Published on November 6th, 2015 | by Greg0
AcuRite 5-in-1 Pro Weather Station: Sense The Wind & Rain
It’s storm season here in New York City! After a fairly mild summer and early fall, we’ve started to see the clouds roll in. And whether you live in a hurricane-prone coastal region or outside of Tornado Alley, whether you have a house to take care of or simply rent an apartment that you’re worried about, you might want to keep a better eye on what’s happening in the skies around.
The AcuRite 5-in-1 Pro Weather Station is an all-weather, year-round capable unit, designed to remain outdoors even in freezing temperatures and with snow falling. For anyone interested in their local climate, you can rely on the news, or you can see what the actual conditions are. The company boasts that their forecasting products rely on sensors that collect organic data right from your backyard, rather than regional information that might not apply (and is so often inaccurate). Plus, with the AcuLink Internet bridge, you can monitor your sensor information from anywhere in the world using your smartphone, and even share the data with Weather Underground and other online communities.
So what are the five sensors? Temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure, plus wind speed and wind direction! Powered by four AA batteries as well as a solar panel on top, the base includes high-precision temperature and humidity sensors, an anemometer, wind vane, and coolest of all, a self-emptying rain collector for measuring precipitation. Sensor data is transmitted every 36 seconds to the base station, though AcuLink and Weather Underground update only every 15 minutes. The system features a two-year battery life for maintenance-free operation under normal conditions too. Installing and leveling it all takes a few minutes, and you might need to adjust things once set up to make sure your measurements are accurate (not blocked by any trees, away from heaters or A/C units or asphalt). But once set up, you can quickly see what your microclimate is like without having to go outside, and do so conveniently with their wireless indoor digital display for easy readout.
Calibrating the rainfall sensor seems like it would be pretty challenging. but shouldn’t be necessary (we didn’t need to). And while build quality seemed decent, it’s certainly not meant for actual hurricanes (though it can handle up to 99 mph winds). The system does a great job of highlighting important data, and a decent job of showcasing forecasts, though there is a learning period. One nice thing is that you can choose from a pretty wide variety of screen styles at different price points to best fit your budget. And with plenty of features- including text and email notifications- the AcuRite Pro Color Weather Station is a fun way to bring the weather indoors. It’s available now, online and in stores, for around $220 for the entire package (though it’s also available in individual components if those are better options for you)!