May 7, 2021


Born to play

Best Home Weather Stations (2021): Netatmo, WeatherFlow, AcuRite, Ambient Weather

The Tempest (Score: 6/10) is a new entry to the scene, and like Netatmo it...

The Tempest (Score: 6/10) is a new entry to the scene, and like Netatmo it aims to give you a ton of data with a confined footprint. Although the hardware is greater than Netatmo’s, it is additional discreet than AcuRite and Ambient’s, hunting a bit like a chook feeder and intended to be mounted on a pole (not provided) someplace in your yard or on your roof. The technique also involves an indoor module that relays information from the sensor to your Wi-Fi community, but that module doesn’t provide any indoor weather data. Set up is rather painless, at minimum in comparison to most other temperature stations on the industry.

Tempest gives really a bit of data, including temperature, humidity, barometric tension, wind speed/course, lights strike info, and UV information. The technique also steps rain activity, but it does so without a classic rain-catching funnel. Rather, Tempest makes use of a haptic rain sensor, fundamentally measuring when and how forcefully water droplets strike the best of the machine. It is astonishingly accurate and a ton much less messy than the common rain sensor—and it doesn’t have to be cleaned periodically.

Tempest’s temperature readings are likely to operate a minimal higher, and its temperature forecasts were being the worst in this roundup, missing on regular by 5.two levels. Tempest’s forecasts are likely to be rather wild, including 1 that guessed the higher would be nine levels lessen than Netatmo and yet another that forecast a thirty percent opportunity of “wintry mix” precipitation on a working day when there was no rain and we experienced a 40-degree small. That is odd due to the fact forecasting is meant to be Tempest’s forte, employing equipment learning to “significantly strengthen the forecast more than time,” for each the company. I’ve been tests the machine for quite a few months and however see some rather out-there predictions on normally unremarkable times.

My other criticism with Tempest is that its application is not as valuable as it could be. The genuine-time and forecast sights on the primary page are intuitive, but if you want to delve into history, you are introduced only with a numeric information sheet of each individual day’s temperature. Going back in time means flipping by means of page following page, 1 working day at a time, right until you locate the working day that pursuits you, with no extended-time period charts or graphs to be discovered.

Over-all, I do like Tempest even with its faults, particularly due to the fact of the hardware, but $329 is asking an terrible ton for the package. With an up to date application and some wonderful-tuning to the AI, I may perhaps be inclined to revise my rating upward down the line.