Advice on home weather stations

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

Weather station is on my 2020 projects list, probably will be a DIY type. I found this one (LTB weather station) pretty fine to start with.
Instant rain recognition will be a must have.

Hello community,

I digged out this thread because integrating a Weather Station into OH2 is also on my list for 2020.

I first wanted to go for a Wunderground-Station, but as I read so far, the new API-Keys given when registering a PWS are not compatible to the old ones.

Also, it is important for me to really use my own data, since I want to use wind speed to control my awning (close it when wind speed exceeds a threshold).

NetAtmo seems to be an alternative, but quality seems to be questionable. Any ideas or hints on what to use?

That’s true, but there is a new binding in OH 2.5 that retrieves a 5 day forecast and the PWS observations using The Weather Company API and the new Weather Underground keys.

Thank you Mark, it seems this is exactly what I need :wink:

There are not many that can be used 100% offline which I feel is important as a storm is when you want the data the most and when a cloud based setup is most likely to go down.

You can buy a weather station made by Fine offset that is then sold under many different brands around the world. These work and are cheap, mines been reliable for 2 years at least now with only an odd cleaning needed to keep the tipping bucket working. These work with wunderground so you can use multiple bindings to get the data even more so if you purchase one with the brand Ambient weather as then you have a 3rd binding that can be used.