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Ambient Weather creates multiple weather stations for all sorts of users; whether you are a weather enthusiast or an amateur meteorologist, this wireless weather station will provide you with all the data you could possibly want. It includes the same sensor array that is included with the top of the line WS-2000 weather station. This Osprey Sensor Array has sensors that measure the following data with the noted accuracies:
- Indoor Temperature from 14 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit with accuracy of +/- 2 degrees
- Outdoor Temperature from -40 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit with accuracy of +/- 2 degrees
- Indoor Relative Humidity from 10 to 99% with accuracy of +/- 5%
- Outdoor Humidity from 10 to 99%
- Wind Speed from 0 to 100 mph
The Osprey sensor array connects to the console control center via line of sight RF on the 915MHz frequency. The console then connects to your router to upload information to the AmbientWeather network. By sending real time data to the network, you can choose to keep your data private or share it with friends and family. The network then allows you to view the data across multiple platforms, from PC or iOS to smart devices. Different modules use the data to provide detailed information for easy consumption.
With the data uploaded, you can set alert parameters that give you text or email alerts. You can set these parameters for high wind speeds, low temperatures, or a combination of things. For example, you can set an alarm for extremely low wind speeds combined with rapidly falling barometric pressure if you live in the Midwest. Those could be precursors to a tornado.
The control center is also compatible with Alexa, Google Home Assistant, and IFTTT. You can use the same alerts that trigger text or email as triggers for IFTTT apps that control lighting, curtains, smart thermosats, smart WiFi Air Conditioners, and security devices.
Other features of the Control Console include the following:
- Text Reports that are exportable to other programs in CSV format for more detailed analysis
- Graphing capabilities with periods that range from daily to yearly and combinations in between
- Compatible with Restful and Real-Time APIs for more flexible apps
- Private Network security
One additional service that comes free with this weather station is the ability to connect Wunderground. Wunderground is a data hosting service that stores real-time data from nearly 40,000 weather stations around the world. By connecting and sharing data, you get free services as well as the WunderMap app for iOS and Android.
Comfort 101: What does Heat Index and Wind Chill mean?
One of the primary reasons for having a weather station is because you want to know when it’s comfortable outside. After all, it’s no fun going outside when the humidity is high and you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Likewise, if the wind is so strong that it feels like you’re in the arctic. So what does it mean when people say the heat index or wind chill are off the charts?
Heat index is what the temperature actually feels like to a person. It combines the measure of relative humidity with actual air temperature. You know the saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” That’s because the humidity can interfere with your body’s ability to cool itself through perspiration. When the humidity is high, then sweat can no longer evaporate effectively, and you don’t cool down as efficiently.
As an example, if the outside temperature is 86 degrees, but relative humidity is 80%, then the heat index means that your body will act as if the temperature were actually 100 degrees. This can lead to extremely dangerous conditions with high humidity and even moderate temperatures. The National Weather Service provides a chart to calculate this information for you.
Wind Chill is the other end of the spectrum. Wind chill factors in how the wind affects your body’s ability to keep itself warm. The stronger the wind is, the more heat your body loses, and the colder it seems. This affects how long it takes you to develop cold-related trauma such as frostbite or even hypothermia.
For example, if the wind is gusting at 20 miles per hour, and the air temperature is zero degrees Fahrenheit, the wind chill will make it feel like it is actually -22 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, exposed skin will be frostbitten in just under an hour. At colder temperatures, frostbite times can be as low as five minutes.
The Ambient Weather WS-2902 is a great weather station that provides you with a plethora of information. With this data, you can monitor everything from wind speed to tracking average rainfall over the past 30 days. With its ability to connect to the internet and share data with other meteorologists around the world, it’s possible to increase understanding of how climate change is affecting local and regional weather patterns.