What’s the best name in weather stations?

Simple as that. If you’re looking for a weather station, you want La Crosse Technology. If you look anywhere else, you’re just better off saving your money and using an app on the phone.

Why even bother with a weather station?
Because I hear you saying right now, “my phone has a weather app.” And you know, it does. And it’s probably pretty good, and pretty accurage. Except it doesn’t tell you what’s going on at your house. You may not know where the weather station is. Chances are it’s at a nearby college or airport, and the weather there may be quite different from where you are.

You may be in the mountains, or the foothills, or in a particulary windy spot. Folks out west are very familiar with “microclimates” where in the space of 50 miles you go from beach to desert. Folks in the northeast are familiar with that old saying attributed to Mark Twain, “If you don’t like the weather in Boston, wait a minute. It will change.”

It’s simple — weather apps can give you the big picture, but they can’t tell you what’s going on in your own backyard.

But is there really a difference?
Yes, you bet there is. La Crosse Technology is based in (you guessed it) La Crosse, Wisconsin. Every bit of their technology is engineered in the US to meet a higher standard. They may not do all their manufacturing here (although they do some) but all the design and testing starts right here and that does make a difference. Everything they do is designed for the US market first and that even includes user manuals you can read and actually understand.

One size does not fit all.
What really impresses people is the sheer volume of different products from the La Crosse family. If you’re looking for a simple thermometer and clock that hangs on the wall so you know whether or not to bring a coat, they’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a complex temperature and humidity monitoring system that interfaces with your smartphone, they have you covered there too. Want to measure wind speed? Covered. Forecasting? Covered. Trend measurement? Covered. If you’re doing anything short of running a TV station’s weather forecasting rig, it’s hard to imagine that you can’t find what you’re looking for here.

By the way, La Crosse also makes some very decent clocks, both standard and “atomic.” Atomic clocks aren’t really atomic of course, except in the way that 100% of everything is. They get their time signals from GPS satellites that synchronize with the master atomic clock, the real atomic clock. But I’m getting off topic here. The point is if you want a killer clock, look no further than the people who make the best weather stations.

I think if you are at all interested in the weather, you owe it to yourself to look at the wide variety of products from La Crosse Technology. You’ll find something for every budget, something for every taste.

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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.