Purdy said that the weather in her back yard “micro climate” is consistently colder in the winter and warmer in the summer than what the National Weather Service reports. Having more reliable data at her disposal has given her garden a better chance of success.
"The last spring frost and the first autumn frost are the defining moments of the gardening year. Many plants will die when exposed to freezing temperatures, so it's important to know when that period of time will occur," Purdy said. "Having advance notice of frost permits me to protect plants and extend my growing season."
Purdy added that trying to grow a successful garden without reliable weather tracking is like flying blind.
"You can't really succeed in gardening without understanding your climate and its typical weather patterns," Purdy said. "Tracking the weather yourself gives you the best understanding of your micro climate. Using the AcuRite weather station enables me to better predict when it is safe to plant out frost-tender crops and flowers. It also helps me plan the best time to start seeds indoors and when to sow a fall crop."