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For most of my adult life, I have been a weather geek. I have watched the Weather Channel all day at times, just because I love the weather reports. I can remember very clearly sitting on the sofa with my son when he was about 3 years old, watching the evening news weather report. The weather guy was talking about a “monster storm” that was coming our way. My son was too afraid to sleep that night, worried about that monster! I also worry about the monster storms, the tornadoes that frequent our part of the country. I try to stay abreast of the the weather conditions, no matter where I am, so that I will know if there is a storm coming.
Then one day, I received an email from Acu-Rite, asking me if I would like to review one of their Wireless Weather Stations that is compatible with Weather Underground, I just couldn’t believe it! I usually just respond to emails by sending emails back, but this time I picked up the telephone and called them to discuss this opportunity.
So, Fabgrandpa and I received the Weather Station, and read all the instructions about installing it and setting it up. The outdoor unit is powered by a tiny solar panel that charges 4 AAA batteries in a waterproof compartment. (Rechargeable batteries not included) The data that it collects is sent to the Internet Bridge by a wireless signal.
The Internet Bridge connects to your router by an ethernet cable, and sends the data to y our computer, where you have the AcuRite App software installed. You can look at all the data on any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone that has the app installed. There is also a beautiful full color display unit that plugs into your computer via a USB port. All of the pieces work together to collect the data and display it so that you can keep up to date with the weather in your area.
Once we got the outdoor unit installed, we set up the Internet Bridge, and hooked up the Indoor Display Unit, and downloaded the AcuRite software. And then, this is what our display looked like:
This unit shows us the wind speed, the temperature outdoors, the humidity, the barometric pressure, and the rainfall amount. There is also a weather ticker across the bottom that tells you historic data, and other messages. The last step was setting up our Internet Bridge to share data to Weather Underground. Weather Underground is a free app for your smartphone, that shows the weather wherever your are. You can see the Personal Weather Stations on the map, and choose the one closest to you. You can see Fabgrandma Wildcat Rd on this map, which is the location of my weather station in my yard!
Or, you can click on the station and see the full weather report for that area:
If you are a weather geek like me, I know you are convinced by now that you need to buy one of these Weather Environment Systems. The good news is, that they are all on sale right now, and to sweeten the pot, Acu-Rite is giving Fabgrandma readers an extra $10 off using the discount code GRANDMASRULE. This discount code is valid thru 9/10/2105, so hurry up and get yours now!
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