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Liteamorn posted 12-07-2009 03:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for Liteamorn   Send Email to Liteamorn  
As boaters we keep a keen eye towards the weather. I have been on the lookout for a home weather station for a while. I purchased a Thermor Bios system quite a while ago and while it was inexpensive it was pretty much a waste of money except to whet my appetite for a decent unit. The main problem I have with the Thermor unit is that it updates my anemometer data every 40 seconds which really makes watching winds and gusts rather useless.

I have my eyes on 2 Davis units which updates anemometer data every 2.5 seconds. The Davis Vantage Pro2 or the Davis Vantage Vue. I am leaning towards the Vantage Vue as it is quite a bit less money and accomplishes the same job.

I was wondering if anyone here has any recommendations as to a reasonably priced unit that might fill my needs.

Thanks

Ed

Peter posted 12-08-2009 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I have had the Vantage Pro, the predecessor to the the Vantage Pro 2, for the last 7 years. The sensor unit is very robustly built and have had no problems with it except for junk that accumulates in the rain gauge. It's easy to clean it out. I've been very pleased with the system.

If I were in your situation, with the good experience that I have had with the Vantage Pro, I would opt for the more expensive Vantage Pro 2.

TransAm posted 12-09-2009 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for TransAm  Send Email to TransAm     
http://www.windycreek.com/weatherrock.html
Liteamorn posted 12-09-2009 12:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
Thanks Peter

I've heard many good things about Davis systems, even down to their basic anenometer.

I have a freind with an old Davis anemometer and we have one at the terminal I work at (that one took quite a hit in a barge explosion a few years ago and still works).

The price difference between the Vantage Pro 2 and the Vantage view would allow me to get the software to use with my computer.

Ed

Liteamorn posted 01-20-2010 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
Well I bit the bullet and went with the Vantage Pro2. I did a ton of research and to accurately measure the different weather variables the sensors should be at different locations.

Peter your advice and some I found at a weather forum made my descision easier.

I now upload my data to Weatherunderground and CWOP and am enjoying another expensive hobby until I get the boat in the water. It's pretty cool to watch the barometric pressure drop just before the wind swings. I also watched our recent rain storm here. I was amazed how little rain makes up .01" and how much makes up .10
Ed

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