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What is the difference between absolute and relative pressure?

Absolute pressure is the measured atmospheric pressure. Absolute pressure is not corrected to sea-level conditions. To compare pressure conditions from one location to another, meteorologists correct pressure to sea-level conditions (referred to as relative pressure, or pressure relative to sea-level). Because the air pressure decreases as…

Wireless signal is intermittent or not working

Simply moving your display console (or receiver) to a different location may easily fix the communication issue. We recommend the following best practices for trouble free wireless communication. Fresh Batteries. If applicable, make sure there are fresh batteries in both the console and remote. Remember…

How Can I Compare your different Weather Station Model Features and Specifications?

The following is a comparison of specifications and features for the Ambient Weather station brands. We offer four different brands: Falcon Series: WS-8478A  Observer Series: WS-1002-WiFi WS-1201-IP WS-1401-IP Osprey Series: WS-2902A WS-1900 WS-1550-IP Osprey Series: WS-2000  ColorView Series: WS-12 WS-50 Each brand shares the same…

How do I test the accuracy of my rain gauge?

To determine the accuracy of a digital rain gauge, you need to know the surface area of the funnel. If the rain gauge has a rectangular inlet: Area = length x width If the rain gauge is circular: Area = ( π x d2 ) /…

What are the differences between the WS-2902A and WS-8478A?

The WS-8478A has a much nicer display console. The WS-2902A uses a color film LCD which has a small viewing angle. The WS-8478A uses a high contrast PMVA display, and is almost twice as large. The WS-8478A supports 7 additional thermo-hygrometer sensors. The WS-2902A includes…

How do I prevent snow build up on my weather station?

Snow build up is difficult to prevent, especially “wet snow”. You can spray the top of the unit with teflon snow and ice repellent like this: https://www.amazon.com/DuPont-Teflon-Snow-Repellant-10-Ounce/dp/B0031T82NO but this is not 100% effective. Snow is considered normal maintenance, and accumulated snow can be brushed off…

Weather Station Temperature Reads Too High in the Day Time.

Temperature reads too high (or inaccurate) when placed in the sun or close to a radiant heat source, like a house, building or structure. Place the sensor inside next to the indoor console sensor. Wait about 1 hour for stabilization. The sensors should agree within…

Why are Lithium Ultimate batteries recommended and not Alkaline or rechargeable batteries?

Lithium ultimate batteries like the following: https://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Ultimate-Lithium-Batteries-Each/dp/B00003IEME have a wide temperature operating range. They operate between -40 degF and 140 degF. Alkaline batteries only operate to about +10 degF. Rechargeable batteries often have a limited life and mean constant replacing, as well as a narrow…

How do I Update the Firmware, Model WS-8478 Series?

To update the firmware, you must have a USB stick with 32 GBytes of memory or less. To update the firmware for the Model WS-8478, download the latest version of firmware here to your PC or Mac: https://www.ambientweather.com/amwefawsdoce.html Extract or unzip the update zip file….

Rainfall spikes, or over reporting.

Rainfall spikes, or over reporting is generally caused by pole vibration. Pole vibration can occur when it is very windy, or a bird lands on the weather station. Hail can also cause the rain gauge mechanism to vibrate. Make certain the pole is not vibrating during…

How do I read indoor conditions on Weather Underground?

Weather Underground only provides indoor data in their iPad application Wunderstation. However, AmbientWeather.net fully supports indoor and multiple channel sensors. Here is a complete list of weather stations that work with AmbientWeather.net: https://www.ambientweather.com/ambientnet.html  

Sunrise and Sunset incorrect, WS-8478 Series.

Make sure your location is correct (longitude and latitude) by typing your address into Bing Maps:https://www.bing.com/maps  Enter the longitude and latitude into the weather station set up page:   3. Do not enter a negative sign for Longitude or Latitude. For example, -112.0474 is 112.0474…

Weather Station Grounding.

Because lightning is so unpredictable, we cannot make important decisions about your individual installation. If you are installing the weather station on your roof or structure, consult a licensed electrician that specializes in lightning for advice. Because weather stations are not hardened against EMP damage…

How do I access the User Interface Panel, Falcon Series.

Press and hold the WI-FI / SENSOR button for six seconds in normal mode, the console green LED will flash to signify that it has entered WAP (wireless access point) mode, and is ready to enter for WIFI settings. Use your smart phone, tablet, or…

Can the Weather Station Measure Snow?

Most weather stations use self-emptying rain gauges, which do not count snow and will not operate when frozen. It requires the snow melt before the precipitation is “counted”.

Time is off by increments of an hour, Falcon Series.

If the time zone is off by increments of an hour, the time zone or daylight saving time is set incorrectly. They are the first two clock settings:   The following table provides times zones throughout the world. Locations in the eastern hemisphere are positive,…