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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2018, 12:40:22 AM »
My other issue is that the AIR seems to be a bit "deaf" with regards to lightning.

The Atlas picked up 25 strikes during today's storms.  Zero for the AIR.

Even though it's going to put the AIR in the sun, I'm going to relocate it near the Atlas and see if that makes any difference in lightning detection.

I did notice a "Lighting Disturber" sensor status tonight for the AIR.  I'm not sure what's causing that or why it isn't going away.

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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2018, 12:54:22 AM »
Mine seems to work reasonably well I have it out in a open area 4, above a grassy area on same pipe as sky and a       
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I have it mounted in a home made wooden Stevenson Shield
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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2018, 09:45:12 AM »
Nice shield I like... =D>
I'm thinking the Davis 7714 shield it would fit inside also. They have a nice platform inside to hold sensors and for passive shield works well. 
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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #28 on: November 17, 2018, 08:05:29 PM »
Update on my WeatherFlow issues.

WeatherFlow customer service is great!  The sent me a new AIR because of my lightning issue with a pre-paid mailer to send the old one back for analysis.  The new one is now in service.

Also, I noted the UV reading on my SKY was way too high (e.g. almost 8 when forecast and Atlas readings were 3) compared to my Atlas and the EPA forecasts.  WeatherFlow support checked it remotely and made an adjustment on their end.  Now there is much agreement between them!


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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #29 on: December 17, 2018, 12:38:08 PM »
Any user updates on Weatherflow?

I've been looking at them all and it looks to fit the bill for what I am after.

I'm in the Desert and need humidity reading below 10% most of the year so that thins the heard a lot.

I also like that fact the Metrobridge can grab the data.

It would make a nice Xmas present for myself!  ;)

Thanks!

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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2019, 04:59:26 PM »
I too am interested in any updates. Is there any way to connect this to some type of base station as you would with most PWS?

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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2019, 06:26:59 PM »
They do not offer a console, only the smartphone apps and web page.  I have had a $49 Amazon tablet hanging on the wall for over a year now running the Android WF app, and look at it first even with an Acu-Rite console hanging right below it:



Let's see Davis or any other PWS vendor sell a color touchscreen console for $49!

There are also a few neat display options listed under the 3rd party software section in WF's support forum, one using tablets and two using Raspberry Pi computers to make cheap console substitutes with nicer graphics than the WF app has.....
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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2019, 09:38:31 PM »
Thanks for the pix, very nice. Can the display be set to a continuous 'on' state?

Also, as you have both the Davis (as I do) and the WF, what do you see as the pros & cons of each?

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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2019, 08:02:12 AM »
There are free Android apps to keep the screen on 24/7.  I'm using one of them, but don't recall which off the top of my head.

I like that the VP2's wind sensors do not have any large horizontal surface for snow to pile up on!  These pictures from last winter motivated me to buy the VP2:





WF's haptic rain sensor is currently a work in progress.  They are developing a continuous learning process to calibrate each individual unit, and there is a lot of promise in their idea of a rain gauge with no moving parts.  Just keep in mind that it can't measure snow/melt.  The one unique thing that it can do is detect and alert on the start of rain when it detects the first drops, which is useful in home automation and for sending smartphone alerts.  Right now, I wouldn't use the WF station by itself without a good tipping bucket of some sort for measuring rainfall manually.

WF's strong point is making your station data available via multiple vectors, from their cloud service all the way down to local UDP broadcasts of live 3-second (wind) observations on your local network segment.  As the person who developed/shared the weewx station driver for weatherflow-UDP, I'll say that it is child's play to grab the data and do whatever you want with it.  The person who came up with this idea at WF deserves a Nobel Prize, and every other vendor should make it so easy!

In terms of accuracy, the WF station is tracking nicely against my VP2 and Acu-Rite 5-in-1 under most conditions.  Siting the WF Air in a spot without sun may be a challenge for some, but I'm having great results mounted to the north wall of my detached/unheated garage.  The WF's wind readings will sometimes get wonky in the rain, as the collected moisture change the ultrasonic sounds.  (I would imagine that every other ultrasonic with a covered "slot" for wind has the same problem.)

I like the WF hardware a lot, but at the end of the day my VP2 has earned its spot as the "official" PWS (out of the three in my yard) for reporting to various services.....
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Re: Opinions on WeatherFlow smart weather stations?
« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2019, 11:14:36 AM »
Vreihen, thanks for the info! I really do like the elegant nature of the WF sensors and the fact that it's devoid of any moving parts. As you say, there are some issues, but it looks like most of them will get ironed out with time.

I'm happy enough with my VP2, although frustrated with the dated nature of the hardware (particularly the base units), that I'll sit tight and see how things progress at WF.

 

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