The AcuRite 01512 Weather Station Pro Color Weather Station is about as full-featured a weather station as anyone who isn't a professional weather forecaster could ask for. Unlike some AcuRite models, it comes with both the sensor array that monitors weather information and the full-color display you'll need to interpret that information. Given that the former is called a "5-in-1 sensor," it's no shock that it measures five different meteorological factors: temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and rain. The display lets you read this information along with a forecast based on barometer readings, though the 01512 also comes with a smartphone app that allows you to do the same when the unit isn't handy. The station will output automatically to Wunderground.com, the comprehensive Internet data site founded by the Weather Channel and currently run by IBM.
All of which suggests that weather is extremely important to some people. It's a powerful force, not just physically but emotionally. It inspires songs: "Singin' in the Rain." "Stormy Weather." "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head." "Blue Skies." "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
Weather inspires emotional metaphors. A sad person is said to be "gloomy." A happy person has a "sunny disposition." Something that ruins your day is said to "rain on your parade."
Is it any wonder then that personal weather stations form such a large part of the home electronics sector? Knowing what the weather is, or what it's going to become, can actually tell us what emotions we're about to feel. It can even tell us what songs we're about to burst into.
If you need or simply want this kind of localized, real-time weather data, this unit is a good deal, roughly comparable in price and power to competing units like the Netatmo NWS01-US and the Davis Instruments Vantage Vue (and considerably less expensive, when new, than the latter unit).
If you love to watch the weather, this station is awesome. We only have had to replace the batteries once.
The weather ticker is also very useful and very complete. I am very impressed with this product and I would recommend this weather station to anyone without hesitation!
This was purchased by my wife as a gift and I keep telling her how much I love this weather station. I am a weather buff and this fits the bill perfectly.
I like the bigger color display and the thorough information it provides.