I started a home weather station in 2006 and I’ve had several brands but Davis Instruments makes about the best “home” version I’ve seen or used. I currently have the Davis Vantage Vue. It’s used in conjunction with Ambient Weather Virtual Weatherstation Software and Ambient Weather’s WeatherBridge which reads the database in the weather station, accumulates it and then uploads to various weather reporting venues on the Internet.
Data is gathered from the Davis Vantage VUE Weather Station and sent to various weather-related databases around the world via the Ambient Weather WeatherBridge. The WeatherBridge serves as a universal IP-based server for data & protocol conversations so that our local weather data can be used by others around the world.
The microclimates that are documented by personal weather stations are helpful in better overall forecasting of weather and have fueled the development of “pinpoint forecasting”. We provide data to:
- The National Weather Service (NWS)
- Wunderground.com (an IBM company) (KTNCHATT8)
- AmbientWeather.net (ambientweather.com)
- Citizen Weather Observer Program (CW5013)
- Personal Weather Station Network (KTNCHATT1)
- Open Weather Map (West View, TN)
- Amazon (for use with Echo devices)
If This Then That, also known as IFTTT, is a free web-based service to create chains of simple conditional statements, called applets. An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Telegram, Instagram, Pinterest. IFTTT may also create triggers based on weather conditions. For example, turn on the heating system if the temperature goes below a certain point.