My husband gave me an early birthday gift this week. Now my birthday isn't until January but I'm not complaining. He figured if he was getting it, earlier was better than later. And I so agree. He gave me a gardener's dream gift.
I've now got my own personal weather station. He originally got me some hardware that automatically posts to the web at the Davis instruments site. I nixed that really quickly. Do you know they only keep a limited history and if I use that, there is no way to get it to my computer. So we went for the Weatherlink software instead. Then I downloaded the DLL to make it connect up with Weather Underground. Now everyone can see my data and Weather Underground will keep history forever (though the location is off by a block and I'm still trying to figure out how to fix it). In addition I have all the data stored on my computer. Whoohoo!
The station was put above our fence. We talked to the adjoining neighbors to make sure they wouldn't hate a weather station there. They were fine with it. It isn't a perfect location. If you look to see where you are supposed to put it (not near black top, over grass, no buildings in the way, etc., you will probably understand that East Arlington only had about one spot like that in its whole area - at the park and soccer fields. Mine isn't up to NOAAs standards maybe but it does reflect the true conditions in our neighborhood.
WU even has a little widget to add to a web page reflecting local conditions. So I've added that to my sidebar. So now you can see how cold it is here. The bad part is the page takes longer to load. The bad part about the weather station? Well it won't measure snowfall. Rain yes. Snowfall no. Still an awesome gift.