This article is part of a series entitled “Introduction to Industrial Weather Stations” (IIWS). The other parts are:
There is no shortage of weather station manufacturers. Many indicate that they are “professional” or “accurate.” The low end of the market (<$1,000 USD) is especially crowded with colorful, imported, plastic products. These are general-purpose instruments that are suitable for consumer applications.
Industrial weather stations operate in the middle price range, often designed as remote weather stations, operating autonomously with solar power and wireless data (cell or WiFi) upload to a cloud server. These offer more specialized functionality, knowledgeable support, better connectivity, and more durable instruments. Depending on the application, any of the companies discussed in prior sections (see Part 3) may be able to meet your needs. The two for which I hold the most competitor envy are Columbia Weather and Onset.
Larger companies can take advantage of economies of scale, producing sophisticated industrial designs (prettier products), leveraging trendy technologies (such as ultrasonic anemometers), and may offer a broader range of sensors.
While my treatment of each company and product type has been brief, I hope that I have been fair. Please contact me if you have any suggestions or need me to correct any of the information.
Over the last 10 years of weather instrument design and manufacturing, Dyacon has carved a niche around fully autonomous, remote weather stations, with web portal data access, and Modbus connectivity. We build most of our own products and offer a high level of customer support. Customer feedback is welcome and often results in product changes.
When you call or email Dyacon, you are talking to the people that are actually doing the product development and production. We know our products.
If you have made it through all five parts of this series, CONGRATULATIONS!! I apologize if you were expecting a recommendation for “The Best professional weather station,” I’m sorry. But hopefully you have a better scope of understanding for selecting the right tool for your weather monitoring needs.
We serve customers that paint bridges, fly airplanes, distill whiskey, monitor oil and gas wells, and build RADAR systems. No matter what application you have, drop us an email or give us a call. We would love to help.
And if Dyacon isn’t the right tool for your job, I’m happy to recommend alternatives.