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This weather station from AcuRite provides professional level forecasting with the ability to detect immediate conditions with pinpoint accuracy. The 5-in-1 weather station is perfect for both amateur meteorologists and people who just want to know whether or not to take an umbrella with them when they leave in the morning. The complete weather station includes the 5-in-1 sensor, a lightning sensor, and a full color digital display hub.
The lightning detector can detect lightning strikes up to 25 miles away, flashing and beeping when one is detected. This audible and visual cue lets you gauge how close the strikes are and the frequency as well. The counter displays a running total of strikes and their estimated distance. Additionally, you can also track the weekly and monthly total as well. The detector communicates with the hub and the sensor via wireless with a range of up to 100 meters (330 feet).
The 5-in-1 sensor is able to measure the following information: Rain and rainfall history, wind velocity and direction, indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, and barometric pressure. Additionally, the temperature and humidity records also keep running track of the high and lows within the specified time frame. With a solar panel, the sensor powers itself and maintains backup power via a capacitor. A self-emptying rainfall cup gathers information without needing to be emptied. To begin receiving information, just mount the sensor outside and connect it to your hub.
The sensor is accurate, able to record temperature with an accuracy of +/- 2 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity with an accuracy of +/- 3%.
Additionally, the data is refreshed every 18 to 36 seconds
The weather hub is able to sound alarms that you program for various parameters including temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed, rainfall, dew point, and wind chill/heat index. The display auto dims and comes with a convenient tabletop stand should you decide not to wall mount it. The display shows average wind speed with 1, 2, 5, 10, or 15 minute intervals, and also displays rainfall in the last 48 hours, week, month, or year. It also provides precise weather forecasts for your location by connecting with the internet as well as calibrating itself with data from the sensor. You can upgrade this station with 2 additional indoor or outdoor sensors if you wish as well.
Lightning and You
Lightning and thunder are two of the most recognizable weather phenomenon. Everybody knows that when lightning strikes, it forms a bright blue Flash and not long after you’re going to hear that rumbling Roll of Thunder. But why does lightning strike?
Lightning is caused much in the same way that a static shock is caused. When you touch a metal object after building up a static charge, you are essentially creating a small lightning bolt that connects you with that metal. On a grander scale when lightning forms, the thunder cloud is you, and the Earth acts as the metal object.
As the clouds shift and move around, static charges begin to form inside. As a moisture inside the cloud freezes and thaws, electrons get stripped from the water. This results in a cloud that has a negative charge on the bottom and a positive charge on the top. That is because the electrons have a negative charge. Essentially then the negative charge on the bottom of the cloud wants to get rid of the excess charge. As it gets stronger and stronger, the electrons form a lightning strike and head toward the ground.
As we said, the ground acts as the metal point. The electrons are looking for the closest in the easiest path to dissipate. So sometimes you will see heat lightning as the lightning discharges between levels of the clouds. True lightning however strikes and travels between the cloud on the ground.
As a storm moves over the ground the negative charge in the cloud begins to attract positive charges from the ground. Positive charges will move up to the tallest objects around. Eventually, a negative charge will descend from the cloud as it seeks out a path to travel. When the negative charge gets close a positive charge while reach out to meet it and when these two charges connect, lightning happens.
This weather sensor and included lightning strike sensor are a great idea if you live somewhere prone to thunderstorms. Being able to track the frequency of strikes will let you analyze the weather patterns in your area with ease. The ability to attach up to 2 additional sensors gives you even more reach and options and the ability to create forecasts with even more precision. Whether you’re a hobbyist or looking to provide information to your business, this weather station will give you all the data you could need or want.