"I wonder what the wind speed is?"
Aside from a general interest over the years, that phase was probably a major trigger here.
I'd fancied an electronic personal weather station of my own since I first spotted them start to appear years ago (I think I recall seeing one advertised as much as 15 years ago?), but the cost always seemed to rule it out, especially when looking at things like the Davis. Around this time last year while looking for something entirely different I happened to notice that the supplier also did weather stations. I spotted the OS WMR100 which looked very affordable. I wanted one. I then spotted the WMR200. Double the price, but the datalogging capability was what swung it - if only I'd know the effort that was going to be involved over the next few months in helping get the software that reads from the data logger working right I might never have bought it! A year later, I only use the datalogger part of the WMR200 as a fall back resource (I mainly use a different logging device instead), I am starting to head towards 1-wire based gear for greater control and flexibility, and I've spent at least the equivalent of buying a Davis!
the reporting station up here at wick (only 25 miles away) may as well be on another planet most days!
The 'local' station is at Lusa, only about 14 miles as the crow flies, but at sea level, on the opposite coast, and with a mature conifer plantation starting only 100m due South on slightly higher, and rising, ground.
Last time I went past, parts of that plantation were being felled. Presumably if felling gets as far as the weather station it will affect their readings? I know the people who do the daily manual readings at the station, if I remember I'll ask them about it.