I want to get my father-in-law a weather station for Christmas. He is a fire fighter who likes tinkering on cars, obsessing over the temperature of their outdoor pool, etc. He also likes social media sites like youtube etc. so I think it would be great to get him something that can connect to the internet so he can be part of a community.
I normally do tons of research on gifts like this, but have an exam coming up in a week and have been overwhelmed at my initial research for this (so many choices etc.) So I figured I'd ask the experts - what would you recommend?
- Budget: sub-$250
- Internet connectivity (not too complicated to understand/upload - this man knows every component of a car but I had to make him a Youtube upload guide
- relatively 'full-featured' --- this is for home use (non-acreage) but I want it to have a couple more bells and whistles than just temperature
- wired or wireless (wireless for convenience, but wired if more reliable)
- needs to be able to withstand winter weather in New Brunswick Canada (ie. upper northeastern US-style) - minus 30 celcius, snow dumps, etc.
I see many recommending the OS WMR968 as falling in that price range. The amazon reviews are pretty scathing though. Or would one of the Lacrosse models be ok (e.g. the IT 1516)
Also, for software do we need a paid version? I see some local stations on wunderground are using FreeWX-Wi 1.01 (http://insvr1.midcoastwater.com.au/FreeWX/_sgg/f10000.htm
), so a free version would cut down on cost...
Finally, we live in Canada - any good retailers online up here, or do they all ship from US?
Thanks so much!