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29 Dec 2015
I love my Sequim weather station. I actually live in what is nearly the center of the Blue Hole, aka the Sequim Rain Shadow. This little Sequim weather station is so cool, I could not resist writing about it and sharing why I think it’s a great investment.
We all know what the typical annual precipitation is in the Sequim area (16 inches, 1/3rd of Seattle), and we can look up temperatures on the Internet for any time of year. All that is helpful, but when you own a Sequim home, you can’t really tell what the rain fall is in a 24 hour period, or a week, or a month, or the year, unless you have your own Sequim weather station. It’s also nice to know when the temperature reaches freezing.
Of course, there’s more. You can monitor temperature, humidity, rain, wind speed and wind direction remotely for any location, track historical records and customize email and text alerts to know when conditions change. You can view your weather from virtually anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer with the AcuRite app or myAcuRite.com website, or easily publish your weather reports on Weather Underground. I just think that is cool.
I’m sure that some would just say that this is another “toy” that you don’t really need. You might discuss spending a couple of hundred dollars on your own Sequim weather station with your spouse, and she might feel it is an unnecessary expense. Since I am a bachelor, I looked in the mirror and asked myself if I really needed my own Sequim weather station. The answer came back with a strong endorsement for the 5-in-1 Acurite weather station, and I thought I heard a soft voice say, “Chuck, you’ve been an especially good boy this year, and you deserve a Sequim weather station.”
By the way, it was very easy to set up, and the monitor sits on my kitchen counter and communicates wirelessly with my outdoor unit. You can set alarms on the system, too. Last night I set an alarm on the temperature when and if it reaches freezing, and it did early this morning. It reached 30 degrees for a short time before going back up. If you have animals like I do, it’s good to know what the outdoor temperature is. I love my Sequim weather station.
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