Owning a weather station can be a great way to stay on top of the weather in your local area and access the data you need to make real-time decisions. Whether you’re a homeowner, a business owner, or a hobbyist, having a weather station can give you the current and historical weather data you need to plan for the future.
Once you have decided that you need a weather station for yourself or your business, the next step is to research different models and brands. Many kinds of weather stations are available, ranging from consumer-grade options that are easy to use to professional-grade systems that offer more detailed data and customization options.
The KestrelMet 6000 Weather Station is one of the most popular professional weather stations on the market today. A completely standalone solution right out of the box, the KestrelMet 6000 is equipped with reliable cellular coverage, a 24-hour aspirated fan for improved accuracy, multiple mounting options, and user-friendly data viewing via the cloud-connected offering – Ambient Weather Network™ where you can access your station data through the online portal or AWN app available on iOS or Android.
Below is our comprehensive guide to understanding weather stations and how the KestrelMet weather station offerings compare. We’ll help you understand the different types of stations available and what features are most important to consider when making your purchase decision.
How Does a Weather Station Work?
A weather station is typically comprised of sensors that collect data on various environmental factors, such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, and wind speed. These data points are then transmitted to a central processing unit using cabled or wireless technology via cellular or wi-fi communication protocol. That data can then be analyzed and used to make real-time decisions about the current weather conditions and build forecasts for the future.
A fully configured all-in-one solution, the KestrelMet 6000 eliminates any guesswork required to choose the right sensor combination. The solar-powered sensor array combines all the essential components to accurately monitor critical weather conditions. All the data gathered from the unit can be easily observed on Ambient Weather Network (AWN), where you can access a personalized dashboard, view graphs, and charts, and set alerts for changing conditions.
Choosing a Durable Weather Station
Durability is a serious consideration if you’re looking for a high-quality professional weather station. If you are investing in a piece of hardware, you want it to last and be accurate and efficient.
The KestrelMet 6000 is designed with durability in mind. Its weather-resistant housing protects the sensors from rain, dust, and wind to ensure accuracy and stability in even the most challenging conditions. Additionally, its solar power system means you never need to worry about running out of battery. When it comes to accuracy, KestrelMet offers the best solution for data reliability. Get ultra-reliable weather information, even in remote locations with a cellular connection. Cellular provides the best solution for data reliability for professionals or anyone who doesn’t want to deal with interruptions from spotty internet connections. The KestrelMet 6000 Wi-Fi Weather Station provides the same accurate, durable weather monitoring with a Wi-Fi connection that tranmists data up to 1000 ft.
Considering the Range of Your Weather Station
The range of a weather station is the distance between it and the furthest point it can measure weather data from. For example, if you have an outdoor weather station that only measures conditions in your backyard, it will have a very short range. If you have a large piece of property or need to gather data in a remote location, you should look for a professional station. Cellular-transmission stations, like the KestrelMet 6000, are the best option for long-range because you aren’t limited by a Wi-Fi connection.
Many other factors can affect the range of a weather station, including the location and height of your station and any obstructions between it and the furthest measurement point. The KestrelMet 6000 allows you to choose between the Mono Mount Kit or the Tripod Mount Kit to best fit your needs. Both options offer quick installation and a secure mounting system. The Mono Mount can be used on a pitched or flat roof and a vertical surface such as a gable end. While the Tripod can be used on flat terrain, a flat roof, or the ridge of a pitched roof.
Powering Your Weather Station
Another vital factor to consider when choosing a weather station is how you will power it. Location will be a determining factor in selecting the right powering options for you. A solar-powered station will have more location flexibility than a wired one.
Several common power sources used today:
- One of the most popular is solar power, which uses energy from the sun to power the station.
- Another option is to use a battery. Weather stations can be powered by rechargeable batteries, which are typically easy to replace and maintain.
- The last option is an AC power source connected to your electricity.
Solar-powered with a backup battery, the KestrelMet offers a flexible, reliable option for powering your weather station.
Whatever power source you choose, ensure it’s reliable and provides enough energy to keep your weather station running.
Accessing Your Weather Station Data
Once your weather station is up and running, you’ll need to access the data it collects. Depending on your setup, this may be done directly through a display console connected to the station or remotely via a web-based platform.
What’s the point of measuring hyper-local weather conditions if you can’t view it when and where you want? The KestrelMet 6000 is compatible with the Ambient Weather Network (AWN) for viewing your data no matter where you are.
AWN provides around-the-clock access to the weather information that you care about. The online dashboard allows you to view and manage your weather station data. Remotely monitor current weather conditions or view historical data to visualize trends and zero in on anomalies.
With reliable, site-specific weather data available on your mobile device or desktop — you’re empowered to make the right decision when the weather threatens to impact your passion or profession.
Is a Personal Weather Station Worth it?
Yes, when you invest in a quality product. A weather station is a great tool that can offer a convenient way to access your hyperlocal weather conditions and historical data.
With advanced features like an all-in-one design, 24-hr aspirated fan, cellular coverage, and user-friendly remote monitoring, the KestrelMet 6000 can help you stay informed and make smart decisions about everything from property maintenance to environmental regulations.