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This weather station is an incredible tool for anyone who is trying to get a handle on the fluctuations of their local weather conditions. The station comes with an outdoor sensor array, an indoor thermo-hygrometer barometer, and a tablet console. The array can be mounted to any pole that is between one and two inches in diameter, and tightens for security. The array communicates with the tablet console via an RF wireless line of sight transmitter that has a 100-foot to 300-foot range.
The sensors that are attached to the array include:
- Solar/UV Light Sensor
- Rain Gauge
- Solar Power Cell
It also has a bubble level so that you can mount the sensor correctly to get the most accurate readings.
The sensor operates from power from the solar panel which charges a capacitor for night time or overcast times. During periods of prolonged overcast conditions, 2 AA batteries provide backup power.
The kit comes with a single internal Thermo-Hygrometer, but you can connect up to eight of them to the control console. These allow you to get comprehensive data readings for total coverage.
The display tablet provides visual data from the multiple sensors on the array and thermo-hygrometers. This includes wind speed, wind direction, temperature, rainfall, humidity, UV index, and light levels from the array. The internal hygrometer provides barometric pressure, humidity, and temperature. You can view this raw data, or you can allow the tablet to calculate data for easier consumption.
The tablet will give you information collected into a “Feels Like” reading that combines wind chill and heat index. It will also provide you with the dew point, wind speed, and the gust speeds. It updates the data every 16 seconds as well.
The tablet uses Wi-Fi to connect to the internet and connect to the AmbientWeather network. This network allows you to get the information from your weather sensor on any smart device or computer. By using your computer, you can do complex data analysis from the information collected.
This sensor kit also works with Google Home, Alexa, and other smart home hubs. Getting information is as easy as enabling the skill with Alexa and then asking for a weather report. You can ask for information from both the indoor and outdoor sensors as well. The weather station also works with the IF This Then That (IFTTT) feature to create or connect to other apps. The AmbientWeather server will also track when your apps triggered so you have a handy record of when things happen.
How Weather Stations Collect Wind Data
Weather stations are great for collecting data about wind. They can record velocity, pressure, and wind direction to help you determine how quickly a front is moving in, or how long a storm system will hang around. All that can help you determine how to control the home climate and if you might need that space heater turned on soon or roll out the portable air conditioner. But how does the weather station do that? The device that a station uses to analyze the wind is called an anemometer.
The most common anemometer has cups attached to arms that spin in the wind. As the wind blows, it spins the rod that the arms are connected to. As wind velocity increases, it spins faster. The anemometer keeps track of how fast it is spinning, and that is used to determine the wind speed. One thing to remember is that wind does not blow steadily. So look for a weather station that takes an average over a short period.
There are other types of anemometers as well. Hot-wire anemometers use a heated wire that is placed in the open air. As the wind blows, it takes power to keep it at a level temperature. Because the wind cools the wire, the harder it blows, it requires more power to keep it at temperature. This amount of power is calculated internally to determine the wind speed.
Yet another way of detecting wind speed is by calculating air pressures. A tube anemometer uses a tube with one open end to calculate wind speed. As air moves faster, it causes a change in pressure. The tube anemometer records the difference in pressure and from that is able to calculate wind speeds.
There are several other types of anemometers in use; some even use lasers to detect the movement of particles in the wind. Knowing what kind of anemometer is in your weather station can help you understand how your station works and what the weaknesses and strengths are.
The WS-2000 is a great high-end weather station for people who want more information than just the temperature and wind speed. With the ability to connect multiple thermo-hygrometers and even an air quality sensor, the amount of data you can collect from this station is amazing. Whether you’re an extreme hobbyist or a gardener who wants to track average rainfall, there’s a lot to love about the WS-2000 weather station.