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Offline nincehelser

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Re: The Acurite Atlas
« Reply #50 on: February 22, 2018, 12:15:33 PM »
For you guys/gals that are currently testing the Atlas...since I would assume that many of you have been around PWS stuff for quite a long time, including testing with specific companies, let me ask you this. Based on your experiences, what would be your best guess as to how long until Atlas is released? Are we looking at a month? 6 months? Maybe a year yet? I know...nothing from the past can accurately indicate the future, so this is just more of a "guess", based on what you've experienced and have seen occur in the past. Care to take a shot in the dark?

I've seen people say things like "should be really soon". "Really soon" can be very subjective. My wife might think "really soon" would be sometime today. I might think "really soon" would be within 6 months. :)

I'm sticking with "any day now".

Based on the beta test experience, I've no idea what the "showstopper" might be.  Obviously some issues were uncovered, but nothing that shouldn't be easy to fix.


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Re: The Acurite Atlas
« Reply #51 on: February 22, 2018, 01:51:48 PM »
Don't know... I thought it would be available by now. Obviously, there is some issue with the software, and I think that is what is really the hold-out.

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Re: The Acurite Atlas
« Reply #52 on: February 24, 2018, 02:48:37 PM »
Don't know... I thought it would be available by now. Obviously, there is some issue with the software, and I think that is what is really the hold-out.

Yesterday I heard from another beta tester that there was a problem with Atlas data crashing the production version of the mobile app.  A new version of the mobile app came out yesterday which should fix that.

I made the switch to the production site yesterday and so far things have been fine.

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Re: The Acurite Atlas
« Reply #53 on: March 10, 2018, 05:42:34 PM »
Tested the Atlas 8 here in Morehead City, NC and overall was pleased with the performance. The wind readings are superior to the 5-in-1 with a better sampling rate. The rain gauge underestimates during heavy rainfall, which is the expected behavior with a tipping bucket  in heavy rainfall. I was always surprised how the 5-in-1 managed to overestimate rainfall. In the days of testing, I only noted one day where the solar heating was noticeable (about 6 degree warmer than surrounding sites), otherwise, the Atlas was at or below the temperature of the 5-in-1 on most days. This testing was done in the fall with a low sun angle. I do worry, with the amount of black plastic on the unit, that we will again see major heating issues when the sun is more directly overhead in late Spring and early Summer.

Overall as others have stated, a solid piece of equipment and a step up from the 5-in-1. I especially like the indoor console and lightning detector. Would recommend!

Chris Collins
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I'm curious, as the sun angle is much higher now that it is mid March, any temp spikes with the atlas?  How is it tracking compared to other stations in your location?

 

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