Best weather station location?

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What is the "best" or suggested location for my 5-in-1?  It is currently approximately 15-20 feet from my house or any other structure.  It is not under any trees. So wind and rain should be reporting accurately.  It works very well, but I am concerned that being "out in the open" it is reporting higher temperatures than it should.  I am on Weather Underground and my temps are always higher than any stations around me (within 500-1000 feet away).  Thanks. -Rick
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It sounds like you have it located in a good spot. Post a pic of your 5-in-1 so we can see how you have it. The 5-in-1 is designed to be in the sun, which hits the solar panels that powers the aspirating fan to compensate for the heat from the sun. It has been found by many 5-in-1 users that the 5-in-1 tends to read about 2-3 degrees higher in the sun than other brands' comparable weather stations that are also in the sun. The temperature accuracy for the 5-in-1 is +/-2 degrees and the other brands tend to be +/-1 degree generally. Not significant, but your microenvironment may be different than a neighbor's microenvironment. Also, the height of your weatherstation compared to the height of a neighbor's weatherstation can make a big difference. The higher the location, the more accurate the wind speed will be. The NWS recommends the anemometer to be at last 33 feet high. Most people cannot do this. My 5-in-1 is about 16 feet off of the ground. The Acurite Atlas line is still in the testing phases and they will be more pro-rated and refined compared to the 5-in-1. The Atlas line's temperature accuracy will be +/-1 degree as well as many other refined and added features compared to the 5-in-1. The release date for this line is not known at this time.
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Thanks @Mirwin2. My station is about 9 feet in air.  I can change the reporting temp, reducing it by 2 or 3 degrees; just want to be certain it's the appropriate adjustment.
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You're welcome. Just a fyi, if you calibrate the temp to decrease it during the day, you are calibrating the temp for all hours of the day also. For night, you will need to keep in mind that you will just need to add back on the number of degrees you calibrated it for when the sun is out. If you have a rainy/cloudy day, you will need to do the same since the sun is not hitting the weatherstation. I hope this makes sense.
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I really don't to keep making adjustments.  You can see the difference my station reads form others in the area.
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