Review: Oregon Scientific WMR200 Professional Weather Station
We've had the Oregon Scientific WMR200 Professional Weather Station for just about a year now, and can safely say it's a really amazing weather station. Setup and maintence has been a breeze, and we've found the data it's provided to us on rainfall, wind, and general weather trends to be both accurate, and interesting.
It might look daunting, but setup requires only about an
hour of your time. Once it's setup, it's also very easy to move
around your yard and try new locations.
Detailed features include:
- Displays Weather Forecast icons--Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy, Rainy or Snow
- Displays current moon phase
- Indoor and outdoor (up to 10 wireless sensors) temperature and humidity measurements
- Measures temperature, humidity, wind chill, wind speed, wind direction, UV index (optional), barometric pressure and rainfall
- Displays dew point, wind chill and heat index readings
- Weather alert alarms for temperature, heat index, humidity, dew point, gust wind and rainfall rate
- Automatically sets itself to the U.S. Atomic Clock
- Includes 5-language software--English, Dutch, Italy, Spanish and French to store and view weather data on your PC via USB download
- On-board Data Logger Function stores data with a time stamp
- Long range transmission of 300 feet (100 meters) at 433MHz between the main unit and remote sensors
- Main console features touch-screen controls and EL backlight
- Installation kit allows for multiple mounting options (includes 6 foot mounting pole)
- Low battery indicator icons for both main units and wireless sensors
- Operating temperature range: -50°C to +70°C (-58°F to 158°F)
- Includes 6V DC AC adapter for main unit and batteries for wireless sensors
- Includes 6 foot usb cable
Setting up the weather station once it's built is straight forward. After it's placed, and all the units have batteries - the remote sensors - you can then turn on the main unit and sync everything up. The main unit will start receiving data immediately, but you also must walk through the step by step setup guide and put in your location - etc.
Once set up, make sure the solar panel is pointing in the right direction.
We have changed the batteries once in the past year.
We found altering the order of setting up the main unit display to not be good. You need to do it step by step, or you'll miss setting up critical info. The unit also autmatically sets the time - etc. If you have a week signal, you can move the unit around or just wait for the signal to improve for the atomic clock functions.
The base goes right into the ground,
and even over the winter stayed in place perfectly.
One of the things we like most is how easy the weather station display is to lug around the house. You can leave it plugged in, or you can unplug it and use it wherever you are sitting. In storms with high winds, it can be fun to sit back and watch how high the winds can go.
The main unit for capturing data is easy to read, and the
touch screen display makes digging deeper into your weather data easy.
You can set weather alerts, and also get trends over 24 hour periods.
The icons light up to show you what area you are using with the touch screen.
We highly recommend the Oregon Scientific WMR200 Professional Weather Station. It's easy to use, setup, and maintain. We think both weather enthusiasts or anyone who wants to know the weather in their location will love this weather station.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at June 20, 2008 7:20 AM