The best weather station observer will turn you into your own personal weatherman (or weatherwoman, if you prefer). These devices give you a detailed view of the temperature indoors and outdoors, the local humidity level, the wind speed, the time and date whether the temperature is expected to rise or fall. Weather station forecasters measure the temperature and atmosphere through thermometers, barometers and other sensors that measure rain, wind and humidity levels. With a good weather station observer, you can get this detailed information in an instant.
Sure, you could look up the weather on your phone or turn on the weather channel, but this information won’t be as thorough or as localized as a weather station. What’s more a lot of these devices do more than just tell the time and weather. They can also act as alarm clocks and report even more useful information, making them advanced smart home gadgets in their own right.
Sounds cool, right? They are (and they make great gifts — hint, hint). Check out our picks for the best weather station observers to get right now.
1. La Crosse Wireless Technology Forecast Station
The La Crosse Wireless Weather Forecast Station is easy to read, reliable, and accurate. It comes with a weather-resistant outdoor transmitter that transmits the outdoor temperature and humidity to the indoor display. This forecaster gives the outdoor and indoor temperature, humidity level, comfort level charts, and trend indicators. The trend indicators will tell you how the weather is expected to change in the coming hours. It’s easy to set up, has a self-setting atomic time and date, and is powered via AC adapter.
Pros: Includes weather predictions.
Cons: Takes 7-10 days after setting up for barometric calibration to be accurate.
2. La Crosse Technology Vertical Forecast Station
The La Crosse Technology Vertical Weather Forecast Station tells you the outdoor and indoor temperature, humidity levels, and the heat index/dew point. It also functions as an alarm clock with a snooze button and has a precise atomic clock that allows for accurate timekeeping. It has a large easy to read display, a built-in remote sensor, and links up to a satellite for time/date readings.
Pros: Simple and easy to set up.
Cons: Display can be a bit dim and may be hard to read during the day.
3. Ambient Weather WS-2902B WiFi Smart Weather Station
Like our other options, this weather station from Ambient Weather will tell you the temperature outside, as well as the time and the date. But the reason you pick up this observer, as opposed to the other options on our list, is because you want to know everything. You want to know the rainfall and dew point. You want to understand the amount of solar radiation and UV radiation surrounding your home as well as the wind direction and its speed. For a true understanding of the weather outside, this is the best station to get.
Pros: Measures temperature, humidity, rainfall, dew point, wind direction, solar radiation, wind speed, UV and humidity.
Cons: If you want to mount the weather pole, you’ll need to purchase a mount separately.
4. Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station
The Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station is a splurge-worthy weather station that provides accurate and detailed weather information with updates every 2.5 seconds. The Davis is a self-contained weather monitoring system that includes an Integrated Sensor Suite that can wirelessly transmit information to the LCD console up to 100 yards away. The console provides detailed and accurate information on just about every weather pattern users need to know, including barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, dew point, and rainfall. Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity is also on display, as well as icons that provide information on the forecast, moon phase, and sunrise and sunset. Users can see graphs of weather patterns and be alerted through the unit’s alarm when inclement weather is approaching.
Pros: Highly detailed weather station with information updated every 2.5 seconds.
Cons: The Davis has a high price tag and may include more details than what some users need.
5. AcuRite 02081M Weather Station with Jumbo Display
The AcuRite 02081M Weather Station with Jumbo Display provides a vivid, colorful and clear reading of the current weather temperature that will keep users informed of the changing weather pattern around them. The AcuRite includes an AC adapter with an added battery pack for backup in case of a power outage, which is an important feature since weather information can be vital during these times. The weather station can be set to a 12- or 24-hour display and users can choose from 14 icons to help customize their display. A self-calibrated forecasting unit, the AcuRite pulls data from a sensor that can be placed anywhere on the users’ property outside. The waterproof sensor works up to -40 degrees Fahrenheit and is wireless for easy placement. A 330-feet wireless range pulls data every 16 seconds and displays daily highs and lows for both inside and outside temperature.
Pros: Large, colorful display, a self-calibrating unit with a weatherproof outdoor sensor.
Cons: Difficult to adjust the viewing angle of the unit.
6. ThermoPro TP62 Digital Wireless Hygrometer
Get an accurate humidity reading on both the inside and outside of the home with the ThermoPro TP62 Digital Wireless Hygrometer. The affordable hygrometer includes premium sensors that can take readings on humidity levels up to 200 feet away and provide trend predictions. The ThermoPro includes one hygrometer, but customers can buy three more additional monitors that can be synced with the same reader. The wireless digital reader has a large 3.3-inch backlit display that is easy to read. The user-friendly unit has three front-facing buttons that make changing the settings simple and straightforward for users.
Pros: User-friendly design with bright backlit display.
Cons: The ThermoPro does not include any date or time information.
7. La Crosse Technology 327-1414BW Wind Speed Weather Station
If you’re planning for a day outdoors, whether you’re sailing, playing golf, or simply want to know whether you should cancel a barbecue due to inclement weather, the La Crosse Technology 327-1414BW Wind Speed Weather Station will provide accurate information to help decide whether the conditions are right for your activity. The powerful 3-in-1 station provides accurate readings on temperature, humidity, and wind speed, listing current wind readings and comparing them to past dates. The battery-powered unit comes with a sensitive thermo-hygro sensor that helps to provide up-to-date information. Customers can also purchase and sync up to two additional sensors for large outdoor properties and increased accuracy.
Pros: The weather station includes a clock and calendar, as well as detailed readings on the current and forecasted wind speeds.
Cons: The display is not backlit and can be difficult to read in low lighting.
8. La Crosse Technology C82929-INT WiFi Projection Alarm Clock with AccuWeather Forecast
For an alarm clock that can be used for so much more than telling time, there’s the La Crosse Technology C82929-INT WiFi Projection Alarm Clock with AccuWeather Forecast. The large display provides up-to-date information including time, weather forecast, the current temperature both inside and outside the home, and the rate of humidity. Users can also customize the clock to display upcoming events for the day. For those who don’t want to be bothered by a bright display while they sleep, the information can be projected onto a wall or ceiling using the small built-in projector in the unit. The alarm can be used with WiFi to connect to the La Crosse weather app and it also includes a USB port for charging small electronics.
Pros: Combines the functions and features of an alarm clock and weather station in one unit.
Cons: Connecting to WiFi during the initial setup can be difficult.
9. AcuRite 02077 Color Weather Station Forecaster
For some, simple is best. If you find that you fall into that category, this is the weather station observer for you. Simply hang the included sensor in your yard to give accurate readings of the weather immediately surrounding your home. You can get future forecasts as well as the immediate weather. Likewise, the LCD tells the date, time and humidity for indoors and outdoors.
Pros: The temperature reading will give you indoor as well as outdoor. The sensor is simple to set up and can be easily strung up in a tree to capture nearby weather.
Cons: Wireless range only extends to 100 meters (or 330 feet).
10. Netatmo Weather Station With Outdoor Sensor
With two included sensors and access to the Netatmo app, you can check both the indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity and even noise levels of your home from practically anywhere. While we do like how other observers have a dedicated display, it is nice that you can check the weather at home when you’re away. But really, the feature that sets this weather station observer apart is its Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa integration. While the other options on our list are great, nothing beats the convenience of shouting to Alexa to get the weather around your immediate home.
Pros: You can check the weather around your home from wherever you are with the convenient app integration. Works with Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit.
Cons: Does not come with a large LCD for displaying information.