How do I change my station name?
You can change the name of your station any time via the settings in the app. From the main app screen, tap the setting icon in the upper left corner. Tap stations > select your station > then tap Name to rename as you wish. Make sure to hit SAVE button.
Can I see my weather station online?
Yes. Go to smartweather.weatherflow.com and user your WeatherFlow login credentials to view your station. You can also share your weather station with friends and family by sharing the URL noted at the bottom of your station’s webpage.
Do I need WiFi?
Yes and no. Most people will locate their weather station at home and connect to a home WiFi network. Doing this will enable consistent weather data to flow into our servers and allow anytime data access. It is possible to operate a Smart Weather Station via your smartphone, however, data will only be reported when the phone is directly connected to the weather station (via BLE).
Can I use my iPad?
You can use any connected device to view your weather data. iPad – yes. iPhone – yes. Android phone or tablet – yes. Computer – yes. Anything with a browser.
I don't have iOS or Android - how do I get through setup?
You can **only** set up your Hub through the iOS or Android applications. Although, some BlackBerry devices can run Android apps. If this isn't an option or if you have a Windows phone, try using a friend's or family member's iOS or Android device for the setup process. Once the Hub and devices are setup and configured to WiFi, you can access the data anywhere on the web.
What batteries should I use?
The HUB is designed to plug into a power outlet inside your house. We will supply a USB power cable for international compatibility. The AIR & SKY run on AA batteries. We strongly recommend using Energizer Ultimate Lithium (not alkaline, not rechargeable lithium ion) as they perform much better in variable temperatures. AIR uses four AAs, and SKY uses eight AAs. Both AIR and SKY are meticulously designed to consume a tiny amount of power allowing for super long battery life
What is the wireless range?
AIR & SKY communicate with HUB via powerful sub-gHz telemetry radios. We have tested the radio signal over 300 meters (1000 ft+) in a clear line-of-sight. All situations differ with local obstructions like walls and power interference. The HUB should be placed within reasonable proximity to your home WiFi router.
Solar radiation shield for the AIR?
If you must place your AIR in a sunny location, make sure to house within an adequate solar radiation shield. There are solar shields on Amazon: search “solar radiation shield”. We’ve test the Ambient SRS100LX: http://a.co/fu9505i and the AIR fits snuggly inside.
How frequently are measurements reported by the sensors?
All parameters are reported on a one-minute cycle. On AIR, you will also get instantaneous lightning events whenever they occur. On SKY, you get a wind speed & direction every 3 seconds and on SKY, you also get instantaneous "rain start" events when more than 5 seconds of continuous rain occurs.
My humidity seem high, is something wrong?
The sensors inside the AIR are tested and calibrated no less than 3 times before they leave our factory. If you think your AIR is over reporting relative humidity, the first thing to do is check the immediate environment in which it’s located. The sensors are quite sensitive... and will pick up ambient moisture from ground vegetation, nearby trees, moisture in wood decks, dryer vents, etc. Try moving your AIR to different locations and check the data, you might be surprised how each micro-climate differs.
Why is the lightning detector giving false positives?
The lightning detector in the AIR senses the small electromagnetic pulse produced by lightning. Although it will reject most non-lightning emissions, it may report so-called "false positives" from other electromagnetic sources including motors, microwave ovens, computer monitors, speakers, and even motion detectors. Be sure to locate the AIR away from such sources. Sometimes these sources are not obvious. If you experience false positives, the simple solution is to re-locate your AIR in a location void of non-lightning sources of electromagnetic pulses. If you're still receiving many false positives, you can also try tipping your AIR sideways as there is some horizontal directionality to the lightning sensor antenna within.
What does the 'Share Publicly' setting entail?
The 'Share Publicly' settings toggle allows you to decide whether or not others can view data from your weather station. This data does not include any personal identification. It does include a general proximity location for geographical context. If this is of concern, you can simply change the location of your station in the Station settings menu. Here's an example of publicly shared weather data: https://smartweather.weatherflow.com/share/1531
How can I use my data on my website or blog?
There are several ways to integrate your smart weather station data into a website. If your website uses WordPress, check out the beautiful Weather Station plugin (https://weather.station.software/). You can also link your station to Weather Underground, then use one of their weather stickers (https://www.wunderground.com/stickers/). The desktop software Weather-Display (www.weather-display.com) is a powerful tool for visualizing weather data and also provides a nice way to publish data to a website. Finally, if you are an experienced developer (or know someone who is), you'll want to check out our API (https://weatherflow.github.io/SmartWeather/api/).
This section is a work in progress... please, ask us some questions!
Full Smart Home Weather Station FAQs
Why did you separate the station into two devices?
Better siting, better data. In order to accurately measure wind, rain, and UV you need to place the SKY in an open area with a clear view of the sky above (like on your roof). As you can imagine, placing a temperature sensor in the full sun presents issues. That’s why we made the AIR a separate device to be placed in the shade — more accurate data.
How does the sonic anemometer work?
SKY houses a sonic anemometer in the top of the device. The SKY measures wind speed and direction based on the time of flight of sonic pulses between pairs of transducers. This allows for a high degree of accuracy especially in variable wind conditions. For more information see Wikipedia on Sonic Anemometers.
Does AIR really detect lightning?
Yup. Pretty cool, huh? The AIR actually detects cloud-to-ground AND cloud-to-cloud activity. Our sensor detects electrical transmissions from lightning activity up to 40km (approx. 25 miles) away and gives an estimate of distance. Humans can typically sense lightning only up to 25km away. The sensor algorithm is even smart enough to reject man-made signals such as microwave ovens and motors. That said, it’s important to place the AIR away from electrical disturbances for best performance. The maximum detection efficiency at 5km is about 40%, at 15km ~35%, and at 40km ~18% or so. Please note that the sensor is an early warning system designed to track the head of the storm, it is not necessary to capture every single lightning strike. It is enough to capture some events to get information on how far the leading edge of the storm is away from the sensor’s position. The system is based on statistical analyses of lightning strikes and is thus not comparable to expensive lightning measurement equipment.
How come I don't get an alert for every lightning strike?
To prevent users from being overwhelmed by lightning detection alerts, we set up a rule that our software follows: for each lightning strike, an alert is sent if it’s been more than 30 minutes since the last alert or if it’s closer than the previous strike.
How does the haptic rain sensor work?
SKY uses a patent-pending haptic rain sensor in the top of the device. Using a combination of pressure and capacitance, SKY measures and counts each falling raindrop. Algorithms exclude things that are not rain (like the rumblings of a passing train or Harley). This allows SKY to report the instant rain begins falling, the current intensity, and the total rain accumulation over time. Accuracy compares to a large tipping bucket, but does not get fouled with leaves or bird poop.