Weather stations? Don’t you have a smartphone for that?

Your smartphone can’t be the answer for everything. Sometimes you need real measurements from your real location. When you use your phone’s weather app, it’s not giving you the weather where you are. It’s giving you the weather at the closest reporting station which is usually an airport or other government facility. That could be miles away or at a totally different elevation. There’s only one way to get the real weather at your real location and that’s to take it yourself.

Be your own meteorologist

Luckily, that’s a pretty easy task. Solid Signal has a whole line of weather stations from La Crosse that have wireless sensors for indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity reading. You can find out what the weather is like right where you are.

Why does it matter? It matters a lot if you live in the mountains and the nearest weather station is down in the valley. If you live in an area prone to freak thunderstorms or tornadoes, a weather station can be a lifesaver. It’s even important if you’re planning to spend time outdoors. These are cases when your smartphone will just plain lie to you. There’s no point in gathering information that’s 15-20 minutes old from a location miles away when you could be getting live information from your own backyard, now.

Weather station vs. app… who wins?

I’ll admit, weather apps have gotten pretty complex. It used to be that they’d only tell you the temperature. Now they give you a forecast, barometric pressure, and even hour-by-hour forecasts. But, all that information is based on a weather station “somewhere” near you. It could be a local general aviation airport, a radio station nearby, or a college. Chances are you won’t know.

Weather is pretty unpredictable, and knowing the weather a few miles away might not be too helpful. This is very true in hilly or mountainous areas, but it’s even true in large open valleys. Your home may be in a windy spot that brings warm or cold air in. Especially this year, storms and even tornadoes come at an alarming pace.

I prefer to think that there’s not a winner between an app and a weather station. If you really want to know the weather, you’ll need both. You’ll need all the information you can get if you’re going to be prepared.

Get a weather station now

The best part is that color weather stations are far less expensive than they have ever been and you can get a model that suits your needs for less than you thought possible. Even better, the whole selection is available here for you to browse. Our Solid Signal techs are here to help explain the different models, too! No matter if you need something that simply tells you the outside temperature or an entire Wi-Fi enabled weather suite that includes wind speed and barometric pressure, we have exactly what you’ll need. So, shop Solid Signal for the best in weather stations, and of course browse for all the consumer electronics, audio/video gear, and installer-grade parts and adapters you could ever need!

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.