They are good if you just need to compare the indoor and outdoor temperatures. They will show you the exact temperature in your patio or garden and help you plan your evening accordingly. They display the temperature in both Centigrade and Fahrenheit. Available in a wide range of designs and styles - from a frog to zodiac signs and more, you are sure to find one that you like. Their installation is simple - hang the thermometer either from a nail or insert its clamp into a wall coupling.
You get them in a combination of functions - a clock-cum-thermometer, a humidity reader, or some other important function. They are usually of a round dial or rectangular shapes. Meant to be read from a distance, they have bold Roman numeric markings. Again, the varieties available will let you choose the type that you like.
Dual-purpose outdoor thermometers will help you get a more comprehensive idea of the 12-hour weather, hence, you can plan your outdoor activity in a better way. For example, if the humidity level is high, you better move your BBQ dinner indoors, expecting rain or thundershowers.
These are sleek, accurate flat-front devices that you can either hang on a wall or simply place on a level surface. Often, digital thermometers are dual or multi-functional, combining, time, humidity, and even indoor temperature reading in one handy device.
A major advantage of digital outdoor thermometers is their handiness and portability. Hence, you can also use them indoors or take them with you for expeditions and road trips.
Personal weather stations
These are your full-fledged weather bureaus, telling you all that you need to know about the current and next day's weather. They offer the following key advantages:
They provide the latest, up-to-the-minute readings and forecasts
Better than TV or radio forecasts, because they are precise-location based and armed with error-free technology
You can carry the portable models with you wherever you go
Personal weather stations are professional devices with the following features:
- Accurate outdoor temperature with high and low readings, and actual "feels-like" feature
- Indoor temperature meter with high and low readings
- Humidity meter
- Precipitation reading
- Wind speed and direction
- Day, date, and time
- Rain or thunderstorm forecast
- Atmospheric pressure
- Advanced models also display lunar and night-sky constellation positions
That's not all. Advanced models offer the following state-of-art features:
LCD display for sharp and clear readings
Advanced wireless transmission range with wide-spread coverage, hence useful in backyards, stables, and small farms
Sensor-aided temperature and other settings that alert you about high or low variations. It is very useful in various situations. For example, it warns you about high humidity or heat, so you know if you need to bring plants, furniture, and other outdoor belongings inside.
Mobile app-based control lets you calibrate settings and view current weather conditions any time, from anywhere.
They even send you push notifications about prevailing weather conditions that you can forward to neighbors or family members to take necessary action if needed.
These weather stations will supplement their reading with those of reputed weather forecasters for double surety
They can also detect water or other leakages that can prevent major mishaps
A word of caution: Personal weather stations are high-end devices costing upward of $150. Be sure that you will put it to a good use before you get swayed by the rich features and make an impulsive purchase.