Instead of cumulative strikes or strikes per minute, it shows the strikes using time as the horizontal axis and distance as the vertical. What this allows you to do is better judge where the strike is coming from. As the storms get closer, you begin to see patterns in the data. From watching the data roll in, it appears that observations are taken every 2 to 30 seconds, depending on the sensor. WeatherFlow didn’t have any specifics available as they still were writing the specifications and user manuals at the time of our test. And like you’d expect for a "smart" weather station, there are Alexa and Google Assistant integrations and the capability to connect and trigger smart home devices through IFTTT.
Temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and rainfall are all covered. The station also has a built-in lightning detector and a UV and light sensor that reports the UV index, brightness, and solar radiation, too. The package also includes a Wi-Fi base station, which the Tempest uses to connect to your home network. The entire setup process is within the app, and I had the station up and reporting data in just five minutes. WeatherFlowWeatherFlow’s Tempest weather station houses all of its sensors and instruments in a single compact enclosure that can be mounted to a mast or a tripod. This unique concept adds a webcam to a home weather station, but you’ll need to buy a second kit to get all of the sensors you’ll need to monitor the weather.
Netatmo’s Weather Station is the personal weather station of choice if you have a smart home system or are planning to install one. While it is somewhat pricey and does have some quirks, its accuracy and feature set is impressive and hard to beat. Wind and rain measurements are very useful, especially if you have activities affected by that type of weather. High-end stations are nice to have if you can afford them; they’re typically the most accurate, but unless you need specialty measurements—UV, soil moisture, and the like—don’t spend the money. NetatmoNetatmo Weather Station comes with the base station and one indoor/outdoor temperature/humidity sensor, Picasa but you also need the rain and wind gauges to really enjoy this station’s capabilities. This is the best consumer-oriented weather station we’ve reviewed to date, but it’s priced accordingly. As Outside Magazine notes, the National Weather Service does not have a weather app.
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Flowx can display a variety of data overlays, such as precipitation, clouds and wind direction arrows, with data sourced from the NWS/NOAA and Environment Canada. The app is ad-supported, with an optional subscription that removes ads and rewards the developer.
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Apartment dwellers will especially appreciate that the modules can be installed on a balcony without creating an eyesore. And the addition of indoor modules makes it possible to monitor temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels on a room-by-room basis. Additionally, it sends alerts for tornado, severe thunderstorm, flash flood, and special marine warnings. WeatherFlow also lets you connect to IFTTT, allowing weather events to trigger other smart home devices. The connectivity works well and allows you to set triggers for any of the station’s sensors. There’s even a trigger for each time the station takes an observation, allowing you to copy your observations to a Google spreadsheet, for example.
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That’s the storm approaching us, and then dissipating as it moves away. Graphs of cumulative strikes are also available, but you’ll need to tap on the “last 3 hours” count on the station data screen in the app to view. The way the Tempest app graphically displays lightning data is different from other methods.