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WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System review: The best home weather station available

I’ve been attempting to get my arms on a WeatherFlow Tempest for years. After I first noticed the gadget on Indiegogo in late 2016 (that’s not a typo), it seemed like nothing else obtainable on the time. Now that it’s lastly right here, there’s nonetheless nothing higher. Different climate stations are complicated, difficult to put in, and contain massive sensor suites. The Tempest homes every thing in a single impossibly small and easy-to-set-up enclosure.

The Tempest took for much longer than anticipated to succeed in the market. WeatherFlow promised backers a station by 2017, however manufacturing points and delays repeatedly pushed its launch again. Many of the unique backers didn’t get their stations till 2018 or later. And whereas the corporate was taking preorders—most of these preorders didn’t make it into prospects’ arms till this 12 months. 

What took so lengthy? It was what was inside. Whereas the Tempest has all the required measurements, similar to temperature, humidity, wind, and rainfall, the devices taking these measurements are housed in a single package deal that isn’t a lot bigger than your hand—it’s tiny by climate station requirements. The Tempest additionally measures wind and rain in a different way than simply about another station in the marketplace.

This assessment is a part of TechHive’s protection of the best home weather stations, the place you will discover evaluations of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it’s best to take into account when buying.

Whereas wind pace is measured sonically—a way that Netatmo’s Smart Anemometer launched to the patron climate station market 4 years in the past—WeatherFlow’s haptic rain sensor is one thing I’ve by no means seen earlier than.

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WeatherFlow’s Tempest climate station homes all of its sensors and devices in a single compact enclosure that may be mounted to a mast or a tripod.

As an alternative of utilizing a tipping-bucket mechanism, a typical technique for dwelling climate stations for greater than twenty years, the Tempest measures rainfall by sensing raindrops placing the Tempest’s prime. WeatherFlow has a patent on this technology.

From what I can collect, that new expertise was a lot of the holdup: It takes time to get issues proper. However boy, did they. This climate station is a game-changer, and at $329, whereas not the most affordable, the Tempest is the most effective station I’ve examined.


There isn’t a lot to do in relation to setup. Your complete sensor suite comes preassembled, and at 7.25 inches in diameter, 12 inches in size, and weighing simply three.5 kilos, it’s surprisingly small and light-weight. For set up, you possibly can connect it to the highest of a mast (the strategy I used) or screw it onto the highest of absolutely anything utilizing its customary tripod mount.

The package deal additionally features a Wi-Fi base station, which the Tempest makes use of to hook up with your property community. Your complete setup course of is inside the app, and I had the station up and reporting information in simply 5 minutes.