part of sensor suite. There is a considerable amount of wiring the allow it to be mounted elsewhere. The rain gauge and temperature sensors are together and can not be moved. However, there are options that allow stand alone temp and humidity sensors to be placed elsewhere, but can report wirelessly. I don't have a data logger, so I can't comment about that.


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post Mar 11 2013, 08:51 AM
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One last question - do I need to place the thermometer in the sun so that the solar charged batteries are effective, or will they get enough light in the shade?


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My Wunderground station
weather in my area and winter storm/hurricane model analysis

"I'd rather bust low than bust high" - 2/9 Called for 9-10, got 15

Winter stats 2016-17
Snow to date: 58"
3-14 11.5"
3-10 5.5"
2-12 4"
2-9 15.75"
1-30 2.5"
1-23/24 1.25
1-14 1"
1-7 6.5"
1-6 2"
12-17 6"
12-12 1"
12-5 1"
First measurable 12-5 1"
First flakes 10-27
First freeze 10-25
First frost 10-11

Seasonal snow - normal 44"
2015-16: 33.5"
2014-2015 57"
2013-2014 58.25"
2012-2013 64.5"
2011-2012 30.5"
2010-2011 79"
2009-2010 49"
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