Lost your weather station manual? Don’t panic; we got you covered. This helpful page lists weather station manuals for all the weather stations we recommend here on The Weather Station Experts. We’ve organized them by brand.
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FInd your manual:
- General Weather Station Questions
- AcuRite Weather Station Manuals
- Ambient Weather Weather Station Manuals
- Davis Instruments Weather Station Manuals
- Ecowitt Weather Station Manuals
- Kestrel Weather Station Manuals
- La Crosse Weather Station Manuals
- WeatherFlow Weather Station Manuals
General Weather Station Questions
We’ve listed a few questions below that pertain to just about any weather station that may answer your question without having to refer to your manual.
How do you set up a weather station?
Before setting up your weather station, take some time to plan out your setup. Your weather station’s sensor suite should be in an area free of any obstructions. If it is solar powered, it’s also important to have it in an area that will receive at minimum of 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day even during the winter months.
How do you calibrate a weather station?
Most home weather stations come calibrated from the factory, and will only require you to calibrate your barometer at setup. We don’t recommend calibrating any other sensors. However, if you notice readings are regularly too high or too low, using the station’s calibration settings. Where you’ll find this varies from weather station to weather station, so you’ll need to refer to your manual.
It’s windy. Why are my weather station wind readings so low?
Most people don’t realize that the official height where wind readings are taken is 33 feet! This is higher than a three story building, so even if your sensor suite is on top of your house, it still might not be high enough! The only way to get good wind readings at the surface is in a wide open area, which most of us won’t have access to. Our recommendation is to get it 10 feet above your roofline for the best results. Otherwise, be prepared for this — it’s somewhat unavoidable. See our installation guide for more.
How do you properly maintain a weather station?
Nearly any home weather station — even the cheaper ones — will give you years of trouble-free use f you take only 30 minutes out of your day every so many months to keep your weather station performing at its best. While our weather station maintenance guide has more, here are some basic tips:
- Make sure you disconnect everything before you start. This prevents false readings in your records.
- Debris, leaves, and yes, even bug and bird nests can cause your readings to be off. We recommend cleaning your weather station every six months or so, especially before winter, and again in the summer.
- Aging weather stations may require recalibration as the sensors age.
- Always recheck your ‘siting’ or the placement of your weather station. New obstructions may require you to move the sensor to a better location.
AcuRite Weather Station Manuals
Most of AcuRite’s weather stations fall under three brands: (from least featured to most featured) the Notos, the Iris, and the Atlas. The nice thing about AcuRite’s directions is that they also include helpful videos, too.
Ambient Weather Weather Station Manuals
While some stations by Ambient are similar, make sure you’re picking the right Ambient weather station manual as there are some small differences.
Davis Instruments Weather Station Manuals
Davis Instruments has manuals for both its console AND the sensor suite. The links below take you to the sensor suite instructions. You can find the Davis Vantage Vue console instructions here and the Vantage Pro2 console instructions here. Please note that these are the first-generation consoles; if you’ve purchased the WeatherLink Console, you can find that manual below.
Ecowitt Weather Station Manuals
Ecowitt stations are similar to Ambient Weather Stations, but they’re not exactly the same. We’ve listed manuals for the models you’ll find here on TWSE. Like Davis, Ecowitt also has different manuals for the consoles. The links below take you to the instructions for the sensor suite in the package. For the packages with the separate rain gauge, use the WH5360B instructions.
Kestrel Weather Station Manuals
We have all the Kestrel Weather Meter manuals, including the manual for Kestrel’s first fixed home weather station, the KestrelMet 6000. As an aside, the user guide for the Kestrel 1000, 2000, 3000, and 3500 is the same.
La Crosse Weather Station Manuals
WeatherFlow Weather Station Manuals
While the Tempest is WeatherFlow’s only home weather station at this point, we’ve also included instructions for the WeatherMeter as well.