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A plaque near the entrance of the Manitoba Archives Building in Winnipeg. Reading journals from Hudson’s Bay Company posts, a researcher can sometimes gather anecdotal clues about historic temperature and precipitation on a given day.

On anecdotal evidence and the WS-5000 weather station

There’s still plenty of time for us to receive significant precipitation — or not

Lately I seem to have a lot of topics to discuss. For example, it seems like this winter was one of the shortest on record. This should be an easy question to answer, but it is not. What defines winter? Is it a certain range of temperatures? Snow on the ground? Or, as my son

If we’re considering the drawbacks of this particular station, it would be nice for our purposes if the wind speed/direction and temperature/humidity sensors could be separated.

WS-5000 weather station pros and cons

The unit’s console and sensors linked up with no extra intervention needed

If you have followed me over the years, you’ll know that while I’m not a farmer, I have always been into gardening, and in most years, I easily grow enough vegetables so that we rarely buy any of the staples (beans, corn, carrots, potatoes, cabbage… you get the idea). I am also fortunate enough to


Ambient Weather’s WS-5000 Ultrasonic Professional Smart Weather Station and Thermo Hygrometer.

Switching up my personal weather station

You know which way the wind blows when the old anemometer starts grinding down

As I write this, a large portion of central North America is in the middle of a cold snap that looks to be one of the more significant ones in the last 20 or so years. I will do a full analysis once it’s over, but I do have to mention a couple of things.

A top-notch system like this Davis Vantage Pro2 can be a bit pricey, but its reliability makes it worth considering.

Weather gift ideas for the holidays

Might a shiny new weather station under the tree be the perfect gift?

Believe it or not, it’s that time of the year again – winter, but we’re not going to talk about that. By “that time of the year,” what I mean is, that it’s time for us to take a look at the various weather gift ideas that are out there for the upcoming holiday season.

Davis’s wireless Vantage Pro2 console/receiver unit.

Weather station ideas for the early Christmas shopper

A cheap portable station will provide basic data well enough, but don’t expect longevity

I thought I would start earlier than usual with my yearly look at weather-related items you may want to buy for that weather geek in your life. This way, you have lots of time to look around to try and find the best price. Unfortunately, it kind of hurts when you have to buy from