Now that we know a bit about what a professional home weather station is and does, we can discuss the third question; how does a professional weather station work? We’ll start by describing the different components that make up a weather station.
The two primary components to a weather station are the wireless sensor and the weather station display. More advanced professional weather station systems may also feature a built-in PC connection or an AcuRite Access™ to upload data to a computer, tablet, smartphone, and weather-related websites. Higher-end systems may also be expanded with add-on sensors that allow you to increase your coverage area to include indoor environmental monitoring for basements, attics, garages, etc. Here’s an overview of what each weather station component does:
Outdoor Wireless Sensors: These components, installed outdoors, collect weather data and wirelessly transmit the data to a weather station display and/or Internet bridge. A basic sensor unit will usually monitor temperature and humidity. A high-end sensor may also measure wind speed. A top-line sensor can feature temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, UV index, light intensity and even lightning detection.
AcuRite offers a full range of wireless weather stations and wireless sensors. These include our Wireless Temperature and Humidity Sensor, 3-in-1 Weather Sensor, 5-in-1 Weather Sensor, and AcuRite Atlas.
Weather Station Display: This component includes wireless, monochrome digital screens (battery-operated) that may feature a backlight for nighttime viewing, or you may prefer an illuminated color LCD display that is powered by a standard wall outlet and can be placed in your kitchen, bedroom, office, etc. Its job is to receive and compute data from the wireless weather station and then display current and forecasted conditions. Weather station displays typically feature built-in sensors of their own, allowing them to measure indoor temperature, indoor humidity, and barometric pressure (barometric pressure is vital in creating a weather forecast). The display screen features large, bold numbers so that you can get a complete view of indoor and outdoor conditions at a glance.
Some weather station displays offer a USB port that enables them to be connected to a computer. This allows for storage and analysis of historical records, as well as remote monitoring of your weather (via the Internet) on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also upload your sensor data to websites like Weather Underground and see how your professional home weather station’s data compares to other home weather stations operating in your area. The PC connect feature provides the ability to configure the software to send an email and/or text alerts for things like severe weather or a flooded basement…or any other type of condition you would like to stay notified about.
AcuRite Access™: This component can be used in parallel with a weather station display or as a stand-alone unit for reporting sensor data. Regardless, its function is to receive data from your wireless sensor(s) and upload it to the Internet straight through an Ethernet router. From there, the data is sent to My AcuRite, where it can be viewed through an app on your phone or on your computer.
AcuRite’s Access™ comes equipped with a built-in barometer. This is because barometric pressure is a vital reading when forecasting weather. So, as the AcuLink bridge uploads data from your wireless sensors to the internet, it also senses and uploads barometric pressure. When the AcuLink cloud server receives this data, it can compute reliable weather forecasts.
Add-On Sensors: Depending on what professional home weather station you choose, you may have the ability to expand the system with add-on sensors.
One advantage of this is that you can simultaneously monitor multiple locations in and around your home. Examples may include a music room, basement, garage, crawlspace, or greenhouse.
Or, perhaps you have a specific need. This may be maintaining water temperature in a fish tank, keeping an eye on humidity in a reptile cage, or monitoring soil temperature in your garden.
AcuRite offers a variety of add-on sensors. In addition to the ability to purchase additional Wireless Temperature and Humidity Sensor, we offer Room Monitors, Rain Gauges, Water Detectors (great for warning of basement flooding), Liquid & Soil Temperature Sensors (great for gardening, fish tanks and pools), Spot Check Temperature & Humidity Sensors, additional Temperature, and Humidity Sensors and more.