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Weather UnderGround Offer
« on: September 12, 2012, 07:38:13 PM »
Dear Randall McElroy,
We're excited to announce that RainWise, Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer of affordable weather stations, has created a new plug & play weather station system that links directly to wunderground.com.
As a bonus, RainWise is offering a package to our users that includes a wireless, solar powered MK-lll-LR weather station and compact IP-100 Internet gateway which come fully assembled for quick and easy installation. The system is Rapid Fire enabled with a refresh rate of just 3 seconds, so you can upload your weather data directly to us without having to utilize a computer source. We've tested the new RainWise systems ourselves, and are impressed with its ease of use and functionality.
RainWise is offering this incredible package at a discounted price of just $999.99. For more information or to purchase the PWS, click here.
 Best Regards,
 Dr. Jeff Masters
Founder & Director of Meteorology

PS: It's a little to high price for me my next one I believe will be a Vantage Pro 2 If as goes as plan Mid Spring
 And I like my WeatherCat  [cat] a hell alot more than $999.99 heck thats a really nice VP2 and WeatherCat and enough for lunch too! [biggrin]
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A very strange scheme (Re: Weather UnderGround Offer)
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2012, 10:00:18 PM »
Hi Randall and WeatherCat fans,

I got this email too and sure seems like a very strange weather station setup.  Unless the weather station components are at least as good as a Davis station, it seems very expensive.

Also, Weather Underground certainly picked an odd audience to announce this to.  If you already have a weather station up and running, why would you spend a $1000 to change everything from the instruments to your upload system?  I assume most users will opt for: "if it ain't broke - don't fix it."

Oh well, ours is not to reason why . . . . . .

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: Weather UnderGround Offer
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2012, 07:16:33 AM »
Got the email 'offer' here in the UK and even less incentive to buy a USA only product as the wireless frequency will be illegal over here !  [lol2]

Looks like the rampant commercialisation of WeatherUnderground that so may many on WXforum were foretelling and feared since it's recent takeover has started already  [banghead]

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Re: Weather UnderGround Offer
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2012, 09:46:42 PM »
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As a bonus, RainWise is offering a package to our users that includes a wireless, solar powered MK-lll-LR weather station and compact IP-100 Internet gateway which come fully assembled for quick and easy installation.

While expensive, WU is apparently subsidizing the cost of this package, as the regular price is $1589. RainWise is reputed to be very accurate.
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Any place to lookup specs? (Re: Weather UnderGround)
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2012, 10:49:53 PM »
Howdy Steve, Jace, and WeatherCat fans,

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As a bonus, RainWise is offering a package to our users that includes a wireless, solar powered MK-lll-LR weather station and compact IP-100 Internet gateway which come fully assembled for quick and easy installation.

While expensive, WU is apparently subsidizing the cost of this package, as the regular price is $1589. RainWise is reputed to be very accurate.

Hmm, I never heard of RainWise . . . . I put Google on the case and found the website and . . . . . . lots of pretty pictures - no specifications!!

Is there a handy link that compares the RainWise MK-III to say the Davis VP-2?

What on earth could this station do that would be worth another $500+ ??

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]

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Re: Weather UnderGround Offer
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2012, 03:33:39 AM »
RainWise has been around for a long time. I have one of their wireless digital rain gauges I bought probably 8-10 years ago, and knew about them before that. There's a subforum for them like for Davis on the WXforum. Seems folks think of them as similar accuracy to Davis, but more suited to harsh environments. Then again, they don't seem to have the options and flexibility of the Davis VP2. I get the feeling RainWise is used more in industry and government, but only from inferring various discussions.

Specs are linked at the bottom of each product page, along with a link to the manual.

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MK-III-LR Specifications


WIND SPEED (ANEMOMETER)
Range: 0 - 150 mph.; 0 - 67 meters per second; 0 - 240 Kilometers per hour; 0 - 130 Knots.
Resolution: 1.0 unit.
Accuracy: ± 2% of full scale.
WIND DIRECTION
Range: Oracle Display has 16-point wind rose, current direction by bright LED, and direction variation by dimmer LED's. Computer interface gives reading in degrees, 360°=North, 090°=East.
TEMPERATURE- Outside
Range: -66° to +166° F; -54° to +74° C.
Accuracy: ± 1° F; ± 0.5° C.
TEMPERATURE- Inside
Range: 32° to +122° F; 0° to +50° C.
Accuracy: ± 1.0° F; ± 0.5° C.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY
Range: 0 to 100 % R.H.
Accuracy: ± 2 % at 25° C. Temperature compensated from -40° to 85°C
DEW POINT
Range: -40° to +140° F.
Accuracy: ± 2° F, ±1.0° C.
TEMPERATURE/HEAT INDEX
Range: To 160° F, 71°C.
Accuracy: ± 2.0°, ±1.0° C.
WIND CHILL
Range: to -127° F; to -88° C.
Accuracy: ± 2° F, ±1.0° C.
BAROMETER
Range: 16.3 inches Hg. to 32 inches Hg; 551 to 1084 millibars (hPa), absolute reading. Digital offset for site altitude.
Accuracy: ± 0.05 inches Hg; ± 1.69 millibars (hPa) at 25°C. Temperature compensated from -40° to 85°C.
RAINFALL
Range: Unlimited Tipping bucket with 8-inch diameter collector.
Resolution: 0.01"; 0.25 mm.
Accuracy: ± 2% at 1 inch per hour.
TRANSCEIVERS
Range:  Up to one-mile line of sight. Walls or other RF absorbing structures may reduce range. Frequency:  2.4 GHz spread spectrum 802.15.4. F.C.C. approved.
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Thanks Steve for learnin' me (Re: Weather UnderGround Offer)
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2012, 07:51:37 PM »
Hi Steve and WeatherCat fans,

RainWise has been around for a long time. I have one of their wireless digital rain gauges I bought probably 8-10 years ago, and knew about them before that. There's a subforum for them like for Davis on the WXforum. Seems folks think of them as similar accuracy to Davis, but more suited to harsh environments. Then again, they don't seem to have the options and flexibility of the Davis VP2. I get the feeling RainWise is used more in industry and government, but only from inferring various discussions.

Thanks Steve for the info.  I didn't realize that Davis really had a competitor for the "off the rack" high-precision weather station market.  Now that you mention it, I think the RainWise stations are more common among the Tornado chaser crowd.

So thanks for learnin' me about this!!  [tup]

Cheers, Edouard  [cheers1]