AcuRite 01512 5-in-1 Weather Station Review

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Last Updated: 12/03/2020

Product Overview

This weather station has a 5-in-1 multi sensor that is able to accurately determine the five most important factors influencing the weather. These include:

  • Temperature
    • Indoor from 32 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Outdoor from -40 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Humidity
    • Indoor or Outdoor from 1% to 99%
  • Wind Speed is tracked from 0 to 99 mph (0 to 159kph)
  • Wind Direction by 16 cardinal points
  • Rainfall Track by day, month, year, or all time from 0.01 inches and above
AcuRite 01512 Weather Station

AcuRite 01512

  • Rain & Rainfall History
  • Future Forecast
  • Barometric Pressure
  • High and Low Records

The data from this home weather center updates wind speed every 18 seconds and direction every 30 seconds. Outdoor temperature and humidity update every 36 seconds, while indoor temperature and humidity are updated every 60 seconds. It communicates with the hub along the 433 MHz frequency with a range of up to 100 meters. The sensor is powered by 4 AA batteries which have an average lifespan of over 2 years.

Calibrating the rain gauge can be accomplished if you think that it’s not accurate. The steps are to first make sure that the sensor is perfectly level with the included built-in bubble level. From there, you can use the calibration screws on the bottom of the sensor to increase or decrease the rainfall reading.

When first activated, the weather hub will go into its initial learning mode. This utilizes a self-calibrating feature to analyze the changes in pressure over 14 days. This learning period will accurately determine your altitude so you can get the most accurate weather prediction possible. This forecast will generate a preview of conditions for the next 12 to 24 hours with one of multiple icons.

If you would like, you can get an optional sensor that lets your weather station work with Alexa or Google Home. This also allows the weather information to upload to Weather Underground, getting you access to a wealth of information from nearly 40,000 independent weather stations around the world.

What Are the Most Common Types of Clouds

Clouds are one of the most observed weather phonomenon on the planet. But no matter what shape they take they're all made of condensed water or ice. Clouds are formed when warm humid air moves near cool dry air. As the warm air rises over the cool dry air then the moisture in the air becomes colder and begins to crystallize. These clumps of crystals form Cloud droplets. But what are the most common types of clouds and what do they mean?

In general, clouds come in three different types. There are high-level clouds which form from 5 to 13 km above the Earth. There are mid-level clouds which form 227 km above the Earth. And there are low-level clouds which form 022 kilometers above the Earth.

High-level clouds usually never form precipitation or cause rain. Because they are so high in the air, they are also sometimes the most beautiful clouds. They are often thin and wispy and tend to catch the most light at Sunset and Sunrise. One particular type of high-altitude clouds, the cirrostratus Cloud, does indicate that rainfall will come in the next 24 hours. Additionally, the sea cirrostratus also almost always moves West.

Mid-level clouds are generally associated with light to moderate rainfall. One type, altocumulus clouds, usually formed when a warm front is advancing. When an altocumulus Cloud appears with another type of cloud you can generally expect storms. The altocumulus is also the most common cloud in the world. Altostratus the mid-level gray overcast Skies that off and bring about gloomy moods. They usually bring light rain, but they can sometimes morph into Nimbostratus clouds which can create severe thunderstorms. A Nimbostratus is a dark and thick Cloud that often completely blocks the Sun.

Low-level clouds include the most recognizable type of cloud ever. This is the cumulus cloud which looks like a big fluffy pile of cotton. Cumulus clouds are usually a sign that fair weather is happening. A cumulonimbus cloud however it is a traditional Thunderhead or Tower cloud. It begins fluffy and white but then forms a vertical Cloud whose base grows from 1 to 8 km High. As the cloud Rises the water droplets in the clouds start to form ice crystals.

These are the most basic types of clouds. Clouds can be also classified and to numerous species and varieties. They can be irregular or Tangled or become a lacy not like Cloud. Others look like sheets, and others look like Ribs & Bones. One of the most striking cloud is the mamatis which is often seen in the Himalayas.

Conclusion

This is a great mid-range weather station that features a full color hub with a scrolling ticker that will give you the most pertinent information that you could want during the day. This can include things like temperature highs and lows and humidity information. Additionally, with the rainfall alert, wind speed alert, and heat index/wind chill alerts, you know when weather conditions become something you should be concerned about. In total, this is a great station that you will learn to love whether you want just enough information to go through your day or you want to start on the road to full time amateur meterology.