If you've been following AcuRite's line of low-to-mid-range automated weather stations, you may be starting to wonder if it's even possible for the company to come up with new variations on their patented combinations of outdoor sensors and multi-colored indoor displays. If you thought they'd finally reached the limit, we hope you weren't betting money on that, because here's another.
The AcuRite 01022M brings a surprising new feature to the table: a lightning detector. Yes, in addition to AcuRite's 5-in-1 outdoor sensor, the 01022M can detect lightning activity and not only count the number of strikes withing a 25 mile radius but estimate how far away from you they are, so you'll know when it's time to turn off the computer and prepare for a black-out when a high-voltage strike from the heavens takes out the local power station (or, worse, hits your house or the barn out back).
Aside from the excitement of watching lightning move around your region (and the accompanying natural sound effects several seconds later), the AcuRite 01022M offers the usual array of data from their standard 5-in-1 sensor: temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind direction and wind speed. The colorful indoor display, one of several from AcuRite that offer variations on the same theme, shows you this data along with the time and date, the projected forecast based on the data from the sensor, a streaming weather ticker that provides a measure of real-time Weather Channel excitement to your daily ritual of staring, hypnotized, at the display, and an indoor barometer/thermometer, so you'll know what the weather is both indoor and out. And it keeps a record of weather data, including the lightning strikes.
If this isn't the AcuRite unit you want, they offer so many others that you couldn't count them on the fingers of both hands. At the low-end, there's the AcuRite 02081M and at the upper end you could get the AcuRite 01085RM. Meanwhile, their competition will tempt you with the fairly expensive Davis Instruments Vantage Vue and the Oregon Scientific WMR-300A Ultra-Precision Professional.
Exceptional piece of equipment which any amateur meteorologist would love to have. Very educational and easy to understand and operate! Great equipment for your money.
This was a gift for my guy who is obsessed with the weather. He loves it. Monitors all the time. He is hard to buy gifts for but he loves this. Best gift ever!