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For Christmas this year, my husband bought me this La Crosse Weather Willie Weather Station, priced at £24.95 on the website Skyview. There were several reasons to the purchase, firstly, friends of ours have one and recommended it, and secondly, I don't like driving in bad weather, and to give myself extra time in the morning in icy or snowy conditions, I like to know in advance what its going to be like.
This is a desktop weather station, which we have sitting in our kitchen. It comes in 2 parts. There is the outdoor device which acts as a transmitter, reading various elements outdoors. The indoors desktop part displays the temperatures and other items.
In the middle of the desktop display there is a picture of a little man called weather willie, who changes his clothes in accordance to the weather. In those chilly days last winter, he was armed with this hat, scarf and coat. In the sunnier weather, he strips to a t shirt, and when ti gets really warm he will even get his shorts on. In total he actually can make 15 outfit changes. This is useful if you want to get a feel for the general temperature outside, and I know my little nephew loves watching to see what Willie is wearing on the days he visits. He will also have an umbrella in hand on the days that rain is expected - although we have found this not always to be accurate and have come to the conclusion that it is moisture in the air that makes Willie display the umbrella rather than definite rain on the way.
The desktop unit also displays a 24 hour digital clock, which can also be put in to 12 hour clock as well. There is also a calendar showing the day and date. The temperature reading itself, which is the most important reading, is taken every 10 seconds and updated if necessary. We have found it to be very accurate. Temperature can be displayed in either celsius or farhenheit. You are given both an indoor and an outdoor temperature, as well as an indoor humidity reading.
Time of sunset and sunrise are also recorded, alongside moon phase and there is a barometer with information about the general conditions ie sunny, wet, cloudy etc showing a little symbol above Willie. There are other readings such as pressure and tendency, which if I am being honest I do not look at, because they simply don't mean much to the layman like me.
Both the desktop device and the transmitter require 2 AA batteries to power them them. They don't however, appear to be very sore on batteries, as we have yet to have to change any.
All in all, I really love my Weather Willie weather station. I found it really useful in the winter months with the snow and ice, giving me an idea of how likely it was that there would be snow or ice the next morning. It has also been very useful in the morning heading to work, as you can see what the temperature is like early to decide what to wear. If you are interested in weather then this is a great device for your house. My husband, who likes to garden, likes making use of it, to take care of his plants in the winter, especially if it looks for Willie to be frosty. A great device, well worth the money.