I need an expert opinion on which model to purchase for weather monitoring in a remote area!

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Good afternoon! Long story short, we want to purchase an advanced weather station that monitors all weather aspects for research purposes. We are part of a pilot program and we are growing crops this year for research and would like to supply supplemental weather information. Our farm is in a remote area where we have no access to internet or cell phone signal (Kind of nice, but kind of terrible LOL). We need to be able to download and compile graphs, diagrams, or at least a spreadsheet of some sort over the growing season. Can your weather stations function without internet or cell phones on site? Can you download information on site to a MacBook or zip drive without internet or Excel type programs? (We do not have a PC on the farm either) But, we do have access to technology at our true home 2 hours away. Can you access and download information from the weather station 2 hours away to compile into a spreadsheet or graph? Or take the weather station home with us and connect to our PC? (I'm really reaching for anything here LOL). I hope you can help us and tell us if there is a model we can purchase! Thank you for your time! Oh! One more thought.. Does a certain model save all data (not just temperature) over say, one month's time before erasing? (We aren't at the farm daily) If anything, could I at least access that data from the display monitor and just write it down and input it myself into a spreadsheet at a later time?
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Megan

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  • hopeful :) this technology is confusing..

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AcuRite Rachell, Employee

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Hello Megan,

We do have Weather Stations that do not require internet to download the CSV file.  You would only need internet to download the software needed to create those files. AcuRite Connect Software is not currently Mac compatible.  You would require a Windows based PC to use the software, connected to a PC connect display unit.  This would plug directly into the computer by a USB cord.  From here the display will hold approximately two weeks of data.  You could bring the display to your home and download the files if needed.  If you had Windows based laptop, you could bring this to the site for downloading; this would help alleviate any possible loss of connection between the sensor and the display, resulting in loss of data.  Below is a link to our PC connect units. Have a great day!

http://www.acurite.com/environment-systems/pc_connect.html

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Megan

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Ok this all makes sense. I think this can still possibly work for our situation! I'm so happy! We can purchase one and at least try :) One more question, just so I am clear.. Can you view saved data directly on the display? Wind speeds, temps, rainfall, humidity, and basically all the rest of the data? Does it collect data daily and then save all that information for say, 2 weeks at a time before erasing? Just wondering if I could take a notebook and pen and write the data displayed down manually for each day we are away if it came down to it. Because taking the display home would interrupt data collection (which, of course, I didn't think of until right this moment when you mentioned it LOL). We are only at our farm about half of any given month. Thank you for the quick and easy to understand repsponse!
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hi Megan,

The display saves the data for a 2 week period. That information will not display on the display during that two weeks. It is stored in the display, and will need to be downloaded. There is information, and records that will display on the screen but not as detailed as the CSV file that you would need to download. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with. Have a good day!

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Megan

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It's me again LOL. I am planning on purchasing your recommended weather station over the next few days, but I'm also going to have to purchase a Windows based computer of some sort. We are OK with the expenditure (it will hopefully be a tax write off!), but I was just curious if you knew anything further about the type of computer that is compatible? Would like a cheapie tablet or netbook or whatever they're called these days work as the home computer base to download the data to as long as it's Windows based? I don't want to buy a big old PC, but would a smaller device work? There's a lot of information going on with my post, so if someone else answers, the long story short of our problem is we don't have internet and just strictly want to be able to download the data via the USB cable onto a device onsite as a CSV file for future processing (we want to make weather graphs and charts over an entire grow season to submit to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture). Finally, what would the next step be? I know I have to download software to be able to download and create those CSV files, but that means I would have to download Microsoft Office onto that onsite device in order to view the data and make the charts and graphs? If I keep this Windows device onsite all the time (specifically used only for this data collection) I would be able to gather and compile 4 months worth of continuous data, correct? LOL I feel like I understand all this like my grandmother understands cell phones.. Please help me in anyway you can! Sorry if this is confusing :/ I just don't want to make a bad decision because this is an expensive undertaking. Thank you!
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AcuRite Jennifer

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Hi Megan,

The display will collect 2 weeks worth of data. Once it collects that or before it gets to two weeks you can download the information to your computer. This puts it in a CSV file where you can view the readings. You can make this a single file that updates each time you download the data, or create a new file each time you download it.  A tablet or netbook would not work for this. I would recommend a laptop. I also want to let you know that if the data logger displays full on the display that information will need to be downloaded as it has collected 2 weeks worth of data. If you do not download it, then it will no longer collect the data leaving gaps.  Please let us know if you have any further questions. Thank you. Have a great day!