Advice on home weather stations

Anyone able to comment on some good options for setting up a weather station at home? Something not too expensive but that would be able to talk to OpenHAB in some way or another…

Main metrics I’m interested in are…
UV Index
Wind Speed
Wind Direction
Rain Volume

Other option could be to build something arduino based with all the bits but I suspect it’d work out more expensive than a specially built one?

Have you looked at Netatmo ( The Netatmo binding supports everything except for UV Index (

@ranielsen Thanks Rob, didn’t see that they now do rain and wind sensors… UV index is high in New Zealand so I’ll pop them an email and see if they have anything in the works for a UV sensor.

All up though, the Netatmo setup to do everything except UV index would be about AU$500 which is pretty expensive… I’ll have a look at some of the other weather stations and see how they compare.

The Netatmo stuff looks sexy though :slight_smile:

This looks pretty comprehensive and decently priced… Anyone got experience with this brand?

Ambient Weather WS-1400-IP OBSERVER

I have an oregon wmrs200 in use. There is an inofficial binding for it and they have a uv sensor as well (which i didn’t try yet). i got it for 100€ with wind and rain and two tem/humi sensors.
Some people also use the sensors without the usb base sation as they communicate with 433Mhz. I belive the mqtt binding does the job then.

I’ve got a Davis Vantage Pro2 which, for now at least, I’ve just got working with weewx - very straightforward. I’ve not looked at the OH binding yet - might be a good way to display the instantaneous values. Assuming I keep weewx (which seems to be a good way of recording and displaying historic data) it should be relatively easy to hook it into OH somehow to pass the current values. Might need a bit of Python to achieve it.
More to the point, if you look at the forums for weather-related software such as weewx ( and wview (, and also, you’ll get a much wider range of opinions on weather stations than is likely here.

I used to run the Davis Instruments, now Texas Weather Instruments 1Wire systems. There was no real progression to Web/App/Reality with the devices so I abandoned them (have like 5 systems with full setups)
I moved to the Acu-Rite 5-n-1 with the Acu-Link internet bridge because it is low cost. By that, I mean you can catch them on sale for ~120, with the minimal lcd display for inside the house. You can add on up to 3 other sensors for temp/humidity (inside, celler, wine, humidor, etc).
The app is showing it’s age, but works. The device does do rapid-fire to wUnderground.

Wunderground was one of my requirements.

It is like 400mhz wireless, runs on 4 double A’s and my batteries last over a year in the unit.
When I said, if you find a deal, they have 20% off for the Memorial Day Weekend, so that 20% comes a few times a year.
The Pro 5-n-1:
Has Windspeed, direction, temp, humidity, rain, Solar cell to run a fan, that draws air across the humidity to get a better sample. All in a single pole mount unit.
The only thing I’d like over and above that, is have one of the solar cells charge some l-ion, or even nm-h batteries so I never had to change them.
I intended to look at building a circuit, since it would be small and would work off of one solar cell on the pro version (has two cells for the fan)

I see one post on here about aculink, so assume someone has gotten this data driven to openhab, but can’t find anything else.

Love input, hope what I said helps.

Did you ever get the WS-1400?

I think you should take this one, i mean Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Weather Station (Wireless). On my opinion it is the best choose.

Do you have a link for the unofficial binding? I’m researching weather stations now and am considering this route if I can locate a binding for OpenHab2.

You should go for the AcuRite 02007 it is moderately priced, and the system gives precise weather forecasting measurements.
For more info visit

Go for an Ambient Weather station, the WS-1002-WIFI Observer in particular. You’ll get all the sensors (wind, rain, pressure, temp, humidity, uv and solar) and internet connectivity is included so it’s an easy setup. This website has a buying guide that will help you choose between the top models

there’s a version of that without the screen for about half the price.

By default it sends its data straight to Wunderground rather than somewhere on the local network, but there’s easy workarounds to get the weather data locally and instantly.

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@DSTM any chance you can post a link to where to learn about getting the data directly from weather station instead of wunderground? Taking a look it means you are limited to 500 requests per day from the website so reading directly makes more sense if you use the data to trigger events that can not wait 15minutes between the data being updated.

I already have, in another topic you posted in yesterday.

Thanks Neil, still getting used to this forum. For others the link is

Recently I bought AcuRite 01036 Pro Color weather predicting [URL=“”]instrument[/URL]. It makes use of patented Self-Calibrating Technology and offers a personal forecast of 12 to 24 hour about the different weather conditions. The sensor measures the weather data in your yard and depending upon that data, Self-Calibrating Forecasting is generated.

I am happy with Netatmo…

I have had very bad experience with Netatmo. It is very expensive, so one could expect it is good quality but it is not: I have bought the complete kit and after 3 years, the exterior temperature sensor broke down, the humidity sensor broke down, the rain sensor broke down. The only exterior sensor which still works is the wind sensor. If you google, you’ll find out that many customers got similar issues

NEW Kickstarter campain! I’m only a user but I have 3x previous weather stations already from Weatherflow and can’t do anything else than recommend it!
Its accurate like Davis, has haptic rain meter, detects lightning strikes and most important, there is a LOCAL API available and the binding is already there developed by Bill Welliver.
Weather Station:

Binding: Weatherflow Smart Weather Station binding