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27 Feb 2005
NWS has issued a Tornado Watch for Florida, also noting 7 foot seas and rip current threats.

:arrow: NWS Statement
27 Feb 2005
Just a reminder, since so many of you will be affected by this storm, your accumulations are wanted on our SnowMatrix. This is a sortable database of amateur snowfall reports. Anyone can enter amounts; WeatherMatrix Members have their location and information saved so they don't have to enter it each time.

:arrow: The WeatherMatrix SnowMatrix
27 Feb 2005
I have posted a summary of what we know so far, here:

http://www.weathermatrix.net/archive/storm...0502/0105.shtml
24 Oct 2004
Being currently responsible for answering email requests via the WeatherMatrix website, I get asked this question a lot. Although sometimes the recommendation depends on what you need to measure, how accurately and how often, there are some basic rules which I will outline below.

First, my experience has shown that quality control in the Weather Station sector of industry is fairly low.

I have not had a good enough experience with any of the stations to recommend a "good" low-priced one. I test stations as a hobby and have had fatal failures within 6 months of purchase on stations ranging in price from $300 to $3000.

When purchasing an electronic weather station, you need to make your purchase based on the station's features, warranty, and the customer support (or lack thereof) from the company selling the stations. For example, it might be a better idea to purchase a station from a physical store than to mail-order one, or it might be better to purchase from a company that concentrates on manufacturing weather stations than from a place which has a lot of other irons in the fire.

Ease of installation is another thing to think about. Wireless is the easiest way to go for installation. Wired installations can be tricky due to line length and windows/doors. Wireless stations are usually more expensive.

The Rainwise station I am using (WS-2000) was the easiest station I have ever installed because 1.) It was wireless and 2.) It came fully assembled, ready to stick on the tripod. No batteries even!

The WeatherHawk is also pretty easy to install, even though it requires battery installation.

A station to contrast those against is the Oregon Scientific WMR-918, also wireless, but which requires mounting of at least six different pieces, and the solar transmitters require removal of no less than 6 tiny screws which require a special screwdriver.

If you are considering wired versus wireless make sure you ask the manufacturer how things are transmitted... some frequencies are restricted to transmitting every 12 seconds or so by FCC rules. As an example, if the station measures wind speed every 5 seconds, it would need to transmit the maximum, rather than latest, wind gust during that period, or you might miss it.
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